Aug 22, 2019 @

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A Portugal postcard! We have run away to Porto Portugal and might never come back! This place is absolutely delightful.  For me, Porto is all that was promised about Lisbon, only more so. We like Porto more than Lisbon for sure.  It is smaller, but has more personality and did l mention the fact that it’s home to port wine?.

Portugal Postcard:

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Kind Pedro IV at Liberty Square, Porto post card.

I have already spied with my little eye plenty of port factories across the Douro River from the vantage point of the Ribeira neighbourhood that you see in this postcard. Isn’t it picturesque? We explored it a bit, but plan on doing a bit more in the next few days. Port wine tasting, eating loads of traditional Portuguese food and checking out the lovely sights are all on our Porto itinerary.

What l can definitely tell you is that if you get a chance to visit Porto, do not hesitate. Just do it! The people are so friendly and helpful, the sights are really impressive and the prices are fair, even in the “touristy” areas.

I might even go as far as to say that Porto is cheaper than the Algarve area of Lagos that we visited. In that way, it reminds me of Valencia. We are staying at an awesome AirBnB lodging that rocks and has a great terrace and is smack dab in the middle of a hip and happening neighborhood. This constitutes our budget Porto stay, after that, we are moving on to a small boutique hotel for the luxury part of our stay.

This Airbnb is a little noisy at night, thanks to its very central location, but what a fantastic find. The next couple of days will be filled with a lot of port wine tasting. I am salivating, I am a big fan of tawny port wine. I geeked out at seeing the Sandeman factory sign. Did l mention that we might never return? :-) Ate logo (means see you later).

So far, we are giving Porto a two thumbs up. We’ve hardly begun, but we are already plotting a comeback. I just hope we get to squeeze in a visit to the FC Porto club. They have so many championship cups that we would like to see.

For the full writeup on Porto, see our ultimate Porto Guide post.