It is not my intention to write about the whole Portugal, the culture and customs of its citizens and the monuments. If you want to read about all of that, I recommend you read guides that offer more details about this beautiful country.
However, since Andalusia lies close to Portugal and I had some opportunities to drive alongside the coast from the Spanish border to Porto, I will try to tell you more about the most interesting places I visited there.
It was one of the most beautiful family trips in a VAN. We set out from Malaga, then drove to Tariff and continued alongside the coast… In total, the meter showed that we travelled about 2500 km in 17 days.
We travelled alongside the southern and western coasts of Portugal, as can be seen on the map below.
There are places in the world that made me feel the power chakra :) In those places, I feel especially good and their atmosphere improves my mood. If I could, I would stay there longer… Porto turned out to be one of such places… The city made a very positive impression on me. Ah! The sights… everything looks like on a postcard…
Our stay in Porto started on the RV parking lot near Cais do Cavaco 2 and close to Duero river and the city centre. Duero is one of the longest rivers of the Iberian Peninsula. It is famous for the vineyards situated on its coast – the oldest of them, especially from Alto Douro region, has been included to the World Heritage List. While walking alongside the coast, you can enjoy the view of the storied old town and a large congress centre building. We decided to eat in Mercado Centrual, which offers varied cuisine. It is a large building, so you will not miss it. The left side of the river (looking from the RV parking lot) lies within the range of a borough separated from Porto – Vila Nova de Gaia. There are many basements and wine stores. While walking the main promenade, you will see a long row of logotypes of port manufacturers. After you pass the many cafes, you will reach a railway station, thanks to which you can go to the upper deck of DOM LUIS I bridge (luckily, our dog wolf could come with us :)). We wanted badly to try port and learn more about this alcohol, but we were worried that with a large dog at our side, it would be difficult to achieve… Our worries were resolved by the members of Quinta dos Corvos, who let us degust – obrigada… :)
To get to the main part of Porto, you need to cross the picturesque and magnificent DOM LUIS I bridge, which is a symbol of Porto. It was built in 1886 by Teophil Seyrig, who was the co-worker of the famous Eiffel.
To get to the other side, we can use the lower part of the bridge that the cars use or go to the upper tier, from which the view is amazing.
After getting off the bridge, we walked near the beautiful nineteenth century building of the central station, Porto Sao Bento, famous for its beautiful azulejos ornamenting the interior.
Without the unnecessary description of the exact route we took, below is the list of the interesting places you should see in Porto:
Feel free to use the map below, which highlights the main attractions of the city:
Western coasts of PortugalRead more >>
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Algarve – the most beautiful beaches in PortugalRead more >>
The route – alongside the coast of AlentejoRead more >>