Here it is, the second part of my story about trip to Portugal. As I already wrote, and you can read it here, I went there with two of my friends, we spent two weeks there traveling from south to north of the country. After Lisbon, Peniche, Nazare and Coimbra we continued to Aveiro, Porto, Braga and Barcelos. Portugal is country where awesome people live, where climate is perfect and the food is even better so if you ever get the chance to go there don’t miss it.
Aveiro is very nice small town in the Centro region of Portugal that will offer you beautiful historical sights and long sandy beaches for those who are ready for lazy vacation. This is also one of the towns that has beautiful canals that are passing through so take a ride with gondola and discover Aveiro from the other perspective. After that and nice walk through the narrow streets find a place on the terrace in one of the restaurants near the water, try some Portuguese food from the menu and experience everything that Aveiro has to offer. One more tip, if you want to enjoy in the great view over the ocean go to Costa Nova do Prado where you can get most easily by short bus ride.
Porto is second largest city in Portugal. It is situated in the Norte region on the river Douro. We were very excited before getting to Porto because it was one of the cities that we always wanted to visit. We were staying in a hostel a bit far away from the center but it was very easy to get to the main sights. There is a metro line but we walked almost all the time regardless to all the steep streets. As you already know this town is famous for its wine and when you get there you must go to wine cellars to see how they produce Porto, it is very interesting and you will also have the chance to taste it. If you like sweet wines you will love it for sure.
As we really love to eat a lot while we are on the road, among lots of great dishes you have to try franceschina, their famous dish. It doesn’t look very nice but if you are very hungry this is the best choice for you. It is made of bread, ham, sausages, steak or roast meat and it is covered with melted cheese and the topping is made of beer. It is served with the French fries. What do you think? If it doesn’t sound good for you they also eat lots of fish so in one of the restaurants near the river you can taste some specialties. So, in Porto you will find all that you need as a traveler: beautiful sights, tasteful food and very friendly people, just relax and enjoy.
Braga and Barcelos
Braga is on the north of the country and it was the last stop of our adventure in Portugal. Football lovers will probably associate this city with S.C. Braga, the most famous sport club in town. It is very nice city but there is nothing much to do there, especially at night. So come here during the day trip because if you want to party it is not the best choice. Just a bit outside of Braga is a sight that you can’t miss, Portuguese sanctuary Bom Jesus do Monte. To get to the basilica you can take a ride with old funicular that was built in 1882 and it is the oldest in the Iberian Peninsula. Interesting thing is that it is moving by water counterbalancing. The church is surrounded with beautiful garden and the view of Braga from the top is awesome. To get down take the stairs, around 600 stairs. On your way you will pass by many fountains but five are special and each is dedicated to one of the five senses. All together look very nice and it is definitely worth of visit.
From Braga we went on a day trip to Barcelos to see all the handmade roosters that they have on the streets. According to the legend cockerel saved a life of pilgrim that was sentenced for a crime made in Barcelos. The pilgrim said that if he is innocent cockerel will crow three times, and he did it. After that cockerel became a symbol of good luck and it is also an unofficial national icon.
Of course, we got one as a souvenir 🙂
Your story: What is your impression of Portugal? If you still haven’t been there is it on your travel list, which cities would you like to visit?