Day 2 of our Porto adventure. Once I shook off my Port wine haze from the night before, thanks again to a delicious breakfast at 1872 River House, I was ready to explore.
We decided to take a river cruise to learn about the history of Porto and get another perspecitve of this beautiful city.
Our river cruise was an inexpensive way to see even more of Porto. The rabelo boat took us up the river towards the douro valley where we learned about the beginnings of Port wine. Port wine was actually started by the Romans and Porto is the only place in the world that can actually lay claim to producing the wine. The Rocky Shores are ideal for the grapes to grow and flourish. We then headed towards the Atlantic Ocean and back to Vila Nova de Gaia.
Old Roman Ruins clinging to the cliffs,
You can see the Moorish influence as well with the remains of a fortress found at the top of the Riberia District.
The Pink building on the end is our hotel we stayed in, the charming and darling 1872 River House, Ivory Swan approved!
After our river cruise, we were back in Vila Nova de Gaia at our favorite spot on the river. We grabbed one last glass of Porto and a chair and took it all in. It was gloriously beautiful day.
We then decided to meander through the old cobbled streets of Porto, climbing up the hill to what is considered modern day Porto.
JCrew Dress Forever 21 Straw Boaters Hat
The sitting area for our favorite restaurant, Terreiro. Cafe tables nestled on the cobble stone street under a beautiful old church.
We visited the Sao Bento Train Station, one of the most jaw dropping and graceful train stations I've ever been in! The entire building is covered in blue tile (azulejo) telling the stories of Porto's storied past. The tiles numbers are 20 thousand, date from 1905–1916 and are the work of Jorge Colaço, the most important azulejo painter of the time. The first tiles were put up on 13 August 1905. The panels depict landscapes, ethnographic scenes as well as historical events like the Battle of Valdevez (1140), the meeting of the knight Egas Moniz and Alfonso VII of León(12th century), the arrival of King John I and Philippa of Lancaster in Porto (1387) and the Conquest of Ceuta (1415).
Twinning with my blue and white Meditteranean styled dress from JCrew and the blue Portugeuse tile.......
Modern day Porto.....most architecture here was built in the 18th century. Gorgeous.....and take notice of the streets, they are all intricately designed with unique patterns. Here we felt the hustle and bustle of working professionals. Below is a Statue of King Dom Pedro VI.
Church of the Congregados, Porto, Portugal. The tile work tells the story of St. Anthony and the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The church is just across the street of Sao Bento station
The city is booming with construction. It's here you will find the luxury high end shops and Michelin star restaurants. It literally was like a whole other Porto to be discovered.
Statue of Prince Henry the Navigator, who was born in Porto. He was the son of the Portuguese king John I and responsible for the early development of Portuguese exploration and maritime trade with other continents through the exploration of Western Africa, the islands of the Atlantic Ocean, and the search for new routes.
Gate attached to our hotel, 1872 River House.
After a quick tour of modern Porto, we hopped back on a train to Lisbon for our 3 day music festival, NOS Alive! I hope you will follow along!