Since moving back to Porto (my hometown) a couple of year ago I couldn’t help but notice how much it had changed. The city looks refreshed, full of atmosphere and buzzing with tourists most of the year. It is indeed a great city to live in and the perfect city break/holiday destination (you definitely need to include it in your travel bucket list if you haven’t already).
Porto is now our home and as such as much as we love it, it’s easy to take it for granted. We go on about our daily life and routines and end up forgetting how amazing it is and how much it has to offer.
Rushing around to get from A to B is definitely not the best way to notice and soak in your surrounding but now my children are both at school I finally have the time to do it. Taking my time walking around it’s great and has really helped me rediscover my beloved Porto.
In this new series of posts I am hoping to take you on a tour of some of my favourite places in Porto. At this point I should add a little disclaimer. These posts will not be travel guides nor will they show you all of the tourist attraction. Instead I will try to show you Porto through my lense little by little. I will also, whenever i feel appropriate, share some of the memories I have of those places. Don’t worry I will try very hard not to bore you to death with my trips down memory lane!
Are you ready? Just sit back, get a cup or glass of something delicious and let me take you around…
Porto’s Downtown – Part I
Ribeira is a beautiful place to visit during the day. It’s bursting with atmosphere and lots of bars, cafes and restaurants serving traditional Portuguese food and fish. When the sun goes down it’s even better. When I was younger I spent many nights here having a fabulous time eating and drinking with my friends until the wee hours of the morning. You can expect bars and clubs to be open until around 4am and some even all night! If only I still had the stamina…
Tiles, tiles and more tiles everywhere. I just adore it. It confers the buildings such exquisite beauty!
And there you have it! What do you think? Definitely a must visit right? Don’t forget to check back soon for the next instalment of ‘Rediscovering Porto’s many charms’.