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Location: Stansted

Day 1 - 22 May 2019

Stansted Airport

Stansted, Stansted Airport

Content: We took an evening flight from London to Porto via ryanair. Then as soon as we got to Porto we took a train from the airport to the city centre. The trains were a bit difficult to navigate as the train lines are all colour coordinated but people helped us around! We bought a train and bus pass for the week since we wanted to hit all stops without tiring ourselves

Location: Porto

Day 1 - 22 May 2019

Rua de Santa Catarina

Porto, Rua de Santa Catarina

Content: This Airbnb is located at the heart of the city! I can’t recommend this area and Airbnb enough! It is in the heart of the city, the flat is so modern and safe, easy to get to by transport and so many shops around that we could get food any time of the day if we just walked downstairs

Chapel of Souls

Porto, Chapel of Souls

Content: Our Airbnb was right next to this beautiful church which is also a 5 minute walk from the city centre of Porto

Location: Lisbon

Day 2 - 23 May 2019

Lisbon

Lisbon, Lisbon
Lisbon, Lisbon
Lisbon, Lisbon
Lisbon, Lisbon
Lisbon, Lisbon

Content: While our trip was mainly to see Porto, we decided to make a day trip to Lisbon by train (1 hour) and 40 euros return ticket. We left in the morning at 9 and our first stop was to eat some pastel de nata.

Belém Tower (Torre de Belém)

Lisbon, Belém Tower (Torre de Belém)
Lisbon, Belém Tower (Torre de Belém)

Content: Then we walked to the Belem Tower which was really nice to see the beautiful sea from.

Doca de Santo Amaro

Lisbon, Doca de Santo Amaro

Content: We took a Tuk tuk 🛺 around this bridge (reminded me a bit of San Francisco) all the way to the time out market in Lisbon. It was such a nice experience and saw a lot more of Lisbon than we would’ve if we went by bus that day. We paid 10 euros for the ride.

Time Out Market Lisboa

Lisbon, Time Out Market Lisboa
Lisbon, Time Out Market Lisboa

Content: The market was so crowded but we managed to find a seat after waiting for a while and we had some decent seafood. However, I feel it was overrated.

Igreja Nossa Senhora da Encarnação

Lisbon, Igreja Nossa Senhora da Encarnação
Lisbon, Igreja Nossa Senhora da Encarnação
Lisbon, Igreja Nossa Senhora da Encarnação

Content: Next, we went to the heart of the city centre and tried this famous trains there, it was cute! We also did some shopping and got souvenirs.

Igreja de Santo António da Sé

Lisbon, Igreja de Santo António da Sé
Lisbon, Igreja de Santo António da Sé

Content: The train took us to the top of the hill where we got off to go see this famous church. It was beautiful!

Miradouro de Santa Luzia

Lisbon, Miradouro de Santa Luzia
Lisbon, Miradouro de Santa Luzia
Lisbon, Miradouro de Santa Luzia
Lisbon, Miradouro de Santa Luzia

Content: We walked a bit further uphill to see the BEST view of Lisbon. There was amazing music playing, the sun was setting and the mood was just great.

Topo

Lisbon, Topo
Lisbon, Topo

Content: Before we left for our train back to Porto that night, we stopped at the Topo bar where we grabbed a bite and some drinks while we enjoyed the view; I recommend visiting this place!

Location: Vila Nova de Gaia

Day 3 - 24 May 2019

Senhor da Pedra beach

Vila Nova de Gaia, Senhor da Pedra beach
Vila Nova de Gaia, Senhor da Pedra beach
Vila Nova de Gaia, Senhor da Pedra beach
Vila Nova de Gaia, Senhor da Pedra beach
Vila Nova de Gaia, Senhor da Pedra beach

Content: The next day was a beach day. I didn’t really like this beach, it was quite far from where we lived (we had to change 2 buses) and the beach was quite rocky and windy. There wasn’t great food around either but we made the most of it.

Bar Ponte Pensil

Vila Nova de Gaia, Bar Ponte Pensil
Vila Nova de Gaia, Bar Ponte Pensil

Content: For dinner, we walked to this bar from our Airbnb and it was really nice, you can see the Ponte Luis bridge and the other side of Porto. The food there was decent, I didn’t like the Portuguese wine though...

Location: Porto

Day 4 - 25 May 2019

Zenith - Brunch & Cocktails

Porto, Zenith - Brunch & Cocktails
Porto, Zenith - Brunch & Cocktails

Content: We had to go here for brunch the next day, we heard so much about it. The food was good but nothing special. The restaurant was quite busy and it took an hour to get my eggs on toast.

Cervejaria do Carmo

Porto, Cervejaria do Carmo
Porto, Cervejaria do Carmo
Porto, Cervejaria do Carmo

Content: After brunch we walked to this church. I honestly loved how all the buildings were painted artistically in blue, it was beautiful to admire. We got some good photos here.

Miradouro da Vitória

Porto, Miradouro da Vitória

Content: On our way up the hill, we found this amazing spot where we could admire all of Porto. I recommend coming here!!

Sé Catedral do Porto

Porto, Sé Catedral do Porto
Porto, Sé Catedral do Porto

Content: This cathedral was shut when we visiting and it was quite busy but we just admired it from outside before heading back to our place to rest before dinner.

Ponte Dom Luís I

Porto, Ponte Dom Luís I
Porto, Ponte Dom Luís I
Porto, Ponte Dom Luís I

Content: This was my favourite evening. We went back to the Ponte Luis bridge and got a cable cart along the bridge where we saw all of Porto while the sun was setting. It was magnificent and definitely the highlight of my trip.

Location: Porto

Day 5 - 26 May 2019

Jardins do Palácio de Cristal

Porto, Jardins do Palácio de Cristal
Porto, Jardins do Palácio de Cristal
Porto, Jardins do Palácio de Cristal
Porto, Jardins do Palácio de Cristal
Porto, Jardins do Palácio de Cristal

Content: This was our last day of our amazing stay in Porto. We got a bus to this crystal palace on the other side of town and it was so beautiful - we saw a peacock too! A must visit it you love nature. I think the bonus was the view from the garden, we got great photos there.

Porto São Bento

Porto, Porto São Bento

Content: We passed by the sao bento station because we heard it had some amazing art! Then we stopped at our Airbnb to grab our things and pack up.

Chez Lapin

Porto, Chez Lapin

Content: We grabbed a quick bite before our flight. The food was quite good!

Location: Maia

Day 5 - 26 May 2019

Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport

Maia, Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport

Content: We took a train back to the aiport. Overall an excellent vacation, we were so sad to leave Porto!