If you like to go to beautiful cities with history and you also love wine (“What does it have to do with that?” I don’t know, but I love both), then you should go to Porto. It’s the second largest city in Portugal and it is located in the North of Portugal.
Picture in Praza da Liberdade.
From my homewtown (Vigo) to Portugal there’s just half hour of car, so going to Portugal never was travelling for me. Portugal was, since I have my first memory, the place where you go buy sheets and towels (Galicians…). But I was on the beach one day with some friends and we decided to go to Porto.
The main reason was basically that a friend from Puerto Rico was in Spain visiting my best friend, and it was a good way to take her to other European country, and we also had heard good things about the city.
Porto is a city of contrasts, and that’s one of the things that I liked the most. This is the “old part” of the city:
Narrow streets form the old part of the city. It is located in the upper part of the city.
And from up there, you have the best views of Porto.
And in contrast with this part of the city, we have the modern one, with wide streets and great avenues.
An avenue in the downtown of Porto.
Avenida dos Aliados.
Porto City Hall.
One of the city’s charms, is the Douro river. Porto is located in the mouth of the river Douro, which meets with the Atlantic Ocean.
A little pier in the river.
In that pier, we took a little boat that took us over the river. A tour guide was telling us the history of the city while we were in the boat ride.
After this ride, and with the same ticket, we were invited to go to one of the famous wine cellar. We went to Quevedo Port Wines (you can visit their website here). I have to admit that I was a little dissapointed. I expected to see the treaty process of the wine. But this is kind of what we saw there:
Some wine barrels.
Some signs on the walls explaining the differences between every type of wine.
And at least, we could try one of the wines!