End of January…crazy, cold winter in Romania, crazy cold weather in Luxembourg and I am enjoying sunny Porto, its lovely wine and the amazing food.
Altough I was not expecting to be so active this trip, I can tell it started with a good walk in the city towards the bridge Louis I. which revealed a stunning view of Douro river and Porto old city.
The Bridge was quite intersting because on top of it there was the metro line which I found a bit dangerous having no security system for the people and we all know how courious tourists are. The lower level was used by cars. A bit of history…it was built by Gustav Eiffel and his team, using this project to gain experience for the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
On this other side of the bridge the city is called Villa Nova de Gaia which is the home of a lovely gondola and the wine cellars.
Because the weather was just great, it was a must to do a boat tour which revealed all 6 bridges passing over Douro river and a bunch of stunning views.
I was trully surprised to see the amount of things to do in Porto. I also need to mention a funicular and even a helicopter tour! It is such a mix between old and new.
The wine cellar tour was quite unique and interesting. I went to Calem where I found out that their Porto wine is made out of 29 different types of grapes and stored either in small barrels or in big ones. The 2 types of wine have trully diferent tastes.
One big barrel could contain around 35,000 Liters of wine:
The cellar tour ended with wine tasting and a half an hour Fado show.
One of the souvenirs I bought is a book about Porto wine from the amazing Lello Bookstore. Dating 1906, it is considered the 3rd most beautiful library in the world. A pleasant surprise was to see it was also selling travelling guides to Romania.
As mentioned before, it was quite an active weekend so more details about Porto will follow. Thanks for reading!