As gloomy days were still reigning over London, we were in a desperate need of some Vitamin D remedy and a break from our day to day routine. A brief research through the summery European destinations we settled on visiting Portugal and Porto was our first stop.

This fascinating and vibrant city, offered beautiful sights and a buzzing nightlife in glorious sunshine throughout, and became the perfect antidote to our lovely but grey London. The beautiful sunsets, architecture and history, the port wine and lively Ribeira square made our time so wonderful.

– Se do Porto and Panoramic Views
After checking in to our hotel, we were well on our way to our first destination Se do Porto, a beautiful cathedral with a scenic terrace lookout that offers the prettiest views of the terracotta rooftops of the city. This is one of the best spots for admiring the hilled city and take some lovely photos with the view.

– Ribeira Square and Azulejos
After we were done admiring the views of the city we decided to wander down into the famous Ribeira square, the oldest neighbourhood with beautiful medieval buildings, azulejo walls, cobblestone laneways and old churches. The azulejo is one of the strongest cultural expressions in Portugal and one of the most original contributions of the Portuguese in world culture. Here we ticked off our list a couple of places: Igreja do Carmo & Igreja dos Carmelitas plus their azulejos, Sao Bento train station and Capela Das Almas. Our next mission was finding a dinner place. And the best location in our minds was Cais da Ribeira, to enjoy the beautiful sights of the Douro River, Dom Luis I Bridge and the wineries of Gaia.

To be continued…