Splitting my Portugal adventure between Lisbon and Porto was a brilliant idea. I had a great time rediscovering Lisbon and Sintra in a romantic perspective with my boyfie. Porto, on the other hand, was an expected gem. The city's architecture is visually stunning. Walking on its cobblestone streets feels like starring in an epic period drama film. Every corner of its historical core is absolutely a selfie-worthy moment for tourists. No wonder its old town was recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
The city, in general, is quite easy to navigate. You can practically walk everywhere. There are also signage for directions. Portuguese citizens are generally friendly, always eager to help. They also have reliable transportation if you are too tired to walk. But in my opinion, walking is still the best way to explore this awesome city.
Porto is also a gastronomic delight for foodies like me. During the trip, I had the chance to devour their world-famous sandwich Francesinha. Every carnivore's dream sandwich, this Portuguese delicacy, is made with bread, wet-cured ham, linguiça, fresh sausage like chipolata, steak or roast meat and covered with melted cheese and a hot thick tomato and beer sauce served with french fries. Sounds sinfully indulgent? Well, it is. The portion was unbelievably generous. It was quite a challenge to finish. It's one of those rare moments that I had leftovers. Aside from this, both Coco and I sampled on some of the best fresh pastries we picked up at random local bakeries for almost nothing. So cheap I should have hoarded more food to take home with us when I got the chance!
Unwind with your special someone at the long strip of bars and cafés along the Douro river. People-watch while you sip a fine glass of Porto wine. There are also lots of street vendors selling Portuguese delicacies and handicrafts. These are excellent gift options for your family and friends. Coco and I bought some organic homemade tomato jam, made from the freshest tomatoes. No preservatives added. No wonder it is undoubtedly the tastiest jam I have ever had in my entire existence. On our last day, we did not leave Porto without hoarding some fine wine and egg tarts.
Both Coco and I enjoyed our brief yet memorable trip. It was a great bonding time for us away from our usual crazy, busy schedules. Indeed, I feel so blessed having found someone who shares the same passion I have for traveling. I'm really looking forward to more memorable trips with Coco next year! Fingers crossed.