Porto, northern Portugal. Known for Port wine, also for giving Portugal it’s name, Porto is a small-ish city that is big on charm. It has a very distinct, very interesting character and it was a great introduction to Portugal for us. There is street art absolutely everywhere, perfectly complementing the brilliantly tiled houses and buildings that unfortunately are now crumbling down around the city. The city is a very hilly one, with trams zooming around taking people where they need to go. Even so, we found walking around the city not too difficult.
We did not one but two free walking tours here, which were amazing! We met some really cool people on these walking tours who we are still friends with now. We stayed in the Garden House Hostel, where we again met a bunch of really cool people. We were in an 8 bed dorm room but got along so well with everyone else in there!
One interesting thing about Porto is the dish that it is famous for, Francesinha. It’s a huge sandwich, made with steak, chorizo and mortadella, which is then fried before being covered in cheese and a fried egg, and then finally a spicy sauce. It was delicious. Jess didn’t have one, of course.
There’s actually quite a lot of Harry Potter history here – The Majestic Cafe is where some of the books were written, and the Libreria Lello is an obvious inspiration for some parts of the films.
All in all, we loved Porto and it was a really refreshing change – not at all what we expected.