I am back today with the best part of the trip which is…. What to drink!
Regarding what to drink when in Porto there is an easy answer that is mandatory to follow, that is Port Wine. This type of wine began to be produced back on the 17th century and it is a fortified wine produced only in the Douro Valley. Despite being typically a red wine, you can also have white port wine which is also marvelous. It has a sweet taste and is excellent to try as a dessert drink.
Port Wine is produced from grapes collected from Douro Valley to which is added aguardente (other portuguese drink) to stop the fermentation process. The wine is stored in barrels inside wine cellars for as long as the producer wants to, but usually the older wine is better.
When in Porto I would definitely recommend you to visit some wine cellars (I will talk about it later) where you can learn more about the production and history of this wine and also try some Port Wine styles.
Although trying a single Port Wine is amazing, when I was in Porto I had to try something called “Porto Tónico” which is something like a gin only with tonic water but instead of gin they use Port Wine. It’s a refreshing and easy going drink where you can taste white Port Wine the best way.
I could tell you some bars you should go to but I won’t do so, instead I tell you to go to a place called Paris Gallery which is really close to Clérigos Tower and University of Porto. In here you will find some of Porto nightlife with excellent bares where you can start by trying a cocktail, taking a beer and end with a great wine bottle in front of you.
Obviously, besides trying Port Wine you should try some of the regular wines produced in the Douro Valley such as Quinta de La Rosa, Barca Velha and Porca de Murça. I guarantee you that you’re going to be amazed with the quality of Portuguese wines.
I usually go on a travel at least 2 times a year and usually it happens in September and in February. Last year, I decided to travel with my best friend to Porto for a 5 days getaway without boyfriend (for those who are pitting him, he went to Amsterdam with his friends, so his fine!).
Why Porto? It’s a beautiful city with so much nice people! It’s the kind of city where you can enjoy some historical monuments and buildings, but also where you can eat well and drink even better! Anyway, I’m going to give you five reasons that made me visit the city and you may like and agree with at least 3 of them:
I live in Portugal so it just takes 40 minutes by plane and 2 hours by train to get there;
Original and the greatest Port Wine (everywhere);
Cheap, like everything is cheap.
Here, you can also enjoy Douro River margins and visit some Port Wine Cellars or even the vineyards. You are just a leap away from some historical and beautiful places.
With that said, now let’s start planning your trip to Porto? Awesome!
How do you get there?
Porto has an airport which is Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport. The airport is located near the city and you can get there to the city center and the other way around using public transportation. (check more info here);
Porto is one of the biggest cities in the north of the country so it has Campanhã Train Station where you can get trains that establish international railway connections;
If you enjoy road trips, you can get to the city by car. If so just enjoy all the motorways that were built around Porto and the excellent road connections.
Where to stay?
Where to stay in Porto it’s easy to answer. Nowadays you have so many options that you just have to choose based on your budget. I will just share with you some options:
In Porto you have great hotels, some cheaper and some expensive but you can always count with a very professional service. You can either choose for a Bed & Breakfast, a Hostel or even a 5-stars hotel. On this matter I advise to search on TripAdvisor and this Telegraph article what are the best options for your pocket
Usually when I go on vacations I just go for a house rental. I always do some math and I find it cheaper to prepare home meals and have a full house to myself than just rent a hotel room and to pay for meals everyday on restaurants. I always use AirBnb website to search for the house that suits me best and the one I believe to have a fair price.
After this, I promise to return briefly to let you know where to go, where to eat and what to drink! Don’t miss the second part…
One of my passions is to travel. I was never able to travel much through out my life and the first time I stepped a foot into an airplane was only 3/4 years ago. I believe that traveling is an addiction and once you start it is really hard to stop.
For me it’s not only the vacation part that counts, it’s the knowledge I get and all the experiences that enrich my life and change me as a person. From now on I will do some regular posts on traveling places and also some traveling tips to help you on getting the perfect holidays.
Hope you enjoy all the recent changes on the blog (even the name, omg!) and I hope I can count on you in this new journey.