I traveled to the north of Portugal for three days with my mother and my sister. It’s the second time I visit it, but there is always something new to see. I love traveling with them.
We stayed only one night, at Cathedral Guesthouse. I recommend it, well located, comfortable and the service was excellent. Braga is a lovely city, one of the oldest in the country. It’s nice to stroll through its streets. When weather is nice, I recommend visiting the Bom Jesus do Monte, a sanctuary restored recently. I visited it the last time I stayed in the city, and I really love it.
The first morning, we took a train to Porto. The train costs 3€ and the journey takes one hour. We arrived at São Bento Railway Station, which is known for its tile panels that depict scenes of the History of Portugal. Located in the center of the city, it’s a beautiful building.
We stayed two nights at 12 Short Term Apartments, near the station. Renovated, spacious, clean and well located apartments. The apartment had kitchen so we had breakfast and dinner there to seize the days, walking and visiting places.
Porto is a charming city, I really like it. It’s one of the oldest european centres. The most characteristic feature is its architecture, colorful buildings in narrow streets, stone churches with tiles that tell stories, high bridges spanning the Douro River. Its historical core was proclaimed a World Heritage Site.
There are many restaurants in the riverside. We chose Café do Cais, with views of the River Douro and Dom Luís I Bridge. When all the glass doors are opened, the café is transformed into a large, covered open-air terrace. We enjoyed the place, service and food, everything was great.
Then, we crossed the bridge on foot and walked along the riverbank full of wineries. From this side of the river, the wonderful colors of the city can be better appreciated.
Douro River. Dom Luís I Bridge
Some scenes of Harry Potter movie were filmed here.
Foz. Beaches area
We spend our last day visiting this area. We had lunch at A Marisqueira de Matosinhos, delicious. Then we walked along the promenade, full of bars and viewpoints, to the headlights.