Your heart beats faster when you reach Porto.
Comfortably seated at one of the terraces in the Carmo area, the éclairs of Leitaria da Quinta do Paço and the sweet food of Padaria Ribeiro are a perfect way of beginning this day and getting the necessary strength to climb the 225 steps of Portugal’s highest tower.
With your head in the clouds the view from the Clérigos Tower is simply astonishing – a true “Amor de Perdição” (love novel by Camilo Castelo Branco). You just wish to get lost within its corners and old streets filled with history.
This time we chose a tuktuk trip, travelling in this electrical and quiet vehicle that took us around the baroque city, with its Cathedral, the gild carving in the Igreja Conventual de S. Francisco de Assis and the magnificent tiles of the São Bento Railway Station, the Chapel of Almas and the Church of Ordem Terceira de Nossa Senhora do Carmo.
We’re a bit hungry right now, but it seems hard to choose from Porto’s typical dishes – Francesinha or Porto Style Tripe – more sophisticated food or grab a bite or try varied specialties in the so characteristic local restaurants. We went for a Francesinha this time and the experience turned out to be as “spicy” as our love.
For coffee, nothing better than the Café Majestic, located on the commercial street of Santa Catarina, whenever possible on the terrace, lazily enjoying the sun. A shopping atmosphere all over the place …
When walking down the street called “31 de Janeiro” we’re surprised by the Lugar da Jóia, where one can eventually watch how a filigree piece is made. We wanted to know more about this craft, so we went to the House of Filigree, where we traveled through centuries of history and tradition.
We cross the river on a Rabelo boat and keep this lifelong beautiful picture of what is called a Cascata Sanjoanina (typical house cascade).
Back to the Historical Centre, a tram trip awaits us - another chance to fall in love with the river Douro along its bank up to the Passeio Alegre Garden.
But in Porto, the river goes hand in hand with the sea. And here we are, then, you and me, by the lighthouse, side by side, cuddled by the waves, embraced by the sunset and rocked by the magic of the landscape, so beautiful and wide…
On the seaside terrace we enjoy a delicious “Porto tónico” (a refreshing combination of white port and tonic water) as time goes silently by. We want to go to Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art and Casa da Música too, but we have to leave it for tomorrow.
What now? Maybe a quiet dinner, here in the Foz Velha area, or going back to the city centre, where the whole city gets together and night becomes alive.
By the way, about that filigree piece you fell in love with?…
Enjoy a delicious “Porto tónico” on a seaside terrace
Planeie a sua viagem
Dotada de uma rede de acessibilidades em franca expansão é possível chegar facilmente à cidade de avião, autocarro, automóvel, barco, comboio ou metro.
O Porto é um dos destinos turísticos mais antigos da Europa e a riqueza do seu património artístico, o Vinho do Porto, os vastos espaços dedicados ao lazer e a sua vida cultural são apenas alguns dos motivos que convidam a visitar a cidade.
Aqui encontra alguns dados essenciais sobre o Porto, bem como a referência a vários serviços públicos e privados disponíveis.
É fácil deslocar-se nos limites da cidade com recurso aos transportes públicos ou em viatura própria ou alugada.
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