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Smart runs in Lisbon were already available on the app, and they’re great, but the next best thing? Porto. Three brand new exclusive itineraries await you in Porto, of 5, 10 or 15 kilometres.
Next time you jet off to Porto, remember to take your running shoes and headphones with you, and you’ll get a free tour of Porto thanks to the Runnin’City app!
Porto, a city that attracts more and more tourists every year
Porto has become a very popular destination among travellers. It was named the Best European Destination in 2012, 2014, and again in 2017.
The city truly is an absolute gem, with its beautiful architecture (its medieval centre was recognised by UNESCO in 1996), its vivid culture, its fine cuisine and its beautiful green spaces. The locals are said to be welcoming, and the wine is among the most popular drinks in the country.
Sightjogging in Porto with Runnin’City
Runnin’City, the leading sightrunning app, now offers three Smart Runs for those wanting to combine tourism with running in Porto. Lace up your trainers, pop in your earphones, put your phone in your pocket, and follow the tour guide through the city! The app will audio guide you to all of Porto’s main points of interest, and give you fun facts about them! Whether you are running for the first time or have been regularly doing so for years, the Runnin’City app is there for you – just choose the route with the distance and difficulty that suits you best.
If you have enough time, we recommend you try the 10 kilometre Smart Run through the city. This route will guide you to the city centre’s main points of interest, but will also take you to the Douro river and through the Crystal Palace Garden. The route has an elevation gain of 300 meters though… you have been warned…
On the other hand, if you are in more of a hurry, the 5 kilometre Smart Run should suit you perfectly, as it offers a quick tour of the historic centre. Alternatively, if you want to push yourself, why not go for the 15 kilometre route to really get the most out of your run! We recommend you take a few minutes to admire the beautiful architecture of the São Bento station, as well as checking out the historic Lello bookshop, and even take a look at Café Majestic, where the first Harry Potter book was written. It will all be worth it once you get to the mirador in front of the church, as it offers a beautiful view over the city.
Where to eat and drink in Porto
After a healthy session of sightjogging in Porto, you will most likely be feeling peckish. What a great way to learn even more about the city’s culture!
Portuguese cuisine is truly delicious. It was influenced by both the Mediterranean and Atlantic cultures. It incorporates spices, wild meats and local vegetables. Plus, don’t miss the traditional pastries! Here is a selection of our favourite bars and cafés in Porto.
Confeitaria do Bolhao: Located near the old harbour, in front of the Bolhao market, this little coffee shop is the best place to eat typical homemade Portuguese pastries, including the famous pasteis de nata. Try them with fresh fruit juice and you ‘re bound to love them! Confeitaria do Bolhao, Rua Formosa 339, Porto 4000-252.
A Casa do Evaristo: The name of the restaurant literally translates to “Evaristo’s House”, which suits the place perfectly! The restaurant is very welcoming, and has a nice atmosphere recalling a modest 1950s Portuguese house. The food is simple yet delicious. If you are lucky enough, you might even get the chance to hear fado, the traditional Portuguese music. A Casa do Evaristo, Rua Fernandes Tomás, 535, Porto
Touriga Vinhos de Portugal: The perfect spot for tasting Porto’s finest wines. Davide, the owner, is incredibly enthusiastic and talks passionately about the different wines and as well as the region. He will let you try a variety of wines, without ever pushing you to buy a bottle. Rua Fabrica 32, Porto 4050-245, Portugal