Heii everyone, I’m finally back from my trip to Portugal! It was an amazing journey and I want to share it with you! I’m gonna talk about the things you must see/visit when you’re in portugal. I’m sorry it took so long before posting another blogpost!
Me and my boyfriend started in Porto and from there we did take a little ‘roadtrip’ untill we were in lisbon. We visited Porto, Braga, guimarães, Aveiro, Tomar, Batalha, Obidos, Peniche, Sintra, Evora and Lisbon. I’m gonna do my best to only talk about the real interesting things and I will try to keep it short (but I don’t think I will).
Everyone says you have to visit lisbon, but I thought Porto was maybe even better.
Porto is a city that lies alongside the Douro River and is not far away from the Douro valley, which is know for it’s amazing nature and where you can find the many fields where they grow the grapes they use for porto
Anyway, if your hotel isn’t in the center of the city or not near the center, you can always take a metro. We mostly did everything on foot, that’s when you really discover the city or see nice things.
There are two things you should do when you’re in Porto, which is eating some of their specialties or go taste some porto. One of the specialties of porto is fish. You can walk down Cais Da Ribeira, where you can find many restaurants and cute little cafe’s. Also, the houses have different colors, but you can see this better from across the river, where you also have the many cellars of porto wine. It’s also nice to make a walk alongside the Douro and where you can enjoy the amazing view of the bridge the Ponte Louis I.
To taste some Porto, you have to cross this bridge, which is an amazing construction. When you cross the bridge, you’re no longer in Porto, this side is called Vila Nova de Gaia. Here you can find many cellars for tastings like Kopke, Sandeman, Burmester, Graham’s, calem and many more. Since my boyfriend works at a winehouse in Belgium, he wanted to taste some porto and he choose Burmester, since that’s a porto they sell. I don’t really like the taste of porto, but I can tell you, the tour we got plus the information was so interesting! We had to pay € 20 for the two of us, which isn’t really that much. I learned a lot and we got to taste the red and white porto and luckily, I did like the white porto.
If you are in the city, there are many amazing buildings to see. To start with, you have the Igreja da santo ildefonso, which is beautiful decorated from the outside with blue and white tiles. When you walk further down, you see the station São Bento which looks kinda normal on the outside, but the inside is also decorated with many blue and white tiles. Further down the road, you should visit egreja e torre dos Clérigos where you can go up in the tower to have a view upon the city. Many of you probably don’t like churches, but I do, and there were many of them so beautiful. Some only on the outside, some on the inside and some both.
This church was nice on the inside, which you don’t have to pay for, but if you want to go higher up in the church to have a view from above and were you can visit some rooms inside the church, you have to pay € 10. Not that much, right? The tower is included in this. The view was very nice to see.
Close by, you have livraria Lello, which is a bookshop, but it isn’t just a bookshop. Here you can find the most beautiful staircase, which inspired J.k. Rowling for the bookstair in the second movie, where Harry visits this bookshop to buy some schoolbooks and where he meets Gilderoy Lockheart (remember?). Of course, you have to pay to visit this bookshop. On the corner of the same street, you can buy a ticket for 5 euros. If you buy a book in livraria Lello, you get your 5 euro’s back. If I can give you a tip, buy your ticket in advance and come back between 17 and 18 p.m. Most people visit in the morning and the afternoon, so it should be less crowded. I had to have a lot of patience to get a good picture without all the people on it. It was kinda frustrating, but I managed to get on. The rest of the bookstore is pretty beautiful to, but it’s still a bookshop. I payed my € 5 to get a quick picture, to go up and look around. They were cleaver enough to make money out of this. Still, I’m happy I saw it.
Ofcourse we visited the Sé Do Porto, which is the kathedral of the city. I thought it was kinda more beautiful on the outside than the inside, but that’s my opinion. Still worth a visit.
A last thing I’m gonna tell you is, if you want a beautiful sunset, you have two options.
You could go to Jardins do Palácio de Cristal which is a beautiful and big park where there are also many beautiful peakcocks. If you wait long enough, you have a beautiful sunset and a view over a side of the city.
We were a bit to early, but another day, we climbed tot he highest point of the point louis I bridge and still enjoyed the beautiful colors of the sun and the sky. Be sure to make a nightwalk alongside the Douro as well!
These were the highlights of Porto, but don’t be fooled, their were many more! You have the many little streets and cute shops. Their are many parks and much more beautiful buildings. There is an awesome ‘barn’ where they sell lots of cool vintage stuff. I would say, Porto is worth the visit!