2018 was a year we planned on visiting several areas in France we did not know. So the only trip outside the country was to Lisbon and Porto. Each was distinctfully different and enjoyable. Flying from Bordeaux within the EU is really easy so a TAP flight to Lisbon began our journey. I have not mentioned this before, but most of the cities we visit are over a few hundred years old, so airports tend to be quite a ways out of town. Be prepared to bus, tram, or cab it in. We almost always use a cab in that I really do not want to haul luggage onto a tram or bus.
We really liked both Lisbon and Porto. So lots of photos to share. We stayed in a hotel on the Price da Figueira near the center of the old town. Lisbon was nearly destroyed by an earthquake over 100 years ago, this section was spared. So it is a large city much of the newer section is where the damage was done. We did the Hop On Hop Off bus once again and it gives one a really nice opportunity to get a general overview of the city. There are more than one service so make sure when boarding the bus, it is the line taking you where you want to visit. They all stop in the Praca daV Figueira.
So the train ride to Porto was a bit longer than planned in that we took the local with several stops. My mistake, there was a faster train. Still quicker than getting to the airport an hour early, then the taxi in. To be honest not particularly pretty country in this area. The station in Porto was on the outskirts of town, and for several blocks I was concerned about the city. Many buildings boarded shut, and those that were open did not look inviting. Good news, center of town is great. The street with our hotel was loaded with places to eat, each one was superb. One of the most impressive places we saw was the Estacao de Sao Bento. The old train station in the middle of town. It is really difficult to understand the amount of work required to create the tile work on the walls.
Walking down the hill from the hotel, we discovered the Cathedral. It is really quite impressive.
One of our goals was to visit some of the port wine facilities to learn about this regional product. So from the cathedral further down the hill to the Rio Douro. The houses along the riverfront are very colorful and the Ponte Dom Luis is really impressive.
So, our only mistake was not planning enough days here in Porto. We need a second trip to discover all the other sites we missed. By the way, we walked down the hill, but took a taxi back to the hotel. If interested see my posts on Trip Advisor. MitchW