Portugal has been one of my bucket list destinations for a while. When I started researching for cool places to visit, Porto immediately caught my attention. From photos you can tell it is a nice place, but once you are there, you can not expect it to be so beautiful and full of life. As my time in Portugal was short, I made a list of the most popular things to do, and this is how to spend a day in Porto:
Explore the streets of Ribeira
The second you arrive in the city you can see how joyful it is with the colorful tile facades and music. Anywhere you turn to, there is something happening, and this beautiful neighborhood is definitely a place you will love getting lost in.
Also, be prepared to hike up and down a few hills during your visit in Porto.
Lunch at the centre of the city
Portuguese cuisine is very well known, which is why eating is literally a national pastime.
Porto has a large variety of excellent restaurants of international cuisine. But, Portuguese specialities are what you should look for when choosing a restaurant in the city. Also, the historic centre has plenty historical sites to discover.
Visit the famous Lello Bookshop
Livraria Lello is one of the world’s oldest bookstores, frequently ranked as one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world. A top place to visit in Portugal.
In addition, this beautiful bookshop inspired Harry Potter’s Library in Hogwarts. In fact, J.K. Rowling lived and taught English in Porto from 1991 to 1993 and it has also been said that Rowling was a loyal customer of the library.
Remember those impressive stairs?
Sunset by the Dom Luis I bridge
Also, you can NOT miss watching the sunset by the Dom Luis I bridge. Completed in 1886 by a student of Gustave Eiffel, its top deck is now reserved for pedestrians, as well for one of the city’s metro lines.
The views are stunning, personally, the best I’ve seen in my life.
Have a coffee, or two, or… three!
In Portugal people love their coffee, and sweets! It is a daily ritual to take a short brake with a cup of coffee and a sweet pastry. If you go to Porto, make sure to try these:
- The famous éclairs
- Pastel de Nata / Custard Tart
- Pastel de Feijão / Bean Tart
- Pastel de Côco / Coconut Tart
This is how to spend a day in Porto! Although this is a city that is worth staying for more days too.
When do you plan to go to Porto?