I must admit in recent years I’ve stopped being all that crazy about Western Europe, it has become way too predictable to me. But then there are places out there that have a special spot in my heart and that don’t change all that much over the years. One of such cities is Porto – second biggest city of Portugal. It was the first country that I’ve ever visited, back in 1997 and my recent trip there was the 3rd one to this small country at the edge of Europe. During each trip I stopped by in Porto and every time I fell in love with it. Even randomly seeing pictures of Porto online made my think of going there right away.
Maybe I’m just sentimental but Porto is really incredible! Located at the mouth of the river Duoro, with a really steep streets and lanes, it is one of the most beautiful yet underrated cities in Europe. It is slowly changing and the popularity of Porto grows but overall still not that many people discovered this amazing place. And even with tourists it’s not that hard to escape the crowds! All you need to do is to enter the maze of winding lanes and walk around – even if you get lost it is a pure pleasure and a real treat! From that perspective Porto looks somehow edgy but that just gives it even more character! Wandering aimlessly around was the highlight of my stay there!
First mentions of Porto come from the 5th century and ever since its been an important center. However the city isn’t known for its beauty or history. It got the most popularity thanks to the Port wine, produced only in the Duoro valley and transported in big barrels down the river to the caves in Vila Nova de Gaia. These days wine tasting in this city – that looks like part of Porto but technically it is not – is one of the biggest attractions there. But the place has so much to offer!
Porto is also one of the most picturesque cities I’ve ever been to. I bet it’s impossible to take a bad picture there. With all the colorful houses and hanging laundry, incredible azulejos (typical Portuguese blue tiles) just about everywhere and numerous viewpoints that take your breath away it’s hard not to love the place! And even if I’ve been there 3 times already I know I will return there again – that’s what Portugal does to you! Just look at these pictures of Porto, isn’t the city stunning?
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Disclaimer: During this trip I collaborated with Visit Porto who kindly offered me a Porto Card. With all the discounts I could discover the city better and enjoy it even more! Thank you!
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