Porto, beyond the booze
It was my second time in Portugal but first time in Porto and I have to say Portuguese sounded to me like a Russian trying to speak Spanish but traveling to Porto made me fall in love with this language.
I fell in love with the city, granted, being a huge Harry Potter’s fan[1 see editor’s note] played a role on it, J.K. Rowling got a lot of inspiration from Porto for Harry Potter, but the main reason behind my Porto love is none other than booze; Port!
Port wine is one of the sweetest alcohols in the world and traveling to its origin and learning about it was and still is the second to best decision I took in my life, first place goes to dumping a 65kg load of course.
It is very interesting, though reality looks different and a tasting will tun probably into a crawl not a pub crawl but a vineyard crawl.
I had a few glasses to many and because of its sweetness it goes down like oil like the Germans say and quicker in your head.
Somehow I ended up magically drunk, can’t recall how did it happen, the thing is I got lost. Instead of normally walking down a hill I got lost walking up a hill and landed at The Yaetman, a 5 Star Hotel and to my own luck it was Happy Hour.
And nothing pairs better the good old booze than a great view, and this place has the best view over town.
I stayed for a few drinks, watched an amazing sunset then hoped for the best so I could find my way home, which I eventually did.
Are you a Harry Potter fan?
Did you try to stamp grapes with your feet and then drink it?
Ever crashed into a 5 Star Hotel and got wasted ?
Editor’s Note: this person calls himself a Harry Potter fan, however, didn’t know what a Patronum was, alleged that it wasn’t an important part of the story.
- Do a port tasting
- Climb up Torre dos Clérigos and soak in the breath taking view over Oporto
- Visit the Palácio da Bolsa and take a tour for 8.50 € or a fiver for students
- Explore the neighbourhood Ribeira
- Check out Livraria Lello, its great
- If you can explore the Douro Valley
- Rent a bike and bike to the Atlantic Ocean and dip your feet
- Visit Casa da Musica
- Walk along the harbour
- For the lazy ones take a funicular
- Check out The Yaetman
- Visit Serralves
- Visit Igreja de São Francisco, it is worth it although it is a church
- Just walk everywhere and get lost but do not forget Cais de Gaia
- For more info about Porto go to: VisitPorto
- Bacalhau- Cod fish and there are many varities of this fish so get wild
- Caldo verde a lovely soup on a chorizo base
- Cozido a mix of different cuts of meat for example chorizo 😉
- Drink as much orange juice as you can, it is cheap and sweet
- Try to find a menu for 5€ you might be lucky
- eat some pastries, any pastries are delicious especially the one from Lisbon, Pastel De Belem