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    6 Things To Do in Porto

    March 13, 2019

    Courtesy of Ryanair, I recently visited Portugal for the first time in my life. Barcelona – Porto is generally not a very expensive route, but for Black Friday they took it even further, so the return ticket cost me only 22€, including a 10 kg carry-on luggage. I’ve never traveled so cheap!

    I’d heard that Porto is nice, but honestly, this trip topped all my expectations. To begin with, I was really lucky with the weather. They say, it is one of the wettest cities of Europe, with 80% of rain days, especially in winter, but the three days that I stayed there it only rained one morning, and the rest of the time I was enjoying a warm sun and clear blue sky!

    6 Things to do in Porto

    Admire a variety of breath-taking panoramas around the river Douro

    The most centric bridge, connecting the two banks of river Douro is the Dom Luís double-deck metal arch bridge, designed by Théophile Seyrig, a student of Gustav Eiffel. Make sure you cross it both on the upper and bottom levels, for different, though equally spectacular views. And this photo of mine was taken from the Monastery of Serra do Pilar.

    Porto panorama on the bridge

    Discover the beautiful azulejo tiles

    Azulejo tiles, a handicraft introduced in Portugal by the Moors via Spain, are extensively used for both exterior and interior decoration. Don’t miss São Bento train station with its gorgeous hall depicting scenes from the Portuguese history in blue tiles. Can you find an imperfection in tile composition on the panel to the left from the entrance? If the guide I did a Free Walking Tour with didn’t make it up, it is there on purpose!

    Sao Bento train station azulejos Porto

    Explore the connection between Porto and the world of Harry Potter

    Did you know that J.K. Rowling was living in Porto and teaching English as a foreign language when she started to write the first book of the series – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone? Lello bookstore will remind you of the magical take on the Gothic style in the HP universe. A piece of advice: come in the afternoon, and there will hardly be any queue. The entrance fee is 5€, but they will count if you decide to get a book there. Funny story: I chose a Lonely Planet Moscow guide to give as a gift and then had a laugh with the cashier when he asked me where I was from ;D

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