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    Porto in a Day

    A piece of land where the powerful Atlantic meets the classy old continent is home to Porto, the city of sweet wine and fado, and one of Europeans' favourite weekend getaways. lives and breathes its faded grandeur on every step of the way. A dose of nobility mixed with continued austerity makes for the unique charm of Porto. With many hidden corners, dated facades and walls tiled with azulejos, Porto will enchant you with its eclectic mix, the scent of salty air and melancholic sounds of fado music.Are you a spontaneous type of traveller who likes to aimlessly wander the streets of a new town? Just relax, start off at Praca da Ribeira and indulge in rambling Porto's oldest quarter centred around the Se Cathedral, where winding streets and quaint shops still echo the long gone medieval times. Barrio da Selooks like a painting per se- its houses seem to be dancing while the brilliant sunshine gives a very special touch to their bursting colours. Go wherever the chance takes you and collect your own Porto secrets somewhere off the beaten tourist track.

    A traveller who likes to plan ahead and has a check-list of 'not-to-be-missed' places could take a closer look at our suggestions.Even if you are not an early bird, be brave and set your alarm clock to any time before 8 am. Head to Lello & Irmao Bookshop and your regrets about giving up on a long lie-in will be forgotten in an instant. Said to be the most beautiful bookshop in the world, Lello & Irmao has inspired modern best-seller writers and artists with its grandiose interior - a stunning staircase, stained glass and old wooden walls. Taking photos is not allowed so just relax over a cup of coffee on the first floor and quietly admire the interior.After getting some peace and quiet, head to Foz do Douro, a prosperous neighbourhood on the waterfront and get ready for exactly the opposite! The waves of the Atlantic smashing against the beach and the relentless lighthouses make for a sight one does not easily forget. Enjoy a romantic walk along the waterfront if the weather is nice and calm. If you are (not) lucky to visit during stormy weather, stay safe and dry, and watch from afar. You will still be able to hear and feel the power of nature manifested by the strong waves of the ocean.

    After such an intense experience, why wouldn't you treat yourself to some comfort food? The Portuguese food scene comes with a strong undertone of the Atlantic. Seafood in Portugal is a given. There is, however, much more to it than just fish. An ideal pick-me-up snack is lanche, puff pastry with delicious filling, both savoury or sweet. If such a tidbit is still not enough to satisfy your hunger, definitely go for a francesinha, the Portuguese (un)official hallmark sandwich or, more precisely, a baked sandwich covered in cheese and served in spicy sauce.

    For a quirky take on sardines, a Portuguese staple, don't miss Central Conserveira Invicta. This is a fish-themed deli with lots of fish produce in vintage packages. The deli sometimes organises free sampling hours and offers affordable meals at the back of the shop.

    Such delicious food calls for Porto's main trademark - wine! The world famous Vinho do Porto is already a classic among sweet wines. Porto wine belongs to fortified wines - rich, sweet and strong thanks to the brandy added during the fermentation process. The two-thousand years long tradition of wine making in the Douro Valley is a guarantee of quality. Porto wine is served in almost every cafe and restaurant in the city. For a special tour and wine tasting, we'd choose Taylor's Port, one of the oldest Port houses in the city, with Vintage Port as their speciality.

    Now that you are full and happy, you are good to continue a sightseeing tour through Porto. We do hope your haphazard route has taken you to Sao Bento in the meantime. If not, plan a visit to Porto's most central railway station, an ode to Portuguese history and transport. The atrium is decorated with more than 20,000 azulejos, the work of a famous artist from the turn of the 20th century. Careful though - if you decide to make a day trip to Lisbon on a whim, you will have to catch a train at Campanha Station, a few metro stops away.To end this one-day tour, head to Torre dos Clerigos, a beautiful Baroque church, whose bell tower does not go unnoticed as one of Porto's most distinctive symbols. You will need some stamina to get to the top of the tower up the narrow staircase, but the stunning 360 view of Porto will be worth it!

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