Travel #2: Porto (Part 1)
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!).
[caption id="attachment_219" align="aligncenter" width="567"] Porto in a cloudy day seen from D. Luís Bridge[/caption]
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;
- Amazing food;
- Original and the greatest Port Wine (everywhere);
- City's history;
- 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.
[caption id="attachment_227" align="aligncenter" width="325"] Vineyards in the Douro Valley - classified as a World Heritage by UNESCO[/caption]
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;
- Either with Rede Expressos (mainly national destinations) or with Eurolines, you can get to Porto by bus.
- 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
- House rental
- 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...