Escape to Porto and discover one of the most impressive cities in Europe. Choose one of our selected hotels with the following requirements: good location in the center of Porto and good value for money. Hotels designed for those travelers looking for practical and strategic accommodation to fully discover the city and enjoy the most complete Porto. Stroll along its Avenida de Aliados, feel like a Harry Potter character in the Lello bookstore, try some of its famous meals and tapas, known as petiscos, visit the famous chapels of Carmen and Las Almas and its tiled facades, do some shopping on Rua de Santa Catarina, discover the Cathedral and its viewpoint, the church of San Ildefonso, go to the Ribiera and cross the Don Luis I Bridge to enjoy the fabulous Port wines in one of its many wineries. At night, enjoy the good atmosphere of Porto, the friendliness of its inhabitants, sit down to taste its delicious cuisine, its green wine and have a drink in the Paris Galleries. Does that sound like a good plan to you?
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There are four important areas to see in Porto.
If you have more than 2 or 3 days, in the surroundings, to the north, is the city of Matosinhos. You can get there by public transport or by car. Matosinhos is a fishing city that, although it does not stand out for its aesthetics, is full of restaurants where you can eat the best fresh fish and seafood in the area. Also, if you travel in summer, the Praia de Matosinhos is the closest and most accessible from Porto. If you are a lover of fresh fish, this is your place.
A little further south, about 50min by car, you will find Aveiro, known as the "Venice of Portugal" for its channels in the estuary. Upon arrival you can take a Moliceiro, one of the typical boats of the city, which will give you a tour around the canals while they explain the history of the city. You can also get there by public transport: bus, train or taxi.Aveiro (although it can also be reached by public transport without complications) to take some photos in Los Palheiros, the famous booths with colored stripes on the beach. These two cities are small so you will go through them quickly.
If you travel to Porto you cannot miss its famous franceshinas, a complete and abundant sandwich. Among its ingredients you will find meat steaks, Portuguese sausages, melted cheese and a special tomato-based sauce that takes a great manufacturing process. It is usually served with an egg on top and accompanied by potatoes.
Portuguese gastronomy is a delight and an important part of the city of Porto, so stopping to try some of its many petiscos and typical sweets is essential.
Walking around the city, you will see that the cafeterias are full of cakes all day. There are sweet and savory of all kinds, all delicious. It is worth trying the Pasteis de Nata which, although typical of Belém (Lisbon), are made in many pastry shops in Porto. It's like paella, you can eat it everywhere in Spain, not just in the Valencian Community. A cafeteria where you can sit down to eat a good sweet or savory cake is the Confitería Bolhao, a traditional place with a lot of charm and a huge showcase where you can choose your delicacy. Undoubtedly, our favorite place to have breakfast.
The most typical francesinhas are those at Café Santiago, but our favorites are the ones in Brasâo, there is one in Aliados, an ideal place to have dinner since, in addition to making good food, the restaurant is very nice. Of course, do not forget to book if you do not want to be left without a table...
To eat powder (octopus) , bacalhau (cod) or tripas (similar to tripe) there are many restaurants around the Ribera where you can enjoy beautiful views of the river . There are places, more and less touristy (such as Escondidinho do Barredo), where they serve menu and à la carte dishes. To open your mouth, nothing better than doing it with petiscos (it would be something similar to Spanish tapas) or a good green soup. Delicious! Another option is to go to the surroundings of San Bento where there are smaller and more traditional places.
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