Magenta-carpeted wooden stairs of the famous Livraria (Bookstore) Lello in Porto, Portugal
Prepare to stand in line before entering one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world. Livraria Lello has been in business in 1906 and is Porto's most popular landmark and it is well worth the wait time. Harry Potter fans may recognize it as it was a major inspiration for JK Rowling when she was developing the series. Grab your camera and snap some photos of the stunning staircase or purchase a book as a souvenir.
Traditional historic facade in Porto, Portugal, decorated with blue hand painted tin-glazed tiles
Portugal is famous for the Azulejo Tiles. Introduced to the city by the Moors, the beautiful blue tiles can be found covering the facades of many beautiful buildings in Porto. The Igreja do Carmo and Sao Bento Railway Station have some of the most intricate designs and even tell a story through the paintings on the tiles. Wander around the city admiring the detailed mosaics that line most of the streets.
Wine connoisseurs will fall in love with Porto. During your Porto cruise, visit one of the many wine cellars and taste Port, which is produced in the Douro Valley, or sip on a refreshing glass of Vinho Verde which is made even closer to Porto. Your companions will thank you for pouring another glass to celebrate.
Satisfy your appetite with a traditional Porto sandwich, the Francesinha. The savory classic is filled with four or five different meats and then covered in cheese before being drenched in a beer-based sauce. If that sounds too heavy, order up a steaming bowl of Caldo Verde, a hearty kale soup served in most restaurants in the city.
Take a stroll down Rua de Santa Catarina, a lively street, perfect for window shopping during your Porto cruise. Or if you're looking for an interesting souvenir to bring back home, head to the Cedofeita area of the city. You'll find stores like Coracao Alecrim which is one of Porto's prettiest stores selling handmade, sustainable products.
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