It was my first time to visit Porto or Portugal, and my friend & I were very impressed with the city. A free map at the airport and the convenient Metro system led me to believe that Porto is a very tourist friendly city.
The Porto Trindade Hotel where we stayed is only a couple of minutes from Trindade Metro station. The Metro is very convenient and inexpensive. You can pick up the Metro at the airport. The hotel is chic, well designed, and environmentally conscious. The staff is courteous and informative. A welcome drink of Porto wine warmed my body after a long flight and layover. The room is adequate in size, modernly laid out, clean, and comfortable. There is a fridge and a teakettle to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee in the room. Two bottles of water are also provided every day. The plug outlet is for a two-prong socket. Make sure to bring a converter.
In front of the hotel, you can take a bus to the riverfront, where most of the sites are located, but we walked down every morning and evening. It is a good walking distance, 20 minutes straight down to the river and 25 minutes up. We enjoyed the walking because Porto is not very warm in summer. When we were there last week, the temperature went up to the lower 80’s. The mornings and evenings are chilly. You need good walking shoes, because the cobblestone streets were hard on our feet.
Breakfast the hotel provided us had many choices and was freshly prepared. The bar seems not to be frequently visited but the man in charge, named Raul, is very charming and educated us about the wine, the city, and the people.
We took a full day Doulo River cruise and were disappointed. It was too long and boring. We should have booked a winery tour, instead. The tram ride was a fun way to see the city. It brought us to different interesting parts of Porto. The cellar visit is a must. Of course, you can taste the Porto wines, and you will be well informed about the history and how to make Porto wines.
Porto was a wonderful city for us. We travelled easily & comfortably, and were gastronomically impressed. The Porto Trindade Hotel was very gratifying.
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