A place that I have been yearning to visit for some time is Portugal. Flying over it early this year was cool to see as I pictured myself exploring this small yet enticing county. The northern city of Porto (Oporto) is a popular destination and from what I have learned of it, it has moved high on my list.
Porto is Portugal’s second largest city and is located on the Douro River in the north of the country. The city’s old centre has been a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996 and is one of the Europe’s oldest cities. And the popular fortified port wine produced in this region is named after the city.
Porto seems like a wonderful city to wander about. The riverside walk of the Cais de Ribeira can be a place to people watch or enjoy food and drink. You can check out the Baroque architecture of the Clérigos Tower and the 12th century Sé Cathedral and then onto modern building such as the Casa da Musica. See the blue tiles of the Capela das Almas Chapel that are a popular spot for photos. Take a look at the river Douro from the iconic iron Luís I Bridge, built in 1886. Take a ride down (or up) the Funicular dos Guindais. Or maybe you’d like to take to the beach? There are several within the city as well on the outskirts. And finally, lets not forget about the port wine this region is famous for. Cellar tours and wine bars are plentiful here. This is only a few of the things you can see and do in Porto. I think I need to make my way there ASAP.