Our first real sight of Porto was the train station, and wow!
We weren’t the only ones that stopped to admire the tiles.
Besides the train station, most of the the sights we experienced were seen on one full Sunday when we explored Porto all day. After accidentally passing the mechanical clock as it went off at noon, we made our first stop at the tiled Church of Saint Ildefonso.
The view from the church shows the hilliness of Porto, and includes a nice view of the Cleric tower in the distance too.
From the Cleric’s tower we wanted to walk down to the river, which took us past the Porto Cathedral.
We continued from the cathedral by the winding stairways down to the river’s edge and the lower level of the massive Luís I Bridge.
It was much windier along river so we were happy to have our jackets! The view from the other side was worth it though.
After a relaxing lunch we continued to Croft, where we enjoyed our first rose port as well as a comparison between a late bottled vintage port and a vintage port from 2008. It was a beautifully sunny day so sitting on their small terrace was a must.
On the way back to our apartment we enjoyed several street art pieces as well as a view over the upper bridge.
After some downtime to recharge our phones, we headed out for sunset in Parque das Virtudes – the sunset wasn’t so great (and the park was crowded with smokers), but a local cafe was selling take-away sangria!
Finally, we got shots of the City Hall building that was just around the corner from our apartment.
Porto is fairly compact, so we were able to see many of the sights in one day… and whetted out appetite to explore more in the future.