We discovered Porto on a 2 day trip last April, before going to the Portuguese capital of Lisbon. It was a pleasant surprise, the city is not as touristy or as big as I thought, most people do not speak English at all and the menus are not translated which makes the experience much more interesting !
We arrived at the Porto airport in the morning and took the metro from there to downtown. It was a quick 30 minute drive for less than €2 ! We checked in at our Airbnb apartment which was located in one the main streets of Porto “Rua de Cedofeita”. The location was perfect as we were close to public transport and could walk to all the major sites whithout being in the center and it allowed us to discover a more authentic part of the city.
This street has several small traditional restaurants where you can have a delicious meal for less than 8 € ! After lunch we walk around the neighborhood and found the’ Jardins do Palácio de Cristal”, which offers stunning views of the river and on the other side of Porto.
We then headed to downtown and admired the stunning architecture along the way !
We tasted the yummy pasteis de bacalhau in Casa Portuguesa I highly recommend trying them with cheese, it is a bit pricey (€3 each) and even if for the same amount of money you might have 5 pasteis in any local restaurants, the one they offers are much more delicate and refined !
From there we walked down the Ribeiro douro through the narrow streets ..
We enjoyed waiking up in our lovely appartment and the view we had from our balcony. We then went on some more exploration !
We then realized that it was a national holiday and everything was closed on this Monday morning, so we decided to take our time to wander around the empty streets and found a breakfast place where we had 2 coffees and fresh pastries for less than 3 € !
Miradouro da Vitoria – One of the many observation point in Porto
We decided not to go in the livraria lello, as there were a way too long queue to get in !
I highly recommend this delicious place ! Sins – Rua Da Conceicao 59, Porto
Then it was time to head to the beautiful Sao Bento train station to catch a 3 hours train to Lisbon