Porto in general gives you the impression that you went back in time ( for the exceptions of modern modes of transportation) you'll think that you've reached back in history through a time machine. I loved it!!
I loved the river side view with the artistic bridge arches that stand up high.
Palacio da Bolsa
Visit the Palacio da Bolsa. This building is the former stockexchange. It was built to show the wealth of the merchants of Porto. The inside of the Palace can be toured, but taking pictures is not allowed. If want to know more of this Palacio see the website:
swimming in the Douro
Local kids pictured here swimming off the docks in the Rio Douro. I have no idea how clean this river is, but as long as they don't get parasites and ultimately spread them to me, I have no problem with their actions.
Pack your favourite sun body products...
The beaches of Porto town and all its region are very rich in iodine, much more than in the south beaches as Lisbon or Algarve.
This way, you will be skinned much more quickly then you think (specially if the sun is cloudy !). So, be provident and pack your favourite sunny body products just for the possibility of any excess of sun exposition.
Santiago de Compostela
It's possible to visit the Spanish city of Santiago di Compostela as a day trip from Porto. I noticed a few tour companies, including the company we booked our 6 bridges river cruise with, ran day trips, or an overnight stay. Although I didn't visit the Galician city during this trip, I spent a weekend there later on, and found it to be a fascinating place
Famous as the destination for pilgrims, or walkers. This university city has lots of character. Interesting architecture, seafood restaurants, an outdoor market, museums, history and culture etc.
To be continued...