If you know me, you know how much I love Portugal!
After exploring Lisbon twice and Cascais, I couldn’t wait to go to Porto.
First impressions were incredible, I was on my way to meet Taylor and we met on the Dom Luis Bridge and were faced with the most incredible sunset I’ve ever seen. The whole sky was burning red and pink! After that we went off to a restaurant called Cais De Pedro near to our AirBnb for some tapas. The food is such a reasonable price, you can eat so much and still not be remotely shocked by the bill.
We also went to eat at one of the top rated restaurants we found on TripAdvisor Cervejaria Brasao Aliados. Where I tried my first Francesinha, a very typical Portuguese dish. I would say its not for everyone…. I wasn’t a massive fan as it is a white bread sandwich with ham and cheese with a sauce all over the top. But I’ve got to try everything! I didn’t even take a photo as its not very photogenic.. sorry! If you go here, make sure you try their Bacalhau, this is honestly my favourite Portugese food, which is cod in breadcrumbs, like a croquette. They were incredible here.
Another place I would recommend going to eat is Tasco. Quality over quantity in what to choose from the menu, which is always a good sign for me. The food here was so delicious, and nice big portions. We tried as much as we could, its a great place to share lots of dishes.
Then of course we had to try some Port. We went to Taylor’s, mainly because of Taylor! But there are so many places that make Port all over so you have to try some. However, this is one thing thats not cheap so be prepared, we had a VERY small glass.
And last but of course not least, eat some Pastel De Nata. I am a massive fan and don’t see how anyone would not enjoy these, so be sure to get some as soon as you can, they are delicious! My favourite place to get them is Fabric de Nata.
Our apartment was very modern, but Portugese houses have no central heating so be prepared if you go in Winter like us, we were freezing!! It was actually warmer outside than inside our house! But we had a great location, a bit away from the centre but a lovely walk along the river back to the main spots.
My favourite Instagrammable Spots in Porto:
Cross the bridge to the other side and get an amazing view over the city.
I flew my drone to get this shot, just make sure you look up the rules before you go, one of which is not to fly above 120m high.
Views from the bridge over the orange rooftops
Walk down the main road just by the bridge for these spots
And so many more little streets and pretty corners to take photos in!
Then if you are staying for a few days I would recommend also heading to Foz and spending some time at the beach! A 20minute bus ride away and it feels like a whole new holiday. Here you can walk down the two piers, one of which has this lovely little lighthouse and fishermen. Be careful though it was so windy and the waves were crazy.
I wouldn’t recommend getting into the sea without a wet suit on unless you’re brave! Even when I was in Portugal in summer and I jumped into the water I had the shock of my life! If you like an ice bath then go for it… otherwise go for a long weekend before summer and head here for a sea breeze and a coastal walk.