Porto, Portugal, One of the Best Cities to Visit
Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Lauren Martin

The cove of Portugal, the place where charm becomes reality with the tastiest seafood and the best wine to enjoy. The tiny buildings, red roofs and cobblestone roads really make this a desirable spot for tourists all over the world. But, because it's not the capital of Portugal, I believe its sometimes overlooked and thought of as an "option", well I want to change your mind for sure on that. It really makes a difference when you are with the right guides, and good company to share the best food spots, history, and overall pure enjoyment together. This is a place also to enjoy alone and to wander off into the unknown.

One fact about Porto is, that this is the city where the book Harry Potter was born. Fans from all over the world travel to see the incredible and enchanted book store, and might even purchase a book or two. It is said that JK Rolling spent most of her time in Portugal, and specifically in Porto to gather inspiration for her future books. I can completely understand, because the country is so beautiful and perfect to get inspired.

Let's take you into the streets of Porto... 

As you can see the beautiful charm, and rich history that fills every detail of this city. Porto, is a fisherman's village, and every day the workers catch the best seafood at the best prices. So fresh and good! Not only is the food fantastic, but the atmosphere is very relaxing, laid back and people are very friendly to tourists and are open-minded.

Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Lauren Martin

You just never know what you might come across down those little streets and artsy districts. Here are some samples of graffiti art throughout the city... absolutely incredible, and this place thrives with hidden artistic talent.

Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Lauren Martin

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Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Lauren Martin

This isnt just any "jellyfish", this art piece in the center is completely made out of plastic bottles and waste (Love it). 

Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Lauren Martin

Porto is not only beautiful in its charm and mystery, the wine is phenomenal. Especially when you try it with cheese....WOW, (Mind=Blown). There are many wine cellars across the entire city, that seem to be a bit pricey. I would recommend buying a bottle of bubbly, sitting down at a nice restaurant by the river, or just drinking it all for yourself in the comfort of home (ha-ha). Just try it, and all other wine won't even compare. I personally enjoyed white Porto wines. 

The oceanside was my most favourite part of exploring Porto. The water is extremely cold though! But, its wonderful to walk along the beach and enjoy the breeze and warm sand. 

Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Lauren Martin

The best part about exploring Porto was the riverside and the little streets. Although this city isn't big, prepare yourself for lots of walking. Also, it isn't a place for "stilettos", and uncomfortable footwear. The views are just spectacular, though!

Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Lauren Martin

The culture is also really thriving in Porto!
Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Lauren Martin

So if you plan a trip to Portugal, don't forget to add Porto to your bucket list!

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