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Porto is the second biggest city of Portugal.
For the airport of Porto, check out the Francisco de Sá Carneiro article.
Going South is very easy, even when you start from within the nearby city of Gaia, which is just across the Douro River. One spot in Gaia is a roundabout, next to the last metro stop (Santo Ovídio). This is an okay spot to stand, even at night, for going to both towards the north Porto and above as well as going south. It is better if you stare down the highway which points towards A1 Highway going to Lisbon and turning right to Porto and North , there is a small red light and stand there if you want to head back to Porto and North
Now if you want to head to 1) Lisbon 2) Aveiro 3) Viseu 4) Salamanca
Just get out of the metro station Santa Ovidio, turn left and then left again to look at the narrow road that leads straight to A1 Highway and turns right for going back to Porto on the right. Walk along until you reach a redlight for pedestrians to cross. Now out here don't stop and keep movins straight ahead until road splits, cars going to Lisbon get on the Left ( center road ) . You walk there as well. ( this is not a HIGHWAY but just a motorway so no problem of any kind ) . Walk straight to the direction of the sign that says Lisbon and points to A1 highway. As you walk on a little confused you will see this road goes under a road bridge which is actually the real highway. Don't try to hitch hike under the bridge since cars are at high speed and no body wants to stop over. Walk further on and after the bridge the road turns upwards and left. Keep walking the turn and then when you see fence on the right and you have done the turn, this is a good spot to STOP AND LOOK for a RIDE. Since it is a little steep at this point the cars naturally slow down and there is ample of space for them to STOP and pick you up. You can ask for being dropped to the second gas station or the last one before Aveiro ( both are same ) . This gas station is super awesome and you can easily find rides to Lisbon or Aveiro or even Viseu which is in the direction of Salamanca.
If nobody stops here just walk a little more like 700 m only and then you enter highway and 200 meters on the right is the first petro station again a great place to hitchhike.
= The route to France
For people trying to go from Porto and enter France as fast as possible. Go to the second Gas station, get lift in the direction of Viseu and then get dropped at any petrol station and then look out for cars and Portugese trucks which are going to France or cars that are from Belgium or Netherlands. Be patient and ensure you do not get down anywhere else but only petrol stations; don't go with drivers to their city center or you will get stuck. Near border of Spain before the border if you are at a gas station, wait until you find a car or truck that goes all the way to Saint Sebastian, a Spanish town on the French border. You will have to be patient and you will definitely find with a little time and patience. Try to get a direct ride to France ( so that you can skip Spain) which is a disaster for long distance hitchhiking.
North towards Braga and Spain (Vigo, Santiago de Compostella)
Option 1 Take the Tram/Train to São Frutuoso (less than 2 Euro). Walk the Rua Prof. Antonio Marques until the end and you'll arrive at a petrol station right next to the motorway to Vigo/Spain after appx 800m. Note: There is a fence around the whole petrol station, almost impossible to climb. To ring the bell and ask for entrance is a bad idea. Walk along the fence until the bridge where it's easy to climb over (January 2012). Try to be unwatched climbing the fence, the petrol station is privatized. I got kicked out in January 2012...In February 2012 I got dropped off on the other side direction Lisbon and had no problem at all staying at the petrol station. Just make sure they don't see you enter the petrol station "illegally".--Wukk 18:14, 28 February 2012 (CET)
Option 2 You may hitch from the petrol station close to metro station "Estadio do mar". At the roundabout, take Av. Calouste Gulbenkian, pass the School of design and you will see an entrance to coastal motorway A28 going North. People might also be going North using other motorways from there since there is a junction heading East close by.
There are probably many other ways of leaving Porto in that direction, yet to be discovered and shared.
Me and my travel-buddy tried the petrol station close to the metro station "Estadio do mar", but couldn't get a ride after trying for one hour. Some people at the petrol station told us about a FREE shuttle bus going north to IKEA (located close to the motorway A28) where a lot of spanish people go for shopping. The best way to get to the bus-station for the free shuttle-bus is to take the metro to "Senhora da Hora" (one stop before "Estadio do mar"), walk back (if you took the metro from the city) on the street along the metro-line, take a right into the street called "Avenida de António Domingues dos Santos / Rua da Barranha" and find a bus-station on the right side. This is how it looks like:
Take the red bus to "Mar Shopping" and get off there. We were standing at the exit of the parking-lot of IKEA and got a ride to "Viana do Castelo" after 15 minutes. This is how the mall and the bus look like:
The free shuttle-bus runs every 1,5 hours. The IKEA is open Monday to Saturday 10h-23h and Sunday/Holidays 10h-20h. I assume those times the shuttle bus runs aswell. Should it not run you can walk down "Avenida de António Domingues dos Santos / Rua da Barranha" from the bus-station to the metro station "Estadio do mar" in a few minutes and follow the descriptions above.
There is a motorway (A4) going from Porto to Bragança, a good way to get into it is to take the metro line F (direction FANZERES) and get out on station BAGUIM, from there you can walk till the second petrol station on the A4 motorway
The map above doesn't show the metro station on the satellite image, but the B arrow points to the petrol station, the walk takes about 40min (fast walking) and to enter the petrol station you can easily jump the fence if you follow it from the gate to the left.
ATTENTION: There are only 2 other petrol stations on this motorway (check Wikipedia for update), one just after Penafiel and other just before Mirandela, so if you stay on the petrol station above, ask for someone going to Vila Real to leave you on Penafiel's petrol Station, from there it's pretty easy to get a hitch to Amarante and Vila Real, but you will have to ask a hitch to someone going further than Mirandela in order to reach Bragança and ask to be left on Lamas de Orelhão's petrol Station.
If you walk from the centre east, just past the second to last white bridge there is an old train line between the upper centre and the lower road that runs along the river. Along this old train line are a few old train tunnels that are easy and relatively clean. Easily accessible from the lower road and from the top by stairways.
If you continue East a little more, nearing the last white bridge and opposite the beach there are a few empty fields, again between the lower road and the town above. Locals pass through these fields, but it would be easy to spend the night without being bothered.