PORTUGAL Road Trip: Porto, I Think I Love You!
When folks ask me, "So, what was your fave city in Portugal? Porto or Lisbon?", the answer is easy. Porto wins, hands down. I lost track of the amount of times we said, "OMG, I LOVE this place!"
With Porto, it was love at first sight. The further we got as we made our way through the steep and narrow maze of streets in a deliberately random fashion down to the waterfront, the more I fell in love. Every corner is a feast for the eyes — like beautiful historic buildings with colourful facades covered in azulejos tiles.
As well as a ton of churches:
Igreja Paroquial de Santo Ildefonso right across from our hotel
The famous (tourist-trap) Majestic Café
Shots of Porto as we wander aimlessly towards the Douro River — Mercado Ferreira Borges (middle right)
Monument to Henry the Navigator in Jardim do Infante Dom Henrique
Paper lanterns hanging in a street in Porto
Beautiful architecture and churches everywhere — Torre dos Clerigos (upper right)
The typical narrow houses of Porto
There are so many churches! Here's a few: Clérigos Church, Igreja do Carmo, Church of São Francisco de Assis
Igreja Monumento de São Francisco
We've meandered our way down to Ribeira (literally riverside in Portuguese), and I think I'm falling even more for Porto. One of the oldest neighbourhoods in Porto, it's the historic centre as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and if you ask me, this is where you'll find Porto's soul.
Finally made it down to the Douro
Colourful houses along Cais da Estiva
Coming up to Praça da Ribeira
Praça da Ribeira
Since one is leaving, we hop on a river cruise
View of the Ribeira area from the river
Checking out all the bridges in Porto on this one-hour river cruise
View of Vila Nova de Gaia from the Douro River
Some great views during the cruise, some unexpected 😂
Off the cruise, just in time for golden hour over Porto
Also in time, to catch some dudes diving into the river beside the bridge
Good night Porto
Photos taken | written by JENNIFER MAHON
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