Friday, December 6, 2019

Porto, Portugal

Porto, the second largest city in Portugal, is located in Northern Portugal.
It is situated along the Duoro River, and is well known for its beautiful vineyards and world famous Port wine. There are many blogs that cover these areas. If you are not interested in wine, or are short on time, here are some Porto essentials for your itinerary.

Dating back to 300 BC, Porto is rich in history and beautiful architecture.

Historic Center - recognized as a World Heritage Site, it is very walkable.

Azulejo tiles can be found all over Porto. These tiles were initially brought over from Seville in the 15h century.


Porto is known as the City of Bridges. The most famous was built by a disciple of Gustave Eiffel. It has two levels where pedestrians can walk, along with the metro and car traffic.
Walk the bridge for the best views of Porto. Cross the Duoro River and spend the afternoon in Vila Nova de Gaia.

Portugal is also known for the food. There are many iconic Portuguese dishes. The almond tart is a must try.

Perhaps the most famous pastry is the Pasteis de Nata. This delighful egg custard is served warm with cinnamon and sugar sprinkled on top.

If you are craving chocolate, be sure to stop by Chocolataria Equador, This artisan chocolate shop is amazing.

Pedro dos Frangos is an institution in Porto. Be prepared to wait in line for this comfort food destination.

Lastly, a must-see for a unique experience in Porto is the Livraria Lello bookstore.  It is over 100 years old, and one of the most beautiful bookstores in the World.  Also, it is considered to be the inspiration of J.K. Rowling and her Harry Potter books. Visit this tiny dynamo in the Fall or Winter. Summer brings crowds of 4,000-5,000 daily.

Porto is an amazing city that has so much to offer. Friendly people, amazing food and sites. This affordable and accessible city will call you from Lisbon again and again.

Happy Travels.

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