Porto sounds delightful doesn’t it? It is a city full of character, great food and wine and magnificent buildings. It was a city that I chose to spend 2 days in recently; arriving in the morning of one day, and leaving by lunchtime two days later. During my time, I stayed in a wonderful air bnb apartment I had enough time to cram in a lot of what the city had to offer, although I did leave and felt that 2 days wasn’t quite enough.
Here are some postcards from my trip to Porto
The Dom Luis I Bridge takes a prominent place on the waterfront in Porto. It can be crossed along the top, where the metro train runs over, or along the bottom. The views from the top take in the wonderfully colourful city.
The waterfront in Porto is a vibrant area, and great for people watching. There are various boat trips and tours you can get, if you have some time, or you can sit at some of the many cafes or restaurants and while the day away.
The architecture in Porto is nothing short of magnificent. Typical Portuguese tiling cover many of the buildings, many of which are brightly coloured, or have beautiful floral displays outside. Beauty is literally around every corner.
The Sao Bento train station is definitely a great place to visit – it is possibly one of the most beautiful train stations in the World.
Porto is quite a quirky wee city. You’ll find a fair bit of street art around the place, when you visit.
Porto is easy to walk around, but beware – it is full of hills, so you may want to wear some good walking shoes on your trip there. If you aren’t keen on walking there are plenty of trams, buses and metros that you can jump on.
Food and wine
Porto is famous for its port wine, and you can take a trip over to one of the many wine cellars for a tour. I ran out of time, but instead was content to trip wine in restaurants we ate in.
During my trip, we visited the Intercontinental hotel for my birthday meal, and I had some mean steak. Another thing you need to try in the city is the awesome pastries and cakes – they’re divine.
If you want a good place to see local life and sample yummy treats – head to the Padaria Ribero cafe, were the locals stand by the counter drinking strong coffee and chat about their day. I had my birthday morning tea here.