There’s one place on this earth I have visited so many times that I don’t even remember how many times I have really been there: Porto. It’s the second most populated city in Portugal and the city my father is from. For those of you who are planning a trip to Portugal or just want to get inspired this is for you! I have thought of my favorite things of Portugal and the places I love the most. Some of those things that are listed are things that you can eat/do/get (haha) all over Portugal. So you don’t neccesarily have to be in the Porto Area 😉 If you want to see more pictures of Porto stay tuned for my upcoming photodiaries 🙂
One of the most known sights in Porto is “Ribeira”. It’s a really nice area next to the river Douro – it’s filled with nice restaurants and you can find there many cute, little markets and bands playing music. Even if you don’t plan to get some food there you should visit it and stroll down and enjoy the beautiful view.
Vila Nova De Gaia is on the other side of the river Douro. I highly recommend visiting this place when the sun goes down. It’s so pretty to see the sunset from here 🙂 You can easily get there by crossing the Eiffel Bridge in Porto.
One of my favorite beaches close to Porto is Matosinhos Beach. You can also find there the really famous sculpture of the fisher net (if you’ve done some research you know what I mean ;)).
If you’re in Portugal by car I highly recommend going to Mindelo. I love this beach and the calm little town 🙂 – so, so nice!
So let’s be real… If you’re in Portugal (and if you’re not a vegetarian like me) you should try the seafood. Another thing which is very popular is the beverage called “Tango”. It’s a mix of beer and a currant juice. It’s really nice accroding to my parents 😛 (I don’t really like beer haha!). One beverage that I love is Sumol. It’s a softdrink in Portugal and my favorite flavour is pineapple :). My favorite pasteries are “Pastel de Nata”. You can get them literally at every bakery or even at some supermarkets 🙂
Santini Ice Cream | Largo dos Lóios 16, 4050-338 Porto, Portugal
Nutellandia | R. de Mouzinho da Silveira 230, Porto, Portugal
O Filipe | Av. Eng. Duarte Pacheco 26, 4450-718 Matosinhos, Portugal
Restaurante Ruben’s Dunas | Av. Marginal 378, Vila Chã, Portugal
Market in Espinho | every monday, city center
S. Martino by Michele Mezzero | Avenida Diogo Leite, nº 96, 4400-111 Vila Nova de Gaia
Once your in Portugal you can not miss out on going to a market or celebrating the lower prices at Zara (me every second year haha). So yeah, you’ve heard right the prices in Zara are a little bit cheaper compared to the ones in Germany 😉
Norte Shopping | R. Sara Afonso, 4460-841 Sra. da Hora, Portugal
Vila do Conde The Style Outlets | Cova, 400, R. da Fonte, 4485-592 Modivas, Vila do Conde, Portugal
Rua de Santa Catarina | Porto, Portugal
Centro Comercial Parque Nascente | Praceta Parque Nascente 35, 4435-182 Rio Tinto, Portugal
Espinho Market | every monday, city center
Arrabida Shopping | Praceta de Henrique Moreira 244, 4400-346 Afurada, Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal
Yet… there are some things I have to mention. While you’re in the Porto area and out and about with a car – you should totally listen to the “Cidade” Radio Station. They really play the best R’n’B, Hip Hop and Pop-Music! And even if you’re not in Portugal: stream their music online – soooo cool plus it kinda feels like you’re on holiday! 😛
Last but definitely not least: the famous tiles in Portugal. I got to admit that I honestly never really paid that much attention to them – simply because I was always used to this look after travelling there since I was very little. But still, it’s so cool to have a look at the different tiles and colours etc.