Such a soulful city you are: Porto, Portugal.

August 16, 2016

With Porto, it was love at first sight. One of the first few scenes that greeted me as i made my way to my Airbnb apartment in Porto, was of kids gathering around a bubble-maker, excitedly trying to touch the gigantic bubbles as they rose higher and higher. It was a privilege just being able to share that moment with them and soak in their immense happiness and laughter.    

 

If you are planning to visit Porto and haven't booked your accommodation yet, i strongly recommend this Airbnb apartment. This apartment is located in the historic centre of Porto (right next to the train station) with tall windows that give you up-close views of the city plus there is a hammock in the room! Without a doubt, one of my favourite Airbnb rooms ever! Cost per night: 85 SGD

 

My morning, dreamy view from the bed.  

 

Porto is such a great city to explore on foot. (Yay to saving money on transport!) I knew Porto was one of the oldest cities in Europe but i didn't expect its rich history to seep into my soul so deeply. As i walked around this historical city, i started visualizing how life would have been here in the 4th century and felt so lucky to be able to admire the stunning palaces and churches that survived the city's past invasions.

 

My power breakfast (< 2 Euros) here for 3 days straight. I will have it no other way. 

 

Ribeira Square is one of the most picturesque parts of the city! There are gorgeous colourful ancient houses situated along Ribeira's medieval streets with plenty of cafe, bar and restaurant options. All the tourists i met here told me that Ribeira is the most romantic district in Porto! True that! 

 

Such photogenic traditional boats along the Douro river. The Dom Luis Bridge in the background connects the city of Porto to Vila Nova de Gaia. You can travel across the bridge on foot, by segway or take one of the Tourist buses. From the top of this bridge, you get the best views of both cities. A must do!

 

Right up my alley! In my past life, i must have been Portuguese. (No one i know in Singapore enjoys blood sausage as much as me.) 

 

This 10 Euro grilled salmon meal i had in the city of Gaia was incredible. I have to say, those were the yummiest baked potatoes i have ever had! If you are looking for good food and wine, both Porto and Gaia have plenty of cafe/restaurant options that are super wallet friendly! 

 

There's just so much to explore on foot in Porto. I kept bumping into numerous charming buildings at every turn. Love how the locals keep it real, haha!

 

View of Porto from Gaia, located on the left bank of the Duero river. If you want to sample port wine, you must cross the bridge from Porto and head here. All the famous wineries are situated in Gaia.

 

After the sun sets, Porto gets even more romantic with you. 

 

Every other restaurant i walked past had an amazing live band performing. Love it!! 

 

If you have overdosed on sightseeing in Porto and Gaia, head to Molhe beach. There are buses from Porto's city centre to Molhe beach. There are great cycling and running paths along the beach too. I came here on my last day in Porto and this was the perfect place to unwind and reflect with a cup of iced coffee by the beach.  

Porto, i have never met a city as soulful as you, yet. 

 

 

Much love,

Valli 

 

 

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