Beautiful Porto in Rain and Sunshine

My final day of exploring the city while spending a week in Porto, was just as much fun as the other 3 days. But I wasn’t sure when I set out that it would be as good.

It was raining. So my initial plan was to have a coffee and watch the rain. But while drinking my coffee I remembered that I didn’t walk over the top of the Dom Luís I Bridge, and since the weather wasn’t the best, I thought it might be a good time to do it.

Even in the dark weather, walking past Praça da Liberdade looked beautiful.

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And then a strange thing happened. The clouds began to pass and there was blue sky and sunshine by the time I had walked up the hill to Porto Cathedral.

And the view back over the city was picture-perfect.

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The Porto Cathedral is one of the most important tourist sights in Porto and a historical and architectural landmark of the city. With parts dating back to the 12th Century, it has undergone major changes, with the current version completed in 1737.

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Once reaching the top of the hill, it was a lovely view of the bridge up ahead.

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The top of the bridge is very open, for pedestrians AND trams.

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With a fantastic view down to the Old Town and streets below.

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And a beautiful view of the river and waterfront.

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Really well designed and laid out.

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Looking down on the other side of the river are some amazing ruins. I’m not sure they are accessible though.

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And once you cross over there is a cute park, and easy access to the tram to head back.

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I know there is more to see in Porto, but for now, I am happy.


Originally published at travelwithfiona.

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