By now I am pretty certain you will have realised that back in November I fell in love with Porto. In the past whenever I have travelled I’ve felt a little bit like an alien but there I really feel at home and comfortable.
But another thing I love about Porto is that there is always something to do there.
After my recent visit at the end of last month I realised just how many options there are there for spending a Lazy Sunday by the Douro and I thought I would share a few of them with you in case Porto is on your travel list for the year ahead.
HEAD TO THE BEACH What better way to start the day than with a walk to the beach? On our last visit to Porto Paul & I headed straight out on the Sunday morning and walked from the heart of Ribeira down to Foz do Douro and enjoyed a nice walk on the beach, watched the wild Atlantic waves roll in and enjoyed a little lunch at one of the beach bars dotted along the coastline.
CATCH THE TRAMPortos historic tramway is not only one of the most Instagrammable (that’s a word now right?) sights I have ever come across, it is also incredibly useful if the Atlantic decides to deliver a little rain whilst you’re at the beach! It costs just €3 per trip and it is worth every cent!
SAIL AWAYThere are a few ways to get across the Douro; you can jump in a cab, climb on board the Metro or you float your way across on the River Taxi like Paul and I did. The River Taxi runs daily until about 5pm, costs just a few Euros per crossing and is by far the quickest and easiest way to make your way to Vila Nova de Gaia from the Ribeira district of Porto.
GO PORT TASTING It goes without saying that you cannot go to Porto and not partake in a little Port tasting at one of the many cellars dotted in and around Vila Nova de Gaia. Paul & I have visited both the Grahams & Sandeman cellars during our visits and I would definitely want to visit Porto Cruz if I can drag him back there. The Cellar Tours & Tasting sessions are very reasonably priced and you will walk away feeling like a real connoisseur of the local delicacy.
RIDE THE TELEFERICO The Teleferico de Gaia is the quickest an easiest ways to get to or from the top of the Dom Luis I Bridge to the Douro Riverside in Vila Nova de Gaia. You can ride the Teleferico for just €6 one way or €9 return and it includes a free glass of Port at Quevedo Port Wine.
So there you have it, my favourite five ways to spend a lazy Sunday in Porto. Of course you should start every day there with Pasteis de Nata’s and a good strong coffee to fuel you for the day ahead but that does without saying!
What are your favourite was to spend a lazy Sunday? As always I’d love to hear from you below, thanks for reading x
This post has not been sponsored, I just love Porto <3