Porto, Portugal; 16th – 23rd July 2017
Located in north-west Portugal, the enigmatic urban city is alive with its vibrant tiled buildings and all the more vibrant locals. Honestly, Porto was not what I was expecting; having google images showing you a huge industrial bridge juxtaposed with a medieval Ribeira was questionable. Oh how I was wrong.
Being the second largest city in Portugal meant there was a lot of walking/ bike riding/ tram hopping (for real, I have the weirdest tan lines on my feet from my sandals) but it was worth it. Our time in Porto was unforgettable, commemorating a year with my partner meant the world and spending a week in the city allowed for a lot of exploring.
What to do in Porto:
- Dom Luis (Ponte Luis) bridge – the huge metal industrial bridge in the images. A double decker-like bridge connecting either side of the Ribeira, phenomenal views!
- “The Art Spot” – a street full of galleries, artists, gallery hostels etc.
- Leica Photo Store – We shat ourselves when we walked into the Leica Store; a photography store full of incredible photography equipment and even better exhibition halls. I recommend their LFI magazines, a great read and ace inspiration.
- Foz Beaches – at the mouth of the river Douro is a stretch of beaches with a residential area parallel. Praia do Molhe is one of many, with massive waves that will more often than not take your bikini bottoms…
- Dine on the river front – there are so many restaurants on the river front paired with the pleasure of the Douro view and vibrant atmosphere.
- Draaank – the nightlife culture in Porto is fairly dissimilar to the UK. The ‘Rua Cândido dos Reis’ is a street full of various club-bars and ace music.
I almost forgot, Portugal with-holds an incredible art form which makes the city so vibrant. Azulejo (seen on the featured image) is an art form that began after the gothic period the art form began to take place as form of decoration and temperature control of buildings. The name is arabic for “polished stone” and is seen on the faces of buildings, churches, stations etc. Although the art form was invented in Egypt, it is most commonly used in Portugal in the most beautiful ways.
Camera: Nikon F60 35mm/ ISO 200