City Guide: Porto

Porto is one of the biggest cities in Portugal. To be quite honest, it is a really typical city when it comes to South Europe. Some very small streets, some very big streets, the near to the Atlantic, some historic buildings and castles, some museums and a climate where it is always warm, even in winter. Porto is a beautiful city and has much to offer!

When we first arrived in Porto, we weren’t too positively surprised about what we saw. It seemed like there are some very high buildings, neither architectural great nor any beautiful – as long as one can say that skyscrapers are beautiful. But when we got in deeper, saw more sides of Porto and nearby Gaia, which is like the other side of Porto, but an own city and bigger, our impression changed.

Porto 8

What we explored were a lot castles which I, unfortunately, cannot name anymore, the beach, historic sides of the city and the probably most famous bridge of Porto, Ponte Dom Luís I. Not to forget about the Douro!

This time, we decided to go for a city tour with a sightseeing bus, nothing that we normally do.

On the sightseeing bus

On the sightseeing bus

But, as Porto is that big and it was actually payable (not like in cities like NYC or something), it seemed to be the best solution for us. And, to be honest, we were able to see everything with that! Here’s a little gallery about where we went past.

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In the evening, we strolled around a bit along the beach, which was absolutely amazing due to the sunset going on.

Even though it was December when we visited Porto, it was not too cold. Sure, nothing to rely on a simple t-shirt, but nothing to freeze with a jacket as well. Porto is no city to describe with its impressive sights. It’s just the flair of the city which is worth experiencing yourself. On the one hand, there is the Ponte Dom Luís I, a bridge, to admire. On the other hand, there are the small streets, cozy squares to enjoy a coffee and old and historic buildings all over the city.

When it comes to food, it’s recommendable to go where locals go. We had dinner two times and it was absolutely delicious. The first evening, we went to a restaurant where only local dishes were served.

Bacalhau

Bacalhau

On the second evening, we were waiting about two hours for the “best burgers of the city”. No reservation in advance, no chance to wait for others while they are on their way. First come, first serve. After all of us were complete – 8 people – our time together waiting started. Well, nothing I would do every day. But a special experience and worth the great burger nevertheless!

Burger

Shame on me, the guided bus explained everything in different languages. However, I already forgot many of the details, which makes it hard to get to know afterwards how certain things are called. I will definitely keep Porto in mind very positively, especially as the sun was always shining, even though I cannot define where exactly I was…

 

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10 Comments on “City Guide: Porto

  1. I went to Porto a few years ago during the worst of its recession, but I still loved it. I agree that eating where the locals eat is a good idea. Twice I went back to the same restaurant along the water that served fresh seafood for incredibly reasonable prices. I also liked seeing all the different colored ceramic tiles on the buildings… very unique and lovely.

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