Port, pastry and tiled houses.. Welcome to Portugal!

7th November – 10th November

What do you do when in Porto?? Drink port of course! And it was delicious, I have to say.
What do you do when in Porto?? Drink port of course! It was delicious.

As we made our way across the border from Spain to Portugal I was excited to venture into another country.  We had been in Spain the longest of any country in the past few months (not that I don’t love Spain, because I do).

Our first destination was Porto, home of Port wine.  We ventured to the port ‘caves’ along the river, the old buildings that traditionally housed the port wine barrels.  Of course we tried a few (or many) too.

Porto, Portugal
The view over Porto city centre toward the river.
We went for a tour through the Sandeman port premises. The old barrels are reused for up to 50 years.
We went for a tour through the Sandeman port premises. The old barrels are reused for up to 50 years.
The distinctive Sandeman emblem. Traditionallyin Porto students would wear the black cape.
The distinctive Sandeman emblem. Traditionally in Porto students would wear the black cape, many current students still maintain this tradition.
Stumbling through the small streets of Porto, hunting for Port cellars.
Stumbling through the small streets of Porto, hunting for Port cellars.
A perfect way to end a day of port tasting.. a beer with a great view overlooking the city lights.
A perfect way to end a day of port tasting.. a beer with a great view overlooking the city lights.

We made our way out to the beach and walked back along the river, past all of the old tiled homes.  We also visited Serralves, perhaps the most significant art institution in Porto. There is a large garden, contemporary art gallery and Casa de Serralves; an incredible Art Deco home.

The tiled buildings of Porto.
The tiled buildings of Porto.
Casa de Serralves, Porto. An incredible art deco home that makes up part of the Serralves art institution.
Casa de Serralves, Porto. An incredible art deco home that makes up part of the Serralves art institution.
The exterior of Casa de Serralves.
The exterior of Casa de Serralves.

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And it wouldn’t have been a trip to Porto without having the local speciality.. Francesinha.  This monster consisted of a snadwich layered in meat (pork, steak, ham, sausage) and cheese.  This is then topped with more cheese, egg, drowned in a beer and tomato gravy and surrounded by chips.  Mmm.. healthy!

The local speciality - Francesinha.
The local speciality – Francesinha.

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