Porto is not a popular and well-known attraction for people living outside the Europe continent. Its fame cannot also be able to be compared with other major cities like Paris, Rome or Lisbon. But for me, this unknown place remains a very interesting option for me. Porto is located in the Northern Portugal, facing the Atlantic Ocean, which is Portugal's second largest city. It is also one of Europe's oldest historic center certified by UNESCO (UNESCO). Although it is the second largest city, its size is just as fine as like other European cities, which is a suitable place to spend a good weekend.
Looking at Porto from Gaia Town (Vila Nova de Gaia). Photo: Apito
Upon arrival at Poto it was showering, and I checked in at an old hotel operated by a few elders. Without warning, suddenly there were thunders and rainstorms, followed by a burst of ice crashing down from the sky with temperature significantly plunged. People were just shocked of the unpredictable weather at this early Spring.
The old wooden windows in the hostel made me not able to sleep well at night, and not until after noon I woke up and left. Compared to last night's dramatic weather, today it was a gratifying comfortable sunny day.
Walking down to Porto University Square, only to find that today was the Old Town Festival and activities were everywhere. In addition to different theme Markets along the street - arts and crafts, food market, second-hand market, there is also a small open-air music zone. Small restaurants and street-style coffee shops were filled with people. After a while shuttling between the crowd, in a small Portuguese homely restaurant I took a sit, having fresh fish pies and olives, radishes and other dishes with a cup of white wine. All such were prepared by the two sisters in the shop and they were just fresh and delicious.
Old Town festival, food market, second-hand market. Photo: Apito
After having a full meal then I continued walking along the Old Ribeirinha street. Because of the festive season, all the way down it was full of joy and noisy atmosphere, people talked loudly and cheered at the parade. After the hustle and bustle gradually faded, I have come near the river Douro. There were many restaurants and bars alongside Douro River, outdoor open-air seats had been snapped up. Locals, tourists gathered here like cats lowering down the warm sun and enjoyed a great weekend afternoon. Sitting in Porto landmark - Dom Luís I Bridge, I looked at this historical bridge.