Porto is the 2nd largest city in Portugal, yet it was a bit underrated until most recently. The city has been gearing up their tourism and gastronomy off late, that it leaves travelers with no choice to avoid this beautiful city.
We visited Porto during the cold wet winter months of December, but the weary weather did not take away the charm of the city or the colors smeared around it. We spent only a day here wandering through the narrow colorful streets, Duoro river, observed everyday life and it was nothing short of awesome experience we had, that we made up our mind to visit here again and spend more time.
Although it’s been a while back, but when I think about the city, their infamous wine does not strike me first. It’s the winding alleys, Dom Luis bridge (and many other bridges), colorful buildings, Ribeira district, myriad restaurants, Porto bridge, Douro river and their simple lifestyle is what flashes in the front. The old town & its waterfront is a UNESCO Heritage Site.
Here’s a humble attempt to bring those memories in form of photographs, especially the city’s lively architecture. Take a look through these colorful postcards from Porto, and you will know why you should add this to your itinerary while travelling in Portugal.
Many tourists tend to visit Lisbon over Porto, which makes this pretty town less touristy. The city has good tram network, not expensive and can be a perfect city to explore over the weekend. Porto is a picture perfect city, and one that every photographer wants to capture. The bright red colored roof rules the city, with Azulejos smeared over the walls of baroque churches, city halls, and houses (almost everywhere!). There’s graffiti and narrow alleys that you want to walk and get lost.
–> Take the funicular dos Guindais to get a grand view of Porto city
–>Explore Douro River Valley through a cruise
–>Walk around the colorful Ribeira District
–>Enjoy Porto’s gastronomy & port wine
–> Make time to visit Lello Bookstore, one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world.
Have you been to Porto and tasted their Port Wine?