Porto, Portugal

Our last full day in Portugal was spent exploring the city of Porto.

Porto, PortugalAfter spending days in the heart of the Alentejo it was great getting back to the hustle and bustle of city life!

Porto, PortugalPorto, PortugalPorto, PortugalPorto is absolutely stunning. It’s a great mixture of the old and the new, and it’s all quite romantic by the river – the funicular railway is a highlight, too.

Porto, PortugalSandeman, Porto, PortugalIt would seem almost rude to go to Porto without tasting some port, so we spent an afternoon doing a tour of the Sandeman cellars. We spent the extra €3 and went on the 1790 tour over the classic visit (€9). I’m so glad we did – at the end of the tour, we were taken into a nicer room, and got to try some of the more premium ports. I didn’t think I was much of a port fan before, but I’ve definitely been converted – some of the tawnys were exquisite.

Yes, it is unbelievably touristy, but it was so much fun – and for €16, it’s a really reasonable day out.

Porto, PortugalSandeman, Porto, PortugalSandeman, Porto, PortugalSandeman, Porto, PortugalSandeman, Porto, PortugalPorto, PortugalPorto, PortugalAs for dinner? We avoided the riverside like the plague – the combination of dodgy accordion music, and the abundance of over-priced, bland-tasting tourist trap restaurants made us look elsewhere. I’m so glad that we did – because we found a little local gem in Miss’Opo.

Miss'OpoPorto, PortugalThe decor is very minimalist and on-trend, and the seasonal menu of small plates are really quirky and unique.

Porto, PortugalThe small plates were delicious, particularly the sashimi and the Moroccan chicken, but the highlight was definitely the desserts.

Porto, PortugalSashimi, Porto, PortugalIt’s unusual, as I don’t usually go for the desserts, but these were really spectacular. I had a melissa and raspberry ice cream, and my boyfriend had a frozen banana pie with a minty marscapone.

Porto, PortugalPorto, PortugalMiss’Opo is located on Rua dos Caldeireiros, 100, Baixa, Porto.

4 Stars (4 / 5)

The next day, we woke up early and drove three hours to get our flight back to the UK from Lisbon. I had such a brilliant time in Porto, and Portugal in particular and would definitely recommend it for a few weeks away!

Have you been to Porto? Where are some of your favourite spots? Let me know by commenting below, and be sure to follow me on  Twitter, Facebook or Instagram!

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  • Chelsea Coulter

    Looks like a gorgeous place, the food looked super tasty!

    • erin.niimi

      Thank you Chelsea! It is really amazing – perfect for a city break! X

  • Fabulous pics, what camera do you use? Looks like you had a lovely time xx

    • erin.niimi

      Thank you becci! I use either a Sony rx100 II or a Nikon dslr – they are brilliant!

  • Portugal is on my bucket list 🙂 Nice photos 🙂

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    • Thank you Pati! It’s really brilliant – I recommend Lisbon or Porto for a weekend city break definitely! xx

  • I haven’t been to Porto yet but as a big fan of port I think I need to make a visit soon following on your footsteps by doing a tour then going to Miss’Opo.

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    • You should! It’s really beautiful and interesting, and the food was amazing – and you can’t beat it for port, either! xx