So how would I describe Porto? That’s an easy one: “Surf and the city”, because surf camp Porto offers a great mix of surfing and urban tourism.
One of my first days in Porto, the surf camp manager Rodrigo (a.k.a. Godzilla), took me to a surf contest he was competing in. Even though the conditions weren’t ideal, the contestants really put on a show and proved their skills. It was inspiring to watch and I got even more psyched to improve my surfing. The following days I had some great surf sessions myself and I got to see the surf school ripping it during sunset at Matosinhos beach.
After a few hours in the water you’re probably exhausted and looking for something a bit more relaxing. Then what could be better than wandering around in Porto’s old town (which is an UNESCO World Heritage Site) by the bank of the Douro River. I had four afternoons and evenings dedicated to experiencing the city and I managed to:
▪ Witness impressive buildings.
▪ Take a photo (even though it’s forbidden) in the bookshop where Harry Potter was filmed. JK Rowling got her inspiration to the fictional bookshop from here when she worked in Porto as an English teacher.
▪ Have a free(!) tasing of Port wine at the wine sellers across the river.
▪ Try out a Francesinha (a Portuguese sandwich originally from Porto).
▪ Watch the sunset with the best view of the city from Serra do Pilar.
And still, there was much more to do.
I leave Porto, full of impressions and with an eager to come back with my friends and family to show them the magnificence of this city.
Next up, I’m heading to Spain again!