Coimbra was were we left it off, right??
Oh dear Portugal, you've got so many hidden amazing places to discover...anyhow, let's continue.
Needless to say that Coimbra is a lovely place with not much to do other than roaming through the picturesque stone the streets, and people watch of course! For me, good enough.
We didn't stay long, the travel must go on.
On our way back up to Porto, we slept (or tried to) and/or prepared our route plan for the next couple of days.
We were welcomed back by sunshine and summery breeze that kept it cool enough.
Hostelwise, I must admit it wasn't great, so I won't even bother mentioning the one we stayed in. I'll just say I went back home with a nice collection of 20+ spider and mosquito bites all over me...not fun! and wasn't very clean. Only saving point was that at this hostel we met a lovely Belgian girl who joined us on our adventures. Hallo Lieze! :)
Citywise, I loved every second of it! You'll see why!
And we "accidentally" ran into the Corpus Christi celebrations. June is definitely a great month to visit Portugal, and Porto specially around the Summer Solstice or St. John's day. The celebrations are epic!
We followed the multitude, until we reached our destination: The main train station.
Porto's main train station is a must see, if you haven't scheduled it yet in your plans, do it! You won't regret it.
The building dates from the early 1900s, and the architecture and decoration is absolutely fabulous!
A few meters away down the road you'll find another must: Porto's Cathedral.
The building is marvelous, but what's really impressive and worth coming are the views over Porto. Second to none!
That, and the kids merrily playing in the fountain.
And my last tip for Porto: the river bank in Nova de Gaia, specially at sunset or sunrise times and the Museu da casa Sandeman.
The river bank in Nova de Gaia is filled with a wide range of cafés and restaurants, as well as wine cellars (Porto is famous for its red Port wine, which isn't technically from Porto but the opposite side from the river, Nova de Gaia). All of them with their respective terraces where you can enjoy a large selection of the best products Porto has to offer.
And If you feel like just sitting and taking in the beauty of the whole place, there's a nice park-promenade where you can enjoy the sight of the little boats and Porto from the other side.
Including an amazing sunset,
While dipping your toes in the river.
Before heading to the Museu da casa Sandeman, where you'll try the best Port wine, that also qualifies as a must, don't you think?
These are just a few things I found to be breathtakingly amazing, which doesn't mean they are the only ones. There's so much to do in Porto that only a couple of days is not enough.
If you are in Europe, you can fly to Porto from many European cities with Easyjet at very affordable prices.
Do you have any Porto or Portugal tips or must-sees? Let's plan a wonderful adventure together!
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