Welcome to Porto, Portugal
Porto, or Oporto, is the second largest city in Portugal (after Lisbon) and should not be overlooked. I'll remember it for its production of port wine and for the views along the Douro River. Although I was only able to visit the city briefly on a stopover on my way to Madrid, I can share with you what I did manage to see. I remember my day here fondly, partly because it was the first stop of my solo trip!
Livraria Lello Library
Take a visit, if you would like, to the library that served as inspiration to Harry Potter's J.K. Rowling. This popular tourist activity will now cost you 3 euros. If you are on a poor backpacker budget and would rather not pay to enter a bookstore, you could always peek in through the door. If you do enter, your 3 euro payment is credited to any purchase you make during your visit.
Located: Rua das Carmelitas 144 - Opens at 10am (many sites say 9:30 but when I was there the doors opened at 10. Get there early to avoid the line but don't forget to first buy your ticket across the street. Probably the ticket office opens at 9:30 and the bookstore at 10).
SAO BENTO STATION
Peek in at this fully functioning train station to gaze at the intricate tiling work from the early 1900's. This is a quick in and out stop that is right on the way to your walk across the bridge.
Located: Praça Almeida Garrett
Port Wine Tour
After crossing the bridge, make your way down to ground level to find a port wine tasting to your liking. I suggest Taylor's (which I chose of course for the name). For 7 euros you receive a taste of three different port wines as well as a presentation and tour of the cellar. I will warn you - it is a bit of an uphill climb to get to the facility so if that is not for you there are plenty of other venues to choose from closer to the river. Read about my tasting experience here.
Located: Rua do Choupelo nº 250