It’s a rare case when your sightseeing and wowing begins a few seconds after you leave your train in a new destination. Yep, it starts just in the train station! That’s exactly what happens when you arrive in São Bento – Porto’s central train station. The whole interior is covered by tiles depicting Portuguese history, huge walls entirely made of blue tiles. It looks more like a museum than a train station. That’s how Porto welcomes its guests!
Then come the buildings with their facades entirely covered by tiles, although this time the tiles are of any color – red building near the green one, which is besides the yellow one and the yellow one is followed by the pink, pink is besides the blue building, and near it there’s another one with green tiles. An amazing burst of colors! When strolling in Porto you just keep looking up to the buildings all the time and seems like you can never get tired of them, they all are unique, they all are different, and each and every one of them has its unique charm.
If you want to see the biggest burst of colors you should go down to Ribeira – the riverside Porto. This area of the town has the most vibrant atmosphere and the most gorgeous scenes one can ever imagine. And if you happen to be here at sunset, that’s an extra bonus. The colorful buildings, quiet river, small ships, and the sunset – perfect ingredients for happiness.
And the food! Without it the happiness is not perfect 😀 Well, should I mention those pastries of Porto? They are incredible! And francesinha – the sandwich originated in Porto. Unlike Porto being a burst of colors, francesinha is a burst of calories! It’s a layered dish with bread and all possible kinds of meat – steak, roast meat, several kinds of sausages, ham, and all of this is covered by a thick layer of melted cheese. So make sure you are really hungry when you order this dish 😀
Porto is definitely one of those cities I want to revisit again. I’m sure there’s so much more to explore in this culturally rich city.
The crazy clouds dancing in the sky of Porto
Ah, those colorful buildings…
The legendary Café Majestic. And it’s truly majestic
Porto market, the most authentic place of the city
The dreaming cat 🙂
Porto City Hall on Liberdade square
An old beautiful door in Porto
The Portuguese trams 🙂
The legendary Port wine
Small details of the city
An entire building covered by painted tiles. This is incredible!
Peaceful evening at Porto revierside