Picture this scenery: you’re with a Portuguese friend or in a restaurant, in Porto, and you are not sure what to visit. You ask: “What do you recommend seeing in Porto?” The other person picks up a pen and a napkin and starts sketching a plan for you. Will the route include Torre dos Clérigos and Livraria Lello? Sure. But Porto is (and has) far more than that!
Aimed at a younger and alternative crowd, Use-IT Porto maps were made by locals offering a new way to look at the city. And they are free! After the first edition, in 2011, the most recent one offers new places, explains how to cook Portuguese recipes, how the “kissing protocol” works, and even how to impress the locals with words like “morcão” e “carago.”
Besides the so-called obvious places, the guide reveals some underground spots like Mon Père e Cru, Nabos da Púcara and Rei dos Galos, the Cave 45 and even a neighborhood -Bairro Herculano. Getting out of the city center, you can also find the beaches in Gaia, Matosinhos and Foz.
The Use-IT Porto can be found in any Tourism Office and in almost 50 hostels spread around the city. As alternative, you can also print the map – click here – or download the free app – for now, only available for IPhone.