A Weekend Break in Porto, Portugal

I recently spent a lovely weekend in Porto, a city in the northern part of Portugal. This time I travelled alone but the feeling of being alone was far from that as I met up with some friendly locals! :)

Weekend Break in Porto

My Weekend Break in Porto - Things I've Done

After landing in Porto, I received a message from a dear friend Juliana who I met during my student exchange programme in Liverpool (2006). She had the brilliant idea to meet up in the suburbs of Porto. Juliana brought me to her parents' house where all her family and relatives gathered and cooked a delicious Bacalao (fish meal) for about 15 people. 

Weekend Break in Porto - Dinner with Juliana's Family
Weekend Break in Porto - My Dear Friend Juliana
Weekend Break in Porto - Dinner with Juliana's Family
Weekend Break in Porto - Dinner with Juliana's Family

Thanks once again to Juliana and all her family for the warm welcome and the super dooper dinner we shared all together! It really made my day!

What Else I Did in Porto

Apart from my short trip to Coimbra (another blog post will follow), I had some time alone to explore the city so I just walked down the streets with no real plan.. :) Some of the sights I stumbled upon were:

The Dom Luis Bridge

I was fascinated by this giant creature - the Dom Luis bridge. It seemed that the center of all happenings is here. Make sure to walk the bridge to get some great views over the city!

Weekend Break in Porto - The Dom Luis Bridge
Weekend Break in Porto - The Dom Luis Bridge
Weekend Break in Porto - The Dom Luis Bridge
Weekend Break in Porto - The Dom Luis Bridge
Weekend Break in Porto - The Dom Luis Bridge
Weekend Break in Porto - The Dom Luis Bridge

The Porto Houses

The Porto houses are really eye-catching! I loved to take millions of photos of them.

Weekend Break in Porto - The Porto Houses
Weekend Break in Porto - The Porto Houses
Weekend Break in Porto - The Porto Houses
Weekend Break in Porto - The Porto Houses
Weekend Break in Porto - The Porto Houses
Weekend Break in Porto - The Porto Houses

The Porto Tram

There are a few Porto trams in the city! So cute. The next time I'm gonna take a ride with them!

Weekend Break in Porto - The Porto Tram
Weekend Break in Porto - The Porto Tram

The View over Porto

I was impressed by the viewpoint called Serro de Pilar Monastery in Gaia. It's absolutely a place you should visit during the weekend break in Porto! The views are breathtaking. I guess the photos taken here will be one of your best ones from the whole trip ;)

Weekend Break in Porto - The View over Porto
Weekend Break in Porto - The View over Porto
Weekend Break in Porto - The View over Porto
Weekend Break in Porto - The View over Porto
Weekend Break in Porto - The View over Porto
Weekend Break in Porto - The View over Porto
Weekend Break in Porto - The View over Porto
Weekend Break in Porto - The View over Porto

The Beach of Porto

The beach of Porto was a quick stop for me as I was in a hurry to catch my plane back to Zurich. Juliana was so kind to drive me to the beach to take some nice photos of it (even caught the sunset moment) and then it was time to leave for the airport. 

Weekend Break in Porto - The Beach
Weekend Break in Porto - The Beach
Weekend Break in Porto - The Beach
Weekend Break in Porto - The Beach

A Nice Place to Stay in Porto, Portugal

Actually one of the highlights in Porto was my accommodation! I stayed in the hotel called Dom Henrique which has a rooftop terrace with 360 views over the city! Spectacular. If you are not a guest of the hotel, don't worry, you can still enjoy the views by visiting the cafeteria or restaurant. I ate twice at this restaurant and the food was very delicious!

Weekend Break in Porto - View from the Terrace
Weekend Break in Porto - View from the Terrace
Weekend Break in Porto - View out of the Hotel Room
Weekend Break in Porto - View out of the Hotel Room
Weekend Break in Porto - Risotto
Weekend Break in Porto - Risotto

Although I had only a couple hours of sun rays, I really enjoyed my weekend break in Porto. Maybe I'll return soon in order to explore the apparently very fascinating Douro valley.


Have was your weekend in Porto? Let us know in the comments below!

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