I love the Porto area for many reasons, but one thing which stands out to me is the port wine production. Usually, when I am in Porto I make my way to the Portwine district which can be found just on the other side of the Douro river, in the city of Vila Nova de Gaia. It is a modern district and devoted to Portwine and a variety of restaurants, bars, and shops. It is wholly modernized but in a manner which recaptures the soul and spirit of its past. The Dom Luis bridge and the gorgeous buildings of Porto as a backdrop are worthwhile to experience. Just sitting there on the riverbank taking in the whole atmosphere and settings is something anyone must not deprive themselves of. It is a fascinating place with lots of museums dedicated to port wines.
I appreciate the Taylor’s and Ferreira museums very much. Below are some pictures from there. I am going to devote an article solely on port wine from where I will be at the actual facility and give you some detailed information and insight. It is a fascinating world!
The pictures below are from the Ferreira & Taylor’s port wine exhibitions, respectively.
Anyway, after a few days in Porto and finished my meetings I drove up to Viana do Castelo. It is not too far away from Porto. I had booked in for a few days at the Viana do Castelo Pousada. It is slightly tricky to get there, although right behind the Sanctuary of Santa Luzia which can be seen on the mountaintop from the city below. The views from this place are impeccable. You even get better views from the hotel balconies. The Pousada is cozy but slightly outdated. However, it has a certain charm attached to it. It is wonderful to enjoy the breathtaking views while eating your breakfast as the sun rises. Also, the city and Santa Luzia lit at night. It costs you nothing to enter the church but if you want to get up to the roof there is a small fee.
Viana do Castelo is a beautiful place and the city and its churches something not to miss. Fortunately, I am familiar with the city and have already seen it in the past. Therefore, I decided to relax a little on the “mountaintop”- before continuing my journey to the unique city of Santago de Compostela in Spain. This will be my final destination and where I would celebrate Christmas. You can read about my experience there in the last chapter in the small series of blogs (4/4).
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