oporto

Porto Travel Blog

 › entry 31 of 42 › view all entries
coming in over portugal...

I was in Portugal all of an hour and loved it already!  Flying in I was so confused and didn’t know what to think because below us there were perfectly manicured fields of bright green grass, then homes or mini towns with one or two streets running through them, and then mini forest areas thick with dark green, tall, healthy trees.  Then more manicured fields of green, homes/small towns, and mini forests all over again just sporadically throughout the landscape.  Then in the near distance was the bigger city of Porto and the ocean!  It was such a great hodgepodge of landscaping... It’s so lovely!  Plus my hostel is cinema themed and totally awesome, and I show up today and they’re filming a movie this weekend - a horror film to be exact.

porto from my hostel room.
 

 

I’m in the Spielberg room - which really just means two or three E.T. posters on the doors and walls!  But it’s really nice complete with hardwood floors and old fashioned windows - which I can actually open and let in fresh air because it’s absolutely perfect weather outside.  Plus the hostel is brand new and thoroughly IKEA furnished from head to toe! 

 

Thus far Porto is quite the little charming town.  It’s weird because there are nice little charming areas, and then there are scary somewhat… dilapidated areas with graffiti on the wall that says ‘Welcome to hell?!?’ that really made me laugh.

 

 

I hit up the Se Cathedral - which unfortunately had construction covering the entire front.  The inside was simple for the most part, but even the most simple churches/cathedrals here have detailed extravagant altars - and this one was no different.  But besides the altar it was very simple and kind of described or summed up Porto for me - some extravagant gorgeous areas among other simple areas, and some that were falling apart and in desperate need of some good restoration.

 

I took a stroll down the waterfront Ribiera area on the lake and sat and had lunch while watching folks row down the river.  There was lots of rowing going on actually - some seemed to be in training.  There were folks fishing in the lake and small tourist boats going by.  It was a very… peaceful spot.  While I was having lunch, two little girls around eight-years-old came strolling down the way giggling at each other over seemingly nothing like little girls tend to do.  I smiled at them, so in return they stopped right in front of me and played one of those little hand games that we used to do, you know the one that actually started off with something like ‘Down by the river…’.  They did their game, bumped hips, giggled, and ran off together.  It was adorable.  And charming.  Just like Porto...

Join TravBuddy to leave comments, meet new friends and share travel tips!
coming in over portugal...
coming in over portugal...
porto from my hostel room.
porto from my hostel room.
hostel #7
hostel #7
my E.T. themed room!
my E.T. themed room!
three prong forks!
three prong forks!
the streets of porto
the streets of porto
the rivoli theatre across from the…
the rivoli theatre across from th…
the fanciest mcdonalds ive ever …
the fanciest mcdonald's i've ever…
if you look closely youll see tha…
if you look closely you'll see th…
the Se
the Se
steps leading up to the Se...
steps leading up to the Se...
the fancy altar inside the Se...
the fancy altar inside the Se...
Se with construction...
Se with construction...
if you can find it youll see graf…
if you can find it you'll see gra…
this kinda creeped me out when i f…
this kinda creeped me out when i …
some folks filming down by the riv…
some folks filming down by the ri…
the funicular down to (or up from)…
the funicular down to (or up from…
rowing...
rowing...
lunch spot for the day.
lunch spot for the day.
the river front area...
the river front area...
these crazy bikers...
these crazy bikers...
rode their bikes down this crazy s…
rode their bikes down this crazy …
Porto Hostels review
Rivoli Cinema Hostel
great hostel!!! portugal is turning out to be top notch for hostels!! this hostel was in a great location, very close to the subway stations, easy to … read entire review
Porto
photo by: alexandra_h