Date: 12th August 2019
Travelled: 56 kms from Amarante to Porto both in the Province of Douro
Stayed: Venda Nova P+R municipal aire, free with services, N41.17511,W08.54140
Budget: 64 days @ €80 per day
We were in no hurry to leave Amarante. The Hymer was sitting in the shade and we had a lovely view of the Rio Tâmega. So we hold firm until our second coffee is done, then get the Hymer ready for the road. We set the GPS carefully to ensure we cross the Tâmega over the new bridge rather than the old.
Climbing out of Amarante we turn west for Porto into the heart of the Douro. This province is famous for it’s port wine and we spend the next hour passing hillsides scattered with vineyards.
Porto is Portugal’s second largest city, it straddles the Rio Douro. It’s a sprawling city and parking close to the city is not easy so we opt for the P+R in Venda Nova. Our data-base tells us there is an aire with services there. So we roll into north-east Porto, finding a Lidl on our way.
Map of Greater Porto, the icon on our parking spot.
There is a laundromat just up the block, so we get a load of washing done early, then walk over and catch the tram into Porto.
Our strategy is to follow the Lonely Planet’s ‘walking tour of Porto’, it seem most likely to take us pass most of the main sights. So we follow the guide…
Mind you the Coomur Sardine Palace is not in our guide…
At €7.50 pp the Church of San Francisco did not live up to the hype for us. Firstly there are no-photo signs everywhere, once you have paid and walked inside. If I had known I would not have paid to go inside. So stuff it, I took a few photos.
So that’s Porto, we walk down hill a hundred metres to the metro and make our way back to Venda Nova arriving back at the Hymer around 7 pm. We are both tired and a takeaway sounds good so I walk around the block, finding a cafe which did a remarkable good burger and fries. We have another drink and another day slides through to the keeper.
Michael and Pam