The slowly approaching summer makes you want the sun? You enjoy the first rays of sunshine, but would like to have a few degrees more, would like to drink a glass of wine and maybe even look at the sea?
So did two of our Kaptens! The good? At the beginning of the year you can always find many cheap flights to great European cities. After some research they finally decided for a short trip to the beautiful Porto in the north of Portugal, put in their sunglasses and off they went.
Of course we don't want to withhold our tips from you and have summarized them in a small Porto Travel Guide.
Duration: 3 nights
Cost per person: 60€ return flight + 90€ Airbnb (total) + catering on site
The nice thing about Porto is that it's so manageable. Compared to Lisbon, Porto is a rather small city with a population of almost 250,000. Thus, it is once again clearly smaller than the beautiful city of our birth: Munster.
We lived in the middle of the old town from where everything can be easily reached.
Therefore one can do almost everything on foot. Disadvantage? Porto is (contrary to Münster) quite mountainous. You should put on comfortable shoes and be prepared for walks that rather resemble a small hike.
However, it is worth it. Because again and again you have a wonderful view over the city from the smallest lane. In addition, you are on holiday and can take as long as you like for each way.
Fábrica Coffee Roaster
There are some typical brunch bars in Porto that you can find in every trendy city. One of them is for example the Zenith, which was also super tasty. Of course, you find this so often on Instagram and Pinterest that you have to sign up for a waiting list and can carry the delicious food past you for 20 minutes. If you have a place, you still feel a little on the run, as it is quite hectic around you.
By chance we found the recently opened Café Fábrica. The atmosphere is super pleasant, the staff incredibly friendly and at 5€ for an avocado bread and a yogurt with granola they finally had me. Did I mention the self roasted coffee and the delicious banana bread?
PLACES OF INTEREST
Porto is a very old city and has many baroque influences. Especially famous is the Italian architect Nicolau Nasoni, who contributed a large part to the architecture of the port city. You pass most of his buildings anyway. On day 1 we decided to visit the "Torre des Clérigos". Today, the tower that was built in the 18th century is not only a landmark of the city, but also offers the optimal chance to get an idea of the city, as one can enjoy a view up to the Atlantic Ocean at the nearly 76 metres.
If you want even more great views, you should definitely take a walk over the Ponte Dom Luis I. The bridge leads from the picturesque district Ribeira to the opposite city Vila Nova de Gaia, the centre of the port wine production.
Any Harry Potter fans among you? Then a visit to the 19th century Livraria Lello is an absolute must. Rumour has it that J.K. Rowling, who lived in Porto in the 90s, was inspired to write her world-famous novels here. And indeed, this bookstore has something very magical about it. One wy ticket to Hogwarts, please, thank you!
But also to all Muggles and not Harry Potter fans I warmly recommend this bookstore.
Portugal is particularly known for its azulejos. These are pictures made of painted ceramic tiles. Here these are mostly in blue and white and give the city a very special charm. They can be found on house walls, churches and the train station Sao Bento.
Tip: The tiles are quite suitable for instagram- 😉
My last "Sightseeing" tip may be my favorite. I am a great lover of the sea and find the sea air always has something calming. So it was clear to us right from the start that we wanted to spend a few hours on the coast. No matter what the weather. Because as old North Sea children we are used to rain & storm. On our coldest and greyest day we made our way to the Atlantic. The most beautiful thing about it? For 3€ you can take the historic tram along the coast.
Never before in my life have I made so many vertical meters on a city trip. That makes me really hungry. Thank God you can feast very well in Porto.
Here are my favorites
BAO’s Taiwanese Burger
In my opinion, one delicacy that is far too unknown in Germany is Bao Burger. Simply put, it is the Asian version of the American burger. Only that already the bread roll differs clearly. The Bao buns are steamed rolls and taste slightly sweet. They are also much smaller, so you can eat several mini burgers. So you have the possibility to try several variants at the same time. My recommendation: Order the sweet potato chips with Wasabi Mayo!!
The Wine Barrels
As the name may already indicate, the port wine (Vinho do Porto) has its home in the region around Porto. Accordingly, there are many possibilities in the city to drink the sweet wine and make tastings. Those who prefer to stay with their favourite wine should also get their money's worth at the Wine Barrels. In case of bad weather you sit inside between the wine shelves, in case of good weather outside with a view to the Duero. Either way a dreamlike atmosphere. And the food is certainly a highlight, too. Here you can let the day end perfectly.
Have we awakened your wanderlust and you have already opened your flight comparison page in another tap?
We are always happy to hear from you. Tell us what your favourite cities are for short trips.