Having studied languages at Uni, I count myself lucky to have friends who love to travel as much as I do. This comes in handy when you fancy a weekend away to somewhere that isn't on most people's bucket list.
When my friend Abi and I were looking for somewhere to go for a weekend away, Porto came up mostly because the flights with Easy Jet were cheap as chips and I'd read that it was an 'up-and-coming' city with good food and good shopping. (Sold!)
It didn't disappoint! Abi and I found a gorgeous Airbnb which was close to the centre of town. Though, in fact, Porto centre is relatively small (maybe the same size as Cardiff city centre or slightly bigger) so you can't go far wrong wherever you choose.
We had a fab weekend exploring the city. Highlights include: port tasting at the Sandeman Cellars, taking the tram to the beach at Foz do Douro (just West of the city) and tile spotting. Yes, I have a major thing for tiles. If you do too, Porto is a must-visit place! 'Azulejos' are an art form, in my opinion.
SO MANY TILES!!!
We also ate really well in Porto. Such as in 'Porta 4', the tiniest little place (there were four tables!) run by a lovely couple who were so friendly. The food was all home-made and delicious - the menu was comprised of maybe 10 or so tapas-style dishes which could be shared. And it was so reasonable!
Another foodie highlight was the Cremosi Gelateria. Now, Abi and I both studied Italian at uni and spent time in Italy on our years abroad. In other words, we consider ourselves gelato experts. The ice cream here was not bad at all! I had a scoop of white chocolate and saffron gelato! Yum.
In summary, it was a fab city break and you should book straight away!!
Here's Abi looking HOT (ft. more tiles)... And me trying to not look petrified on top of the Dom Luis bridge...
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