Travel

Why we loved Porto, Portugal- a perfect weekend getaway

17-21 Sept 2016

Every couple of years, my mum and I like to get away together for a mother and daughter break. We have been pretty lucky and enjoyed Istanbul in Turkey, Palermo in Sicily, Cologne in Germany and of course this trip to Porto. I have to admit, we didn’t consult or do the “must haves” when in Porto. We walked the streets, took local buses to the beach front, ate lovely sea food, drank several huge gin and tonics for 5 euros (errr, that was me, not mum) and enjoyed our most gorgeous air bnb with separate bedrooms and a terrace each! We did the hop on-hop off (mostly “on” to save mums legs!) sight seeing bus, but basically were relaxing, not especially sight seeing. We had the most glorious weather and the best and freshest pastel de nata everywhere we stopped. We found the Porto locals who we chatted to super friendly and wonderfully accommodating.

So, I can’t give you the “you must go here” recommendations I would love to. But I would say, what a city and definitely go! It’s so beautiful, it’s a photographers heaven and friends who have been have done the porto wine tours and loved those also. It was 26 degrees when we were there in September! Just perfect 🙂 Trains, or the metro run frequently from the airport into the city and most people we spoke to spoke basic or good English as they are used to tourists.

Our travel and accommodation costs:

£90pp for flight with checked in luggage

£120pp for 3 nights accommodation a very beautiful an Air Bnb property: https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/8188740 (Noticed that there have been no reviews on the property since 2016, so that is a little odd but just so you can see how gorgeous this place was!)

Food and drinks were generally cheap- I don’t have the exact figures but don’t imagine we spent more than an additional £150pp and of course the best thing about an Air bnb is being able to prepare breakfast there and cook if you want to.

All in all it was a great time with my mum and we look super happy in my photos which I love. Just a few snap shots below 🙂

 

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My dear mum with her eyes closed, but looking lovely in the sunshine on one of our terraces!

 

 

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