It’s hard to know what to write about Porto I’m sure many many words have written about: the wine, the amazing River Douro gorge that the city is built around, the buildings and the churches.
Agh the churches. I think I’ve had enough of them. Another catholic evangelistic warlord going off and subduing and plunderingzx happy and peaceful first nations people all in god’s name.
But I did visit some churches. But I think too many European cities I am suffering Church Fatique. (Unreported visits to Barceona and Madrid laid the grounds for church fatigue!)
Luckily to conteract the Church Fatique there was a Banksy exhibition.
But as a boy born and bred in Melbourne, Australia. A city famous for its trams. A tram ride along the Douro River to the beach was a must.
The mouth of the river is quaint with a smallish beach and the Atlantic Ocean is still cold!
The tram ride is a scenic tour in itself along the river…
I have an observation developed over time. If you want to have something to eat with the view don’t expect anything to exciting food wise. The best food is most often without a view. This rule played out in Porto. The resturaunts with tables along the river offered the same blend of ‘traditional’ Portugese cuisine. But on the riverside in the in amongst the wine caves there is the little municipal market building. Here there are stalls of fresh produce and traditional and modern Porttugese food. But no view!
The best resturaunts are up the steep hills away from the river. The food fresh and fantastic.
But book if you want to go to a great place like Maria Rita or you will be queueing with locals and tourists alike waiting for a table to become free. Inside there is not a rush and a great selection of wines from.the Douro region and local produce.
So what is the must do thing to do in Porto?
Get your photo taken with the city as a backdrop. Lol
Thanks to a a follower an update. I should mention the Railway Station and its murals. They are impressive.
Some beautiful scenes of rural and river life.
But even in the railway station you can’t escape the glorification of the conquering and enslavement of peace loving native people in god’s name!