Porto is a very special little town in the North of Portugal – the second biggest town in Portugal, after Lisbon. It´s one of the oldest European cities, which can be easily noted. The narrow alleys, old buildings, often covered with tiles, numerous churches, the cathedral, little cafés and restaurants, and the huge and ancient factories, which produce the legendary “Vinho do Porto” (Port Wine), make this city so distinctive. I went there in December 2015 with my boyfriend Julián, visiting a good friend of us, who has shown us around the whole city and the surroundings!
Porto is not like other European cities – full of selfie-taking tourists, hectic, commercial, etc.! No – it´s different, but for feeling the difference, you have to come here!
In case you are going to visit Porto in the near (or far) future, I have got some nice tips for you
My amazing travel crew
Porto on a glimpse:
– Walking along the famous Rua de Santa Catarina and feeling the special calm and friendly flair
– Eating delicious roasted chestnut that you can get everywhere in the town fresh made
– Gaze at the incredibly beautiful old buildings and churches, covered with tiles
– Taste the most expensive coffee in town in the oldest coffee house of Porto, from the 1920s “Café Majestic” – it´s even listed among the “World´s top ten most beautiful cafés” 😉
– Make a port wine tasting in one of the famous port wine factories of Porto!
– Visit the beautiful cathedral of Porto and enjoy the view
– Climb up the Clerigos Tower and enjoy the beautiful view
– Enjoy a delicious typical Portuguese “Francesinha” – plenty of traditional restaurants offer them. The recipe is top secret! 😉
– Visit the park Pavo Real and the Palacio de Cristal – especially at night, you will have a gorgeous view to the city
– Enjoy the beach – doesn´t matter if in summer or winter, it´s always worth it
– Drink “Super Bock” – the beer from Porto
– Walk along the promenade and enjoy the sunset
– In Portugal, it´s all about enjoying life! Just follow this attitude and spoil yourself with delicious coffee breaks, a Portuguese liquor, like Beirão, before or after dinner, or, of course, a glass or port wine! Saúde!
– Have a look at the old train station – it´s worth it!
– Get souvenirs, vegetables and fruits, and many other things from the market “Mercado do Bolhão”
– Crossing Ponte Luís I, to have a nice view on the river “Rio Douro” and on Porto
– Great views on Porto, from Gaia, which is just on the other side of the river
When we went to Porto, just before Christmas, the weather was amazing! Sun pure, and comfortable 15-20 Degrees. In total, we spent 4 days in Porto; 3 of them we were walking around the city, up and down and up and down … because the city is build on hills. One day, we enjoyed at the beach.
Below are some more photos (with descriptions) of our random walks around the city, enjoy
I hope, I could give you some nice impressions for your trip to Porto!
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