Day 4 – Porto, the city of delicious wine
The double-decker bridge, Ponte Luís I, is the characteristic monument of the city. Eiffel’s colleague managed the construction of this masterpiece. The bridge over the river Douro connects the historic centre of Porto and the district of Vila Nova de Gaia, which is famous for its port wine warehouses. Porto doesn’t have as many historical monuments as the other cities, because the aristocracy couldn’t settle there until the 17th century. Nevertheless, the city has a unique atmosphere with traditional elements of Portuguese architecture – blue and white ceramic tiles called azulejos. These tiles can be found almost everywhere in Portugal, at churches, palaces, train stations and townhouses. A typical example is the church of Saint Ildefonso, a short walk from the city centre.
If you have more days for Porto, we recommend visiting Douro Valley where are acres of terraced wine vineyards.
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