Day 278: Porto

So I’ve just returned from my first ever sibling holiday to Porto and I am in love. I read somewhere that Porto wasn’t a city but a feeling, and boy oh boy do I feel it. I absolutely love Porto.

The city was stunning and sunny. Everywhere was walkable and the people were so lovely. There were no stares and strange looks that usually came along with being black in Europe. And the language was so beautiful that I have now decided to learn Portuguese. Porto is officially my second favourite city in Europe (with Brussels being number 1). Honestly I can’t wait to go back again.

My favourite part of the whole holiday was the food. As a sea food lover, I was so excited by the array of seafood served in Porto. For my first meal in Porto we found ourselves in a food court which had a sea food stand. They had a meal deal that included three different fishes, vegetable fried rice and a glass of champagne (really good champagne), all for €6. Food was cheap and so were the drinks! I have never spent so little to eat so much. And the wine and port were extraordinary! This is a city that I highly recommended.

As part of the wine tour we visited Gaia, which is a city just over the bridge from Porto. The tour guide explained that the only good thing to see in Gaia is the view of Porto from across the river.

I was able to take a port wine tour, where I learnt about making the four different types of port (ruby, rose, white, green). It was very informative, fun and there was plenty of wine to drink (and cheese and crackers). I would definitely recommend doing a wine tour if you ever find yourself in Porto.

We were able to go to the city hall where the iconic Porto sign is. We were able to take the typical tourist picture posing by the sign. It was all very civilised as everyone was queuing up patiently waiting for their turn to take pictures.

This was the view from the Brotherhood of Clerics Church tower. Although it was a very cloudy day, the view was still stunning. The church had over 200 steps leading to the tower, but thanks to two consecutive weeks at the gym, I didn’t feel the pain until the last ten steps.

This was Carmo e Carmelitas Church. The interior was just as breath-taking as the exterieur, it was gold and white and the best part was the free entry. I spent at least 10 minutes trying to take the perfect picture with the blue title background.

Throughout the city there were a number of churches and buildings with the blue titles on the exterieur, so if you are to visit the church, make sure it is the right one.

Not only where there blue titles, but a variety of colours, and designs. This was one of the things I loved the most about Porto as it reminded me of Sierra Leone.

We were also able to visite the “most beautiful McDonalds in Europe”. As someone who has not eaten a McDonalds in over six years, I honestly did not share any of the enthusiasm that the other tourists felt. However, I still went in and it was beautiful. It had stained glass windows and mirror panelling for walls.

Porto is amazing, beautiful, cheap, city with great views, great wine, and you are bound to have a great time.

Thank you for reading.

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