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Travel Guide: One Day in Porto

Porto is a charming coastal city in Portugal famous for its Port wine production and exports. Due to a tight schedule, we could only arrange a one-day visit. With the help of a good friend, we were able to make the best out of our limited time. Our agenda was full, but not overwhelming since we left enough time in between to enjoy our walks and sight-seeing.

Allow us to share our day with you… go ahead and read on!

 

1. Majestic Café

Internationally recognized and known as one of the 2017 European Best Destinations of Porto, the Majestic Café is a great place to start your day. Sitting inside takes you back to the 1920’s with its Old World decor and furnishings . We tried the Majestic French Toast for just 4.5€ (Rabanadas in Portuguese), which is a Portuguese styled french toast topped with honey syrup, cinnamon, nuts and dried fruits. Our rabanadas paired nicely with a cup of morning coffee.

Visit its website here.

Side Note: If you’re a Harry Potter fan, J.K. Rowling spent a good amount of time in this very place writing her first book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

 

2. The Livraria Lello Bookshop

The Livraria Lello is a must-see when in Porto. Known as one of the most captivating bookshops in the world, it cost only 4€ to pay a visit. The entry price could be used as a credit towards your book purchase. It is famous for its enchanting spiral staircase and its neo-Gothic design. We fell in love instantly as we stepped inside- and yes, Potter fans, J.K. Rowling spent a lot of time here as well.

Visit its website here.

 

 

3. Clérigos Church – Torre dos Clérigos

This tall bell tower located on top of the Clérigos Church gives visitors a 360 view of the city. Prepare yourself to climb the stairs and note that as you can higher the walkways get more narrow. The view is worth the hike and the entrance fee of 7€.

Visit its website here.

 

 

4. Douro River and the Luis I Bridge

Along the Douro River, find numerous shops, restaurants, and entertainment. Boat rides and street performers fill the area. One interesting act that young performers do for fast cash is that they jump into the water from the middle of the bridge. These Daredevils get a lot of attention from foreign visitors!

Side Note: This is a great place to catch the sunset.

 

 

5. Sandeman Porto

You cannot say you’ve visited Porto without tasting Port wine. The Sandeman Cellars is located conveniently by the Douro River. 10€ is enough to get you a Classic Tour, which includes a walk-through of the cellars, a informative session of Port Wine and its making, as well as a tasting of a two Sandeman Port; we were given a white Porto, and a Tawny.

Don’t forget to check out the gift shop at the end of the tour! We were able to pick up some great souvenirs here that we couldn’t find at the Airport Duty Free shops. When you leave Sandeman Cellars, you’re reminded how mesmerizing the Douro River is.

Visit its website here.

 

 

6. Dinner by the River – Douro Velho

There are so many dining options by the river, and we settled with Duoro Velho. We ordered a Francesinha, which is a Portuguese sandwich typically made with cured-ham, sausage, roast meats, etc., then topped with a melted cheese sauce. This dish is super heavy, but it’s originated from Porto so give it a try for a cultural experience. We also ordered the Grilled Octopus entree. As you can see in the picture, a huge tentacle is served! We love the presentation because typically in the U.S., octopus is served sliced. We finished our meal with a Port wine to a beautiful view.

Visit its Facebook page here.

 

 

 

We were able to walk from destination to destination. This allowed us to truly explore the beauty of Porto along the way. What we realized is that one day in Porto is simply not enough. This is one of the most beautiful cities we’ve ever visited and we vow to go back.

Here are some of our favorite captures throughout the day:

 

Have you been to Porto before? Share your thoughts and experience with us in the comments field!

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