Following Lisbon, we headed to Porto, Portugal’s next largest city. Porto is built right on the Duoro river and has been inhabited since the 8th century! It is also the home of Port wine (a sweet wine generally served after a meal) and much of the city revolves around this industry.
We stayed in the middle of town, but spent most of our days walking the hilly streets along the river (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), discovering unique attractions (such as a photography exhibit in an old prison) and eating Beefanas (perfect beef sandwiches cooked rare, placed on a soft, chewy bun and garnished with mustard or onions… mmmmm). We walked across the impressive railway bridge and took in the sight of terra cotta rooftops, misty hills in the distance and the river below us. On the far side of the river we inspected the old sailboats (no longer used but still set up for show), who’s purpose was once to carry barrels of wine from vineyards in the Duro Valley to be stored at the port houses in Porto. We also took a quick little tour of Calem, one of the oldest port houses, which ended with a delicious port tasting.
While at Calem, we met a British couple who had moved to a tiny rural Portuguese town because of the much more affordable cost of living. They told us their property has a little farm and a mini vineyard. It sounded so sweet! Hmmmm, ideas for the future…? They also told us about a wine festival in the city that weekend, Essencia do Vinho (the largest of the year!), so of course we ended up checking it out and having a lovely time sampling local wines in a beautiful historic (and crowded!) building.
Along with the wine-related activities, we also encountered a lot of vibrant and unique street art in Porto. This art seemed to be around almost every corner and made our daily walks into visual adventures! In doing a bit of research I found that there are several prominent local street artists, (one named Hazul Luzah, who’s website is HERE), and we had some fun comparing the styles of the pictures that we came upon throughout the city.
Below are just a few pictures from our time in a Porto, particularly featuring a tiny bit of the beautiful street art. Enjoy!