Porto is the second largest city in Portugal. We stayed at Parque Biologico da Gaia. This was a perfect stop over for us. The Aire only facilitates 9 motorhomes and it is very secure with plenty of shade and there was a great area that we could easily exercise the dogs.
We caught the bus into Porto and headed to the train station. Not because we wanted to catch a train but Sao Bento station is very unique. The vestibule is covered in over 20,000 azulejo tiles dating back to 1905 which were hand painted and tell the story of Porto.
We decided to buy tickets for the sight seeing bus we have never done this before. The tickets cost 28 euros each, included in the price was a river tour and free entrance to 3 Port Cellars with tastings included. We both felt this represented good value and would help us enjoy all the Porto has to offer.
On the opposite side of the River Douro the area is called Vila Nova de Gaia and this is where all the Port Houses are and The UNESCO World Heritage Site the Monastery of Serra do Pilar.
The monastery is situated on an outcrop overlooking the Dom Luis I Bridge and stunning views over Porto.
We paid 6 euros each to get the cable car down to the Port Houses.
We wandered around Vila Nova de Gaia and stumbled across the famous street art called the “Half Rabbit”. This piece of street art has been created by rubbish collected from around the City. We think it is stunning.
We spent a couple of hours visiting the Port Houses, there are so many to choose from. You could probably spend a few days just tasting port, which was tempting!
The historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Carmo (on the left) and Carmelitas (on the right) churches look like the biggest church in the city of Porto. In fact, they are two churches separated by one of the worlds narrowest houses. This was built to make all contact between the nuns and the monks impossible.
The City Wall is a very understated UNESCO World Heritage site.
There is a lot to do in Porto and we stayed here for 5 days and had a leisurely look round as there is a lot to see.