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Porto is Portugal's vibrant industrial and commercial center. The city itself is not very densely populated, it has only about 300,000 inhabitants. Of course, except for tourists who simply adore this Portuguese city. Since the beginning of the century, Porto has seriously rebuilt. Became cleaner and more enjoyable. And there are so many entertainments that you won’t want to leave here at all.
The airport consists of a three-level modern terminal with dozens of shops and cafes. In terms of convenience and cleanliness, this place has no questions at all. Travelers at the airport of this Portuguese resort often note clear navigation, despite the fact that the gates are not in the order of their digital values and can be confusing. Wi-Fi works pretty well here, but the charges for the phones are rather small and it’s better not to count on luck with them. But next to the boarding gate there are free showers and you can put yourself in order with some comfort.
Of the minuses of the airport are queues. There are few control personnel, many travelers, and thorough customs control (perhaps even too much). All this leads to a long wait. If you arrive and see that there is still at least half an hour waiting for your turn, just exhale and think about the wonderful days in Porto that await you further.
To get from the airport to Porto will not be a problem at all. This can be done cheaply, quickly and with maximum comfort on the purple branch of the local metro. Trains run on average every 20 minutes from six in the morning until half past one in the morning. Travel time will be about 25 minutes, and ticket price is $ 2.5, and the ticket is valid for 1 hour 15 minutes.
The city is very diverse in architectural terms. It combines medieval houses with cutting-edge business centers. In general, the geography of Porto pleases the eye, but does not please the legs at all. The city is built on the hills, and the abundance of stairs will make sweat even the most trained travelers. However, in the Porto you can always (and should) stop for a short break in one of the thousands of establishments with delicious food and strong wine.
This richly decorated 75-meter bell tower, lovingly looking at the city of Porto, is perhaps the most important symbol of the city. The tower was opened in 1763. The then-famous Italian designer Nicolau Nasoni had a hand in the beautiful Baroque ornaments and architectural elements of the building. If you dare to overcome all 225 steps inside the tower, you will have a magnificent 360-degree view of the whole city.
When you look for this park on the maps and stumble upon photographs of dinosaurs, know that this is not the Crystal Palace. In the one that is worth recommending, there are no prehistoric figures, but there is a real maze of green paths, unusual trees and sculptures. All this was built by the German landscape architect Emil David. A walk through the gardens will bring a sense of calm, satisfaction and a great mood.
First of all, buy a classic local Francesinha sandwich in Porto, which literally means “little French girl". It's made from bread with ham, sausages and other meat. Topped with cheese and seasoned with a special sauce. It is said that every local cafe has its own secret recipe for this sauce, which makes an ordinary sandwich typical Portuguese.
A typical Porto dish is Tripas à Moda. This is a stew of beef tripe, smoked meat and white beans, which is usually served with rice. In 2015, the city even celebrated the 600th anniversary of this high-calorie dish.
The national treasure of Portugal is the dried and salted cod bacagliau. This dish is so popular that there are more than 365 ways to cook it (and some even count to 1000). In other words, every day of the year you can eat a new kind of baccalau. You will find this cod, cooked in a variety of ways: baked, grilled, canned, fried, served with various side dishes. In general, you can fill your gourmet weekdays in Porto with just one bacagliau for several weeks.