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A walk around Porto

Published by Elisavet Kot — one year ago

0 Tags: Erasmus experiences Porto, Porto, Portugal


The city of Porto, is the second biggest and most famous city of Portugal after the capital Lisbon. It is located on the northwest coast of Portugal. You can easily get there by flight or by bus/train from Lisbon.

It is a very beautiful city and there are a lot of things to see, and even more to discover, so I suggest you stay for 3-4 days to walk around the whole city!

So, I suggest you visit the the places I've visited and liked the most:

1) Walk around the street of Santa Catarina, Rua Santa Catarina. It is the biggest pedestrianized street of Porto with a lot of small and big shops to look around while you are in the center of the city.

2) The Clerigos Tower: with the price of 3 euros, you can go up the tower and have an amazing view of the whole city and take some amazing pictures.

3)The bridge of D. Luís I: Ponte de D. Luís I is located on the Rio Douro, it connects the city of Porto with the small city of Vila Nova de Gaia, where all the wine cellars of the city are located. The bridge is one of the most famous spots to take a photo in Porto.

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A photo of Rio Douro and the bridge of D. Luís.

Photo taken from: staticflickr

4) Join a tour at the wine cellars and try the most famous wine of Portugal and one of the most famous wines worldwide, which is Porto wine. But be careful! If you don't want to get drunk, don't drink a lot, it is strong! You can also buy a bottle of wine from the cellars, and you can even find one with 10 euros (a very good idea for a present).

5) Visit the bookstore Lello livraria, which will be your favourite place if you are a Harry Potter fan. It is said that the author of Harry Potter, J. K. Rowling visited Porto and liked it so much that the stories in her book are inspired by the city. The only disadvantage is that you are not allowed to take photos of the inside of the bookstore.

While you will be walking around the streets, you will see also a lot of students dressed like the students of Hogwarts were dressed in the movies. Don't be scared, they are not dangerous, it is just their traditional uniform for the university (which also gave the inspiration for the creation of Harry Potter).

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A view of the bookstore Lello.

Photo taken from: blogspot

6) If you are a fan of cathedrals and churches, visit Igreja de São Fransisco (church of Saint Francis) and the Cathedral of Sé (which looks exactly the same as the Cathedral of Sé in Lisbon).

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The Cathedral of Sé.

Photo taken from: phototravel360

7) Take a look of the Rail Station of São Bento, it is very beautiful both inside and outside.

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Inside the railway station.

8) Book a tour at the Palacio da Bolsa (Stock Exchange Palace), and see for yourself!

9) Walk along the river and enjoy the sunset at Ribeira Square (Zona Ribeirinha). It will be probably crowded with people walking around, but you will enjoy the view.

10) The nightlife of Porto is quite good because there are a lot of students there, so I suggest you find the two parallel streets with lots of bars: Rua Galeria de Paris and Rua Candido dos Reis and decide where you want to hang out for a beer of a caipirinha, or maybe a glass of traditional Porto wine.

11) Finally, before you leave don't miss trying the traditional sandwich called Francesinha. It is a huge sandwich which contains 3 different species of meat: ham, roasted meat or steak and sausage. It is covered with lots of slices of yellow cheese, a fried egg and a sauce from beer and tomato and served with french fries. If you are not very hungry, you will probably need company to eat the whole thing!

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Francesinha

Photo taken from: penne4yourthoughts

Have fun and enjoy your stay in Porto!

PS: Don't forget to just walk around the city and find more hidden places by yourself!


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