100 % Portuguese
When you enter Porto you enter the portuguese dream. You suddenly see what we all dream about when we think about Portugal : Houses clinging like oysters to the hillside, the seaside and its infinite blue color, the red roofs, the steep little streets, the good portuguese restaurants, street art all over the city… This city is vibrant and colorful !
Here we go, zoom on portugal and on Porto and follow the guide for a few days city trip.
Walk along the Douro river
To see how beautiful Porto is from down the hill.
Mandatory walk on the “Luis” bridge
Yes, this place is super crowded with tourists, all taking the same picture, but it’s still worth it.
Start looking around you for an alternative touch to your city trip, street art is everywhere
For a complete tour, you can start by downloading this PDF file made by someone offering street art tours (download here) it should help you figure out where to start and then just get lost in the streets, you’ll find plenty of different fun drawings. FYI : Lapa metro station is full of tags but not the best, therefore if you’re short on time, just skip it and focus on the city center.
And for my favorite murals :
This map is for street art only, zoom on Portugal and then on Porto and click on any point of interest and you can see my picture… Easy ! And if you’d like me to feature a piece of work you’re working on or you like or to add the name of an artist I didn’t know, contact me ==> firstname.lastname@example.org
You can even take some time to discover some pretty “Azulejos”, the old style street art
Porto is the place to be for any foodie who is interested in Portuguese cuisine. There are plenty of options, here is my little selection :
Reco da baixa
A restaurant where you can try the very popular leitao (I have no idea what it’s called in english but the description would be something like “baby pig cooked on a spit”) and its garlic sauce… delicious !
A small cosy restaurant where you can eat a delicious francesinha cooked in pizza dough or very generous salads.
More the vegetarian type ?
Try “Rota do cha”, simple food, delicious tea and a gorgeous hidden garden in the city center. More than recommended.
Vegetarian but more the gastronomic type ?
Try “Em carne viva”, a vegetarian restaurant working with the good old portuguese recipes but without meat. Classy and delicious.
A junk food envy ?
Welcome to “Honorato Hamburgueres“, a bar/restaurant quite trendy where you can find burgers of all sorts (small or big, your call). They even serve a vegetarian burger with chick peas, lentils, camembert (french cheese), salad and tomatoes… So good ! The non alcoholic cocktails are a bit expensive though… but really good !
And if you feel like a classy restaurant, try “élebé”
Very chic and stylish, food is good and portions very generous.
Do not miss the susnset at “Praia de Matosinhos”
Enjoy also Porto by night, this city really is vibrant and colorful, by day and at night too. (Here : Praça de libertade at sunset). And enjoy the different parks and gorgeous churches and cathedral. I don’t have good pictures for that but I had a wonderful reading moment in the jardins do palacio de cristal and I’ve seen incredibly beautiful Azulejos on the churches all around the city.