Why Porto should be on your next European itinerary!
Portugal is one of the most beautiful countries in Europe yet we rarely hear much about it. I was lucky enough to be able to travel there earlier this month to find out more about this history-rich destination. One of my favorite cities during the trip was Porto, which is jaw-dropping city. Today, I share the 5 things you must do while in Porto.
1) Visit the Sandeman Port cellars. Founded by the Scotsman George Sandeman in 1790, Sandeman Port is to this day, one of the most renown brands of Port wine around. You can visit their cellars on one of the many multi-language tours they offer. Furthermore, you can also learn about Sandeman via their little museum, go for a tasting or just simply enjoy a drink and snack on their outdoor patio bar.
2) Take a tour of the Livraria Lello bookshop. If you’re a Harry Potter fan than you’ll definitely want to add this stop to your Porto itinerary. The Livraria Lello is the infamous bookshop that author JK Rowling frequented in the 1990s, when she taught English in Porto and that eventually inspired her series of novels. The architecture and design of this bookshop is unlike any other!
3) Eat at Taberna D’avo. This restaurant located in the basement of a traditional Porto house offers rustic meals in a classic Portuguese setting. They serve some of the best local products in homemade recipes made from scratch. Yet, a table of 4 can eat a 4-course meal with wine for $60 Euros total!
4) Take a walk on the Ponte de Dom Luís I. The Ponte Dom Luís I bears a lot of ressemblance to the Eiffel tower. The bridge’s top and lower deck allow for fantastic views of the Douro river as well as its two shores – downtown Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia. It’s a great sightseeing spot as well as great way to get to and from the central area of the city. Finally, there is also a tram line that crosses the top portion of the bridge for those not wanting to walk.
5) Cruise down the Douro River. Another great way to see some of Porto’s most beautiful architecture and sights is simply by hopping onto a “Rabela barcos”, one of their traditional boats, while enjoying some local Porto wine and learning about local traditions, history and so one. Most noteworthy is the fact that the cruises are available all day long and in several languages.