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Campervan Adventures in Spain & Portugal: Porto

Today we headed into Porto to explore. Originally I did not have this as a stop, but we enjoyed Lisbon so much and we had the time to work it in so why not? We took a taxi into town which was good as the traffic was so bad and I cannot imagine trying to park there. 

Once we planned to stop here we also thought we won't stay very long in the city as I didn't have that much on my to-see list so we will head back to camp after lunch and continue on. Only when we got to camp the night before it was a two night minimum so we thought okay. Why not just have a relaxing afternoon after a morning wander in town? So that was the plan. And hahahahaha - yeah that didn't happen. We walked all over and only got back to camp just before dinnertime! 

Our first stop was Jardins do Palácio de Cristal which had some lovely views and was really nice to walk around

Then headed on to wander through town

And get lots of treats! These were from A Padoca and oh my goodness they were delicious! We also picked up dinner here as they had too many tasty looking things! The people were also super friendly. We sat outside while they packed everything up and they brought us some water which was nice. It was one of my favorite places and I would definitely go back if we are in Porto again. They also had this rice flour Bolo de Arroz which was so freaking good. 

Some more treats from Pastelaria Tupi

And lunch at 100 Culpa. It took us a while to find a place that had outdoor seating, but finally we found this place and had a long break. I got the special which was a soup

And salad - this was all fine, but not amazing

Raymong pancakes which he enjoyed, but I was not really a fan of. 

Chapel of Souls

We tried to stay high before lunch, then afterwards made our way down to the waterfront (instead of walking up and down the hills all day). 

We walked across the lower bridge (and saw someone jump off into the water)

Then took the gondola up to the top of the hill

This was the Gaia area and we loved it over here!

After seeing all the views we walked back along the upper bridge

To the cathedral and then got a taxi back to camp

It was a long day of walking, but so much fun! We both really enjoyed the city even though there were so many people everywhere! And so much construction when we were there (the main train station is supposed to be really nice, but there was so much construction we couldn't figure out how to get over there and decided that would be for next time). We had these stromboli like things we got from the first bakery for dinner which were so good

Then walked down to the beach for sunset

It was a good thing we had 2 nights at camp because there was no way we would have been able to get back to camp by checkout! Or we would have had to cut our exploring way short. Either way I am glad we decided to stop here. 

16.9km walked/14 flights


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