We started off our Portugal trip in beautiful, colorful Porto. Porto is an awesome city, it’s located near the coast and on the Douro River. It is also where Port wine is made, which is a sweet dessert wine. It’s the first time I’ve ever had port wine, and I loved it. I normally don’t like sweet wine, but port is a little different because it’s heavier and has more alcohol content. Quick facts about port wine: It’s made in Douro Valley (beautiful wine country that we didn’t have time to visit), stored in port houses in Gaia, which you can visit and do tastings, and called Port because, well, it’s near Porto. Another fun fact: Did you know that Portugal is the world’s leading cork producer? Basically every where you look, stores are selling products made of cork; hats, purses, shoes, home decor, etc. Anyways, enough about the facts, we had a fantastic time walking the streets of Porto, drinking lots of port wine, eating delicious food, and hitting up the beaches for some relaxation. Also, restaurant tip: eat dinner at Cantinho Do Avillez.
After Porto, we flew to Lisbon, and were only able to spend one full day there. We wished we could have stayed longer, because there is so much to see in Lisbon and surrounding areas. However, we made the most of our day! We walked around some of the top neighborhoods of Lisbon: Alfama, Chiado, Rossio Square, Baixa, and Bairo Alto.
That’s a wrap on Portugal! These cities were so bright, colorful, and cheerful. I loved the vibe and energy! I would definitely recommend going and spending a little bit more time than we did in each of these cities! 🙂