RU  UK  EN
Статьи  >  Visit  >  If you have 10 dollars and you are in Porto

If you have 10 dollars and you are in Porto

Автор: 07.06.2020 | Portugal, we were there, 10 dollars
We continue exploring prices in popular cities. Today our story is about second most important city of Portugal – Porto. On particular ways to spend 10 dollars there – read on in OUTLOOK.

Northern capital of the country, legendary shelter for sailors and simply one of the most beautiful cities of Europe, Porto itself is pretty small – about 250 people inhabit it. At that almost two million people live in an agglomeration called Greater Porto Metropolitan Area. Economy is mainly based on heavy industry, particularly ship-building, foodstuff and textile ones. A significant income item of the municipality is tourism because center of Porto is a UNESCO World Heritage object so people come to admire it from all over the world and thank to mild climate they do it 365 days a year.Porto.jpg
Photo brownboytravels.blog

As to salary levels, they do not differ much from the ones of the capital, Lisbon. Minimum income constitutes 589 euro, same as averagely for the country, and makes for one of the lowest indicators for EU-countries. But share of those, who get it, is relatively small – about 7% of population and the number decreases every year, because Portuguese economy develops, however slowly yet steadily. Average salary in Porto is about 1200-2000 euro and it can afford a great life there. But let us get back to our traditional tenner of dollars and see how and on what one can spend this money.

Read also: These red roofs of Ribeira...

We start with a visit to a supermarket, for instance, to a popular Pingo Doce chain. 10 dollars mean a kilogram of fresh and incredibly-sized shrimps, or 5 cans of beer, or 20 baguettes, or 3 chocolate bars, or a kilogram of cheese, or 20 liters of water. After a tour around meat and fish departments, this money can buy 3 chickens, kilogram and a half of pork, two kilos of dorados or one and a half of tuna. Should we talk fruits and vegetables, 10 dollars turn into a fortune because one can buy 8 kilograms of carrot, 20 – of potatoes, and 7 kilograms of oranges against it. One can also take 5-7 bottles of great local wine – low price does not reflect on quality. Olive oil, that is served not only in restaurants but at ordinary snack bars just like salt and pepper, can be probably bought cheaper only in Spain because 10 dollars mean 2-3 liters, or sometimes up to as much as 5, depending on a brand.213e46fe75b1a7278a6510b56dda13a3.jpgPhoto escape.com.au

Well, I guess it is clear already that it will be hard to bring home bags from a supermarket so you’ll have either to take public transport or treat yourself to a taxi ride. With 10 dollars you’ll be able to take 4 rides in subway or modern bus, 3.5 rides on centuries-old sightseeing tram that takes people to the ocean, 5 rides on a funicular or go in a cab for 8 km. Local citizens use special season cards that make fares even cheaper. All in all, the Portuguese don’t like going by foot therefore they have stops far and near: in subway a trip from one station to another takes 30-40 seconds tops. But it is worth mentioning that though trams and buses are everywhere and they operate on schedule, standard waiting time is 15-20 minutes. So, large amount of means of transport in the streets is an optical illusion because of narrow streets. By the way, fuel costs 1.5 dollars a liter.

Ok, now, where do we go: to the theatre, to a museum or to the stadium, maybe? Latest idea is, unfortunately, not an option – when local football club Porto plays on beautiful Estádio do Dragão, the cheapest ticket costs 15 dollars so you cannot go and shout something from stands. But you can easily afford a ticket to the movies instead – even twice with your tenner. You can have one visit to the theatre or three tours around famous museum-bookshop Lello, where inspiration descended upon Joanne Rowling and she came up with a story of Harry Potter.Porto-Old-Town01_shutterstock_365359853.jpg
Photo traveller.ee

If we’ve had enough of culture-related leisure, we can go to bars and cafés. Ten dollars is a price of a pretty good dinner with a glass of either wine or beer. Against this money one can eat (and blow up afterwards) the famous Francesinha – a sandwich that is only served in Porto; still, it is hard to call it a sandwich – it is a sound dish even for a hungry man. Coffee-lovers with $10 can have about 7 cups of outstanding coffee while sweet-teeth – 3 – 4 most delicious deserts. A helping of ‘bacalao’ – fried cod with potatoes and vegetables will cost about 8 dollars leaving enough for a drink, too.

Read also: What do they eat: Portugal

All in all, Porto is a pretty cheap city by European standards. Even being a tourist and eating three times a day at public nutrition establishments alone, it is hard to spend over 30 dollars a day – sure enough, this is given that your goal is just to eat, not check in at some expensive restaurants. And there are such, just like everywhere. If you are a local citizen or don’t stay at a hotel but rent an apartment with kitchen, daily expenses on food will hardly exceed 10-15 dollars for two. So, if you make up your mind to go there, you can safely count on 50 dollars a day – this will be more than enough for entertainment, transportation and not to stay hungry. More to that, fun will not abandon you because local wine is really cheap and is sold on every step.Think-Portugal-Porto-515672142-SeanPavonePhoto-copy.jpgPhoto worldtravelguide.net

Additional information on prices in Porto:

Renting one-room apartment is 250 dollars in ordinary districts, 300-350 dollars in the city center or by the ocean (Boavista).

Used cars in fine condition – 2-3 thousand dollars, yearly car insurance 200-250 dollars depending on maker and engine capacity.

Monthly utility bills, if your family consists of two people, constitute 50 – 70 dollars.

Internet – 20 dollars a month.

Bus ticket Porto – Lisbon – 25 dollars. Purchase of a roundtrip ticket makes it cheaper by some 20%.

Cover photo independent.co.uk

Вам это будет интересно:
If you have 10 dollars and you are in Budapest
We continue our one of the most practical and useful sections on city prices on how you spend $ 10 worth. Today's story is about Budapest - one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe
We were there: Vienna
Vienna is a blood vessel of old Europe known for being aristocratic, sophisticated, filled with museums. Photographer Yulia Kochetova says what visiting this city it is mandatory to attend the Opera, pay homage to royal palaces and drink delicious coffee with cream.There are 80 city museums out of which one can and should choose, so let’s start falling in love with the Vienna Museum Quarter.
World transport: Vertical Lisbon
Lisbon is one of the most beautiful and ancient cities in Europe, however, its territory is difficult for living and building due to its steep hilly terrain. Portuguese metropolis is situated on seven densely populated hills. That's why its hallmark is three funicular railroads and the elevator, without which tourists and residents would be much in trouble moving around the city.
If you have 10 dollars and you are in Athens
Unique millennial sights, delicious cuisine, beach outskirts - magnificent Athens offers its guests so many options for spending time that their eyes diverge which means there can be a lot of expenses. In order to at least roughly prepare for the financial side of a trip to this wonderful city, we talk about how and what our favorite conditional 10 dollars can be spent on.
Summer at a Real Ranch!
Upon watching movies about Wild West in America, more than one generation of children dragged their parents towards horses nearby a circus to try on well-loved characters and feel that very atmosphere for a minute. However that minute has always seemed way to short for me. Therefore, when I grew up, I headed to Colorado State to work on a real-life horse guest ranch called Sundance.
Bairro Alto: Fado in full swing
After a trip to a warm and welcoming Portugal, we are eager to share a lot of stories about cities, people and architecture of this amazing country. Today OUTLOOK will tell our readers about one of the most exciting neighbourhoods of Lisbon, a vibrant Bairro Alto.
Everone soon or late comes to Rome
He shall never again be wholly unhappy, for he has seen Italy and especially Rome, Goethe said. Our reader and photographer Roman Matkov fully agrees with this opinion. Today he is sharing his impressions of the eternal city with our readers.
If you have 10 dollars and you are in Hurghada
We are proceeding to spend $10 in various destination... Today, in the sands of Hurghada, Egypt, we are looking for something worthy investing this money, to feel the city, touch and taste it. At the same time, we will see how not to fall into the trap of vendors who for the sake of your traveller’s wallet, will build a new pyramids and bring unknown species of scarabaeus.
Azulejo: Story of tiles
You often got convinced that skilful hands of a master who puts life into his creation, can transform humble tree stump into a charming violin, piece of plaster becomes an ancient sculpture, and even clay tile looks like a work of fine art.
If you have 10 dollars and you are in Seoul
People with features of magpie who likes every glittery thing, will find it very difficult to stay in Seoul. If you are used to the fact that your eyes get lost in ordinary shops, then, believe me, in Seoul they will go multi kilometre marathons with your every step. What if you have only $10 in your pocket? Be patient and spend money on the most interesting things.
Pleasurable vacation of places to relax in peace and quiet
Summer is up to come very soon which means that it is time to plan a vacation, pack your bags and make up a list of must visit destinations. We understand that in a busy city it is hard to find a place where absolute silence reigns. It is natural for all humans to search for tranquillity sometimes. If you are one of these people, then breath out with relief.
Richard Gannon: The Faroe Islands - Sheep islands
Only three months a year air connection between the United Kingdom and Faroe Islands operates. I was excited about my future trip although I didn’t realize the whole nine yards of what was expecting me there, in the North. Sometimes I was picturing the Faroes as the land covered in ice. Next moment it seemed that strong wind persists in the islands which meant that I would be blown off some cliff into cold water.
If you have 10 dollars and you are in Stockholm
Stockholm is one of the most expensive cities in the world. Nevertheless, its residents are satisfied with this status of the capital, and it is no wonder since an average salary in the city reaches USD2800... So, at first glance, it is a difficult task to have a good fun in the Swedish capital if you have just USD10 in your pocket. But this task is not hopeless once you stir your imagination and wind up your brain.
We were there: Morocco - a wonderful country
Local open-air markets start working in the evenings. No house can avoid insects. Inhabitants almost learned how to be friends with snakes. On top of it, imagine, they do not dream of the sea! The Ukrainian SMM expert Anna Funt, who spent an unforgettable vacation there, shared with us her impressions about all the subtleties of the Kingdom of Morocco.
Peru. Places of power
Israel, India, Mecca - these geographic points are very important for the followers of various religions and not for them only: while on pilgrimage, one can experience the grace and feel the most powerful concentration of energy, even if being non-believer. In the territory of the South America, in Peru, there are also places of power about which writes our reader and author Iya Zaitseva.
If you have 10 dollars and you are in Vilnius
Today we are spending precious crisp green note that depicts an outstanding American finance expert Alexander Hamilton. What it is worth in a cozy Vilnius of Lithuania – read further in OUTLOOK. Nowadays Vilnius, just as the whole Lithuania, is in the state of gradual and steady economic growth...
We were there: Cyprus. Affordable and beautiful
The streets are teeming with tangerine trees and fruits, falling right under your feet, fill the air with a pleasant citrus scent... Camera operator Pavel Petrushko has been to Cyprus five times and considers it an ideal budget-friendly place for a relaxing holiday. He told us how to arrange your stay there comfortably.
Houses that they build…Unusual houses
Treehouses, dug-outs and secret shelters – all the things we used to build when children. Unfortunately, as we grow older, fantasy fades and most of us now live in uncomfortable grey “boxes”. However, there are people who have created dwellings of their dreams by themselves.
Postcards from Montenegro
Resale activist and entrepreneur Mariana Buialo and her father, a design engineer Viktor, brought unique impressions and hundreds of photos from a spontaneous but very inspiring trip to Montenegro. They gladly shared these photos with OUTLOOK, and we, in turn, share them with you.
We were there: Portugal is a place for romantics
Elena Shikita, a graphic designer, having once visited friends in Portugal, fell in love with this wonderful country so much that she decided to go back and spend the winter there. Staying in the small town of Cascais, she enjoyed the beauty, delicious food and, of course, the gentle sun of this South European pearl. Lena shared her impressions with us...
Закрыть
Outlook facebook page