Coloured tiles and Port wine: history and lifestyle in Portugals genießer capital Porto

Tiled churches, wines and the Douro river are the first things to encounter in Porto. Narrow streets and steep alleys will fascinate you at every spot you walk. The Douro river and the Ponte Dom Luis I. The opposite town to porto is Calem, the place which almost exclusively consists of old wine cellars, places where the Port wine was produced, with Sandemann, Calem and Offley wineries.

Cafe Majestic Porto
Majestic Porto is a mus see and must visit place in Porto.

Porto has a unique selection of cafes, restaurants and bars. If you start diving into this scenery you are sure not come up again very soon. There are many expert restaurants to food an wine, offering the notorious Bacalhau, the Francesinha and the Caldeirada or Cataplana de peixe, the fish-pot that I can highly recommend.

Restaurante "O Escondidinho"
Restaurante “O Escondidinho”, the right place for a Cataplana de Peixe

 

At night Porto has a second life

Porto at daytime and Porto at night seem to be different towns. Fantastic illuminations and a vivid nightlife change the character of the town entirely. So seeing Porto only by day is knowing just one half of the town.

Ponte Dom Luis I, Porto
The Ponte Dom Luis I is the unrivalled highlight of Porto at night.

 

Ponte Dom Luis I and the illuminated Mosteiro Serra do Pilar
Ponte Dom Luis I and the illuminated Mosteiro Serra do Pilar in the background
Ponte Dom Luis I and the illuminated Mosteiro Serra do Pilar
Ponte Dom Luis I and the illuminated Mosteiro Serra do Pilar ont the left

Scenic views in an excursion to the Douro Valley and Pinhão

If you find time,  an excursion into the Douro valley is absolutely worth the way. You can do that by ship, by train or by car. If you do not have much time and if you want to see as much as you can, do take the train. A cruise from Porto takes hours and you see the wine yards only in the end. You usually also return by train in this case. If you can, choose a day that is sunny. The Douro valley will be double as beautiful.

Pinhão is a beautiful town (most beautiful rail station in Portugal) and the best starting point to many places. If you want to see more of the Duro valley you can take a boat cruise upstream. There are also many GPS-tracked hiking tours from Pinhão (German version).

Douro valley
Doruo valley near Pinhão
Pinhão railway station
Pinhão: Most beautiful railway station of Portugal.
Pinhão station: decorated with many azulejos.
Pinhão station: decorated with many azulejos.
Pinhão station: a good destination to reach the Douro valley.
Pinhão station: a good starting point into the Douro valley.
Pinhão station: the azulojos are unique.
Pinhão station: the azulojos are unique.
Boat cruise from the Pinhão station.
Boat cruise from the Pinhão station.

 

A walk from the Pinhão station.
A walk from the Pinhão station.
A walk from the Pinhão station.
A walk from the Pinhão station into the Douro valley.
Scenic views through the Douro valley.
Scenic views through the Douro valley.

Rooftops of Porto

If you stand at some higher point you get a scenic view over the roofs of Porto. Mosteiro Serra do Pilar, Torre dos Clérigos or Ponte Dom Luís would be good places to see Porto from above.

Vew from Ponte Dom Luís
View from Ponte Dom Luís
Vew from Ponte Dom Luís
View from Ponte Dom Luís
Vew from Calem
View from Calem
Vew from Torre dos Clérigos
View from Torre dos Clérigos
Vew from Torre dos Clérigos
View from Torre dos Clérigos

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