Porto, Portugal

I went to Porto (Oporto) for a weekend while studying abroad in Spain and immediately fell in love with the city. The mosaic tile covering the street and decorated tiles covering the buildings really swooned me. It helped that it was a gorgeous weekend weather-wise and there were hardly any tourists – it seemed to be a very overlooked city. I’d recommend anybody in Europe to give Porto a try. It’s very budget friendly, not crowded, and absolutely gorgeous.

TO DO:

Pop into the São Bento railway station to see the beautifully tiled walls.

Check out the Clérigos Church

Walk across the Dom Luís Bridge to Vila Nova de Gaia, the city across the river. Especially great to hike up to the top of the bridge (there isn’t a single identified route – just wind your way around the streets and alleys and you’ll get there) at twilight to see the beautiful view.

Take a wine tour. Porto is the home of port wine, so you have to try some authentic port! We toured Calem, a winery in Vila Nova de Gaia, and got to try two different types.

Walk up to the Porto Cathedral and turn around. Sitting on the top of a hill, the cathedral provides one of the best views of the city!

TO EAT

Must try francesinha, a Porto-specific sandwich filled with different meats, topped with a fried egg, then covered in cheese, and then the whole thing is covered in some beer sauce.

GO TO PORTO!

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