There are two kinds of cruises from Porto - THE Douro cruises, that taking one or more days will take you to the wine region, and the few hours cruises that will show... not much that you will not be able to see on foot.
It's acceptable, but somewhat confusing.
I'm afraid I must consider this beautiful and historic Cafe as being a tourist trap.
Everything was prepared to rip the tourists, the prices were very expensive, the service was slow, and there were big crowds all the time.
Unique Suggestions: I recommend that you take a look, but the best time to do it, and really see the whole room, which is superb with its glass mirror walls, is on Sundays, when the Cafe is closed.
- Food and Dining
Avoid the appetizers
A number of the cafés and restaurants place a plate of nice looking apettizers (olives, cooked meat, cheese, bread etc) on your table as you sit down. Unless you make a point of not touching them they are added toyour total bill and they are not cheap. I was surprised to find that a single portion of these appetisers cost as much as the total for two main meals and drinks! So you should avoid this trap or at least confirm with the staff the cost of these before you dive right in and eat them. They are tasty though.
- Food and Dining
The cafes on the waterfront, although oh-so picturesque, are rather expensive because they cater to tourists visiting ribeira. I payed several euros for a coffee (café) which might only cost 0.50 Euros elsewhere.
Unique Suggestions: take advantage of the scenery
The transit in the centre of Porto...
The transit in the centre of Porto is very intense and is really hard to drive in for every people who doesn't know the city very well.
Take a cab or another public transport, and let the own car away from the centre.
Baghdad Bar on the Boavista...
Baghdad Bar on the Boavista High Street advertises itself as 'Top Bar'. Wheter this means topless bar is unknown, but several friends reported going in at 5pm, and being surprised it was empty, but even more surprised when they were charged 26 Euro for 2 beers and a Vodka & Orange. On leaving, a couple of lithe looking women were entering, and headed into a back room - Strippers? Anyhow, dont bother, its a complete rip-off.
Casa de Ramalde
Passing by this palace, with a open door, I thought that it was a museum or so, and decided to visit it. Frustration - it is only a classified building in administrative use.
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