Hi readers! Happy to be back on the tec’s! Very proud to write this post about one of which i considere “my cities”:PORTO. You should know that Porto is the second capital city of Portugal, a country with lovely people and fascinating things to do and see, appreciate and taste!
I don’t even know where to start :P! Let me begin with some things that are a MUST in this lovely city. You should pick a boat and make the Douro River to have a general look of the houses, the architecture, the bridges (6) and of course the river and also the “Ribeira” and “Gaia” (another village/kind of small city that belongs to Porto). After that, you definitely should go to some Porto’s wine cave (there are lots of them in Gaia, the other side of the bridge) to make a tour and taste this world-known unique wine and also because it’s a experience to see all the steps/process they do to make it and the place, in general, is very interesting. And if you don’t feel like going to a cave, just sit on one of the bars/restaurants by the river and have a red wine and some “chouriça assada”. Good for pre dinner and to try our amazing wine.
Walk, walk and walk! Discover the city walking, of course you can pick some public transports (subway, bus, train, car, etc) but i normally love to walk on the streets and appreciate those cute typical shops, the food menus on the blackboards, the charming restaurantes around the city and of course the people is the most special. If you can pick a “eléctrico” an old train typical from Portugal (you have to make a trip.Its so lovely with the old people from the city which is there normal transport) that has like 3 principal lines, 1, 22 and 18, you must check it out ’cause you can do like a around on the center and there’s another one that go around the “Ribeira” on the way to the beaches (Matosinhos, Foz, etc). Also get amazed of the many coffee bars/ bakeries that this city has, i get lost everytime i go (you need to forget about the diet in this country), you really need to stop and try some sweet or salty finger food. Delicious!
On the city i recommend you to see: Palacio de Cristal, Estação de São Bento, Torre dos Clérigos, Rua Das Flores, Ribeira, Mercado do Bolhão, (the market in the middle of the city where you can find vegetables, bread, flowers, and also if you wanna eat for low prices they have small restaurantes inside the place where you can find typical people from Porto and get in touch with them at the same time try a nice sangria with some portuguese dish), Serralves, Libraria Lello, etc. And as i said, walk and discover the places that this city has to give. You can always buy some magazine like Time Out Porto and it will guide you and inform you about whats happening in town that month, as well as recommend some restaurants and more 🙂
Don’t leave the town without listening to FADO (typical music from Portugal) you have specifics places to go like Restaurante Mariquinhas, which i recommend to reserve in advance because is very small. In case, there’s no show that night, walk by the Ribeira and the small streets around the center and probably you’ll see some place that does it on an Amateur way, where everybody can have a try and sing also if they want! Very special this music, as well the singers and players that made it possible and so emotional.
One thing you have to know about portuguese culture, a parte of the nice people they are and very polite, is the food, we love to eat and to cook! And all the dishes ar not normally light, general about rices, good meat, fresh fish and Francesinha (its a MUST eat this world know kind of sandwich, typical from the city and very good!). About restaurants you have so many options and kinds of cuisine that you can choose, you have the normal “tascas” (it’s the name we give to small places to have lunch/dinner or whatever, cheap and food from the land and made probably by an old portuguese lady or man! very tasty), then, you have restaurantes for every pocket and every taste. If you are into cuisine and want to see and try some food on a special way you have some places like: the Yeatman hotel (1 star michelin), also Pedro Lemos restaurant. There are so many that i couldn’t write them all, let’s just put some of my favorites: Casa solar do pasto, Cepa Torta, LSD, Bar Tolo, Tasca do Antonio, Santiago (for the francesinha), Cantina 32, Toupeirinha (for fresh fish and selfish), Miss opo, Museu da Avó… PS: the best place to eat fish dishes is in Matosinhos, a city that belongs to Porto, has beach also and lots of restaurante that have their grills outside and do the seafood.
Last and not the less important thing i recommend, is to get to know the nightlife that Porto has to offer. We have like lots of places to have a drink before or after dinner, i mean, with a terrace and more relaxed like: Champanharia (for Sangria), Bonaparte (Foz), Candelabro, Casa do Ló, Café Victoria, etc.. There are 2 streets on the center which are parallel and have lots of bars and pubs “as Galerías”, very nice places with different kind of music when you can go for a drink and seat, listen some good music and also where you can dance and enjoy the ambient. I personally love to go to: Plano B (lovely place with 2 floor and 2 dance floors with different music, normally very good, also Maus Habitos to start the night, Passos Manuel (those last 2 are near the Coliseum – theatre), Armazém do Chá, Rendez- vous, Ferrugem, etc. Depends on what kind of music your are into, check the pages online or pass by and get to know it! If you are into techno music, and more like clubbing you have Gare club (a cave near the train station, nice sound) but i definitely recommend you to go to : Industria Club. Check out the agenda! Nice place, in front of the beach (Foz), and very very important, lovely people working and amazing music!
About the sleeping part, if you want to stay in a hotel there are lots of them, also in the center with views. But i must tell and show my experience, this time i rent a small loft in the middle of old town, you cannot imagine how cute it was! and could go walking everywhere, also the views were stunning! Here i leave you the link in case you wanna check it out (also Miguel the landor, very nice and very helpful with the places to go and all): Charming loft .
Just to finish, it’s a very nice place to visit and taste! ❤ I truly encourage you to come and get to know our special country.