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That´s why you should visit beautiful PORTO

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 :)

Location of Porto

Location of Porto

My amazing travel crew :)

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Porto on a glimpse:

Walking along the famous Rua de Santa Catarina and feeling the special calm and friendly flair

Rua de Santa Catarina

Rua de Santa Catarina

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Eating delicious roasted chestnut that you can get everywhere in the town fresh made

Chestnut stand

Chestnut stand


Gaze at the incredibly beautiful old buildings and churches, covered with tiles

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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” 😉

Café Majestic

Café Majestic

In Café Majestic

In Café Majestic

Make a port wine tasting in one of the famous port wine factories of Porto!

Port wine tasting

Port wine tasting

Port wines

Port wines

Port wine tasting :)

Port wine tasting :)

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Huge port wine barrels

Huge port wine barrels

In the port wine factory

In the port wine factory

Ferreira port wine factory

Ferreira port wine factory

Visit the beautiful cathedral of Porto and enjoy the view

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Climb up the Clerigos Tower and enjoy the beautiful view

Clerigos Tower

Clerigos Tower

View from Tower Clericos

View from Tower Clericos

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Enjoy a delicious typical Portuguese “Francesinha” – plenty of traditional restaurants offer them. The recipe is top secret! 😉

Francesinha - typical dish of Portugal

Francesinha – typical dish of Portugal

Julian eating Francesinha

Julian eating Francesinha

Visit the park Pavo Real and the Palacio de Cristal – especially at night, you will have a gorgeous view to the city

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Huge palm trees in  the park Pavo Real - Palacio de Cristal

Huge palm trees in the park Pavo Real – Palacio de Cristal

Enjoy the beach – doesn´t matter if in summer or winter, it´s always worth it

Beach time in December

Beach time in December

Life could be harder...

Life could be harder…

Reefs of Porto

Reefs of Porto

Coffee at the beach

Coffee at the beach

Drink “Super Bock” – the beer from Porto

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Walk along the promenade and enjoy the sunset

Beautiful sunset at the promenade

Beautiful sunset at the promenade

At the promenade

At the promenade

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!

Enjoy your coffee break!

Enjoy your coffee break!

Licor Beirão

Licor Beirão

Port wine tasting

Port wine tasting

Have a look at the old train station – it´s worth it!

Train station of Porto

Train station of Porto

Train station hall

Train station hall

Train station from outside

Train station from outside

Get souvenirs, vegetables and fruits, and many other things from the market “Mercado do Bolhão”

Market  "Mercado do Bolhão"

Market “Mercado do Bolhão”

Crossing Ponte Luís I, to have a nice view on the river “Rio Douro” and on Porto

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Great views on Porto, from Gaia, which is just on the other side of the river

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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 :)

"Jardim do Morro" in Gaia, on the other side of the river

“Jardim do Morro” in Gaia, on the other side of the river

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Monastery "Mosteiro da Serra do Pilar"

Monastery “Mosteiro da Serra do Pilar”

Street art

Street art

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Small alley

Small alley

Roofs of Porto and Clerigos in the background

Roofs of Porto and Clerigos in the background

The "jellyfish"

The “jellyfish” – on the beach of Porto

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I hope, I could give you some nice impressions for your trip to Porto!

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-Sarita

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