Long weekend Porto (part two)

This is the second post about our trip to Porto. Too much to tell and show you for one post. For example the pavement you see everywhere. So much nicer then the concreet or boring tiles you see in northern Europe.

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Porto is a great getaway for a few days. The city is famous for its port wine. If you want to do a tour and wish not to walk so much I would recommend Sandeman. We visited Sandeman last but it was definitely the best tour. Good information and at the end a film that tells you the process of port making. And of course the tasting. At 10:30 in the morning (ahem). Better to book your tour in the afternoon. But we had a fun day đŸ˜‰

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For lunch we found a small restaurant in an alley with a terrace that overlooked the square on the riverside. Inside was a small cellar and the staff was very friendly and the food delicious. Here is my meal and desert.

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We walked all the way to the beach. Started in the old city and continued to the parc Palacio de Cristal. From there we visited the Serralves Foundation Museum of Contemporary Art and its park. In the park quirky sculptures are dotted around and you can spend a few hours strolling in the park. Picnic not allowed.

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Arriving at the seaside we had lunch at a restaurant near the beach, we visited a fort and took the metro back to the old city. What a lovely day.

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Fort

Sao Bento Railway Station.

Another surprise. One of the most beautiful train stations I have seen. The Railway Station was opened in 1916 and is well known for its walls covered with 20.000 ceramic tiles. Each wall is covered with a picture in tiles, telling a story of the history of Portugal.

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Majestic Cafe.

In the same street as our hotel (Rua Santa Catarina) was one of the most famous cafes of Porto. With its art nouveau decoration, uniformed waiters and its atmosphere its a great place for lunch or coffee with a Portuguese pastry.

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There is so much more to see and do in Porto. We will definitely go back soon.

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