Porto, Portugal

It’s been a few months, but k&mk are back…plus one. During the break, we added a family member, who we’ll call “little h” (in case you missed the new header).

Our first trip with the little guy was to Portugal. We started out in Porto, in the north, and traveled to Lagos, in the south, with the hope of finding some sun (a necessity during the wet UK winter).

Porto

Porto

The hilly city of Porto (also known as Oporto), located at the mouth of the Douro River, is one of Portugal’s oldest cities.  With its picturesque riverfront district, medieval alleyways, colorful buildings, and fascinating tile-work it is a lovely city to explore. Being the home of port wine also adds to its lists of attributes.  Here are some of the highlights from our trip…

Torres dos Clérigos

Tower of Clerics

The Tower of Clerics (Torre dos Clérigos) is the bell tower of Clérigos Church. Completed in 1763, this tower is an iconic landmark of Porto boasting the best panorama of the city (if you can climb the 230+ steps to the top).

Liberdade Square

Liberdade Square

Liberdade Square (Praça da Liberdade) is a popular square in Porto.  A statue of King Pedro IV stands in the center with the Avenue of the Allies (Avenida dos Aliados), a major, modern boulevard, to the north. Town Hall, with its tall bell tower, stands at the top of the avenue.

São Bento Station

São Bento Train Station

São Bento Station, the city’s main train station, is known for its impressive tiled panels in its main hall, called azulejos. Some 20,000 tiles representing scenes of Portugal’s history cover the walls.

Azulejos

Azulejos (painted, glazed, ceramic tiles)

Porto Cathedral

Porto Cathedral

Completed in the 13th Century, the fortress-like Porto Cathedral (Sé Catedral do Porto) is one of the city’s oldest structures.

Church of St. Francis

Church of St. Francis

The Church of Saint Francis (Igreja de São Francisco), widely known for its opulent Baroque interior, is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Ribeira District

Ribeira District

With its colorful buildings,  scenic riverfront location, cafés and restaurants, the Ribeira is a popular district in Porto.

Gaia

Gaia

Located across the Douro River from Porto is Gaia (Vila Nova de Gaia), home to the world-famous Port wine houses.  Port wine tasting was a highlight of our visit.  A must-do when in Porto!

Barcos Rabelos

Rabelo Boats

Rabelo boats (Barcos Rabelos) once transported port wine from the Alto Douro Wine Region to Gaia to be aged and stored.  These replicas make for the perfect photo op.

We had a wonderful time visiting this charming, riverside city.
Obrigado Porto!

Notable Eats
O Caracas Restaurant
Rua das Taipas, 27

Off to Lagos

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3 responses to “Porto, Portugal

  1. Hi Margo,
    The pictures are great! No wonder you all (You, Kevin, Barb and Harrison) all want to go back to Portugal. It looks like an interesting place with outstanding scenery. Love, Mom

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  2. Wonderful descriptions. Very interesting architecture! Glad you’re back at the blog. Need our little “H” in the pics! M&D

  3. Pingback: Lagos, Portugal | k&mk

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