Updated: Oct 13, 2018
This post is part of the Highlights series, where you'll find my favorite photos and anecdotes from trips and excursions I've taken. For a more detailed explanation of where to go and what to do, check out one of my City Guides.
Porto was the first city we visited in Portugal, and the first thing we did (after eating some Pastel de Belem) was go for a walk to explore. Pictured below is the Ponte de Dom Luís I, which crosses the Douro River. There were musicians, restaurants, port tastings, and artisans, and the choice to walk across the bridge or take a gondola.
The street art in Portugal is wild, and I loved how it contrasts with the traditional azulejo tiles.
Needless to say, the food in Porto was excellent. Fluffy breads, crispy french fries, saucy potatoes, and alheira, a Portuguese sausage made from bread and chicken. Notice the beautiful orange egg yolk, too! We stumbled upon this restaurant with the most simple and serene outdoor patio. The food was incredible but for the life of me, I cannot remember the name of the restaurant.
We took some time to explore Porto's university, the museum and its gardens. The gardens were particularly stunning, with a guitarist serenading passersby and the heady scent of wisteria hanging in the air.
Per the recommendation of our top-notch Airbnb host, we took a quick sojourn to Matosinhos, a small fishing town just outside of Porto. There's a small restaurant inside the seafood market, and the chef personally accompanied us to the vendors to select the fish we wanted to eat. He then prepared it on the spot, quickly grilling it with lemon, oil, and lots of salt with salad and freshly baked bread on the side. After lunch, we went browsed through a bookstore with a coffee bar inside before heading back to Porto.