Traveling around Portugal actually seems quite easy 🙂 I don’t speak portuguese but I managed to book train tickets to go from Lisbon to Porto in about 3 clicks and to get a special promo price! So on Saturday 16th we took our last breakfast in Alfama before heading to Santa Apolonia train station, 5 minutes away from our apartment.
We easily found our platform and were surprised by the nice train awaiting us 🙂 The ride was smooth and filled of lovely landscapes. We arrived around noon in Porto and found, quite easily again (Surprising!!), our apartment. We dropped our luggages and ran out to explore this beautiful city.
Being located on Rua do Cedofeita was a good start because it is actually very close to many monuments and attractions starting with the Igreja do Carmo, the University of Porto or the Lello Library known for its inner architecture and wide staircase. In front of the library, you will find a small green space with a lovely little bar and couches, on a sunny day you can simply enjoy a nice drink and listen to good music…Chill!
Keep walking down the street and you will meet the Clerigos Tower which offers one of the best views of this side of the Rio Douro. Entrance costs 3€ and you can visit the church, tower, expo and a lot more. As in all towers, staircases are narrow and crowded so is to top floor.
When you come out of the Clerigos Tower, keep walking down the street, catch a glimpse of the old tramway and finally reach the Liberdade Square and its many terraces. There we found a barber and tattoo shop worth paying a visit! Next to this Square is the Sao Bento Station (you must enter it!!) and many beautiful churches.
That day we explored the neighbour, found the shopping streets and then walked to the bridge “Ponte Luiz I”. Funny part is that we didn’t want to cross yet so we walked back up everything we walked down and went to the Torre Medieval do Porto, the Cathedral of Porto, the Igreja de Santa Clara and finally the Muralha Fernandina. After this, we were a bit exhausted so we went headed back to the apartment to freshen up and find a place to chill a bit. We ended up at Rua, a very modern tapas restaurant with live music every night. They actually also rent the apartment upstairs, it is quite beautifully renovated but unless you like to party and go to bed around 4AM… It was a no go for us 🙂
We really appreciated however the food at Rua which was delicious and the fact that they served very fast. Since we were very hungry this was perfect!