On our recent visit to Porto, we had the advantage of some very benign weather. This allowed us to purchase a 2 day pass on BlueBus to include 3 features. Unlimited travel on their open top bus (others are available), a river sightseeing trip from the Gaia waterfront, and an hour long visit to the port cellar of Calem. All this for 19 euros,or $21.65 or £14.20, which turned out to be very good value, compared with rates in other European cities, such as London. Porto is a beautiful and interesting city, as long as you are aware that the streets and back-alleys are either straight up or straight down from the central square, Praca da Liberdade. The bus tour last over 2hours and takes you through the city and its suburbs out to the port and along one of the longest promenades in Europe, with the Atlantic surf crashing against it defences. Turning back along the Douro the bus takes you past some of the loveliest apartments that cling to the valley sides, all colour and bustle. The river trip is again about the same time, going first one way up the river to the last of the seven bridges that adorn this river, then back down and out to the bay where the river meets the sea, sheltered by a large breakwater, returning past the extraordinary flats, apartments and homes that line its banks. Finally an hour-long tour of the port cellars of Gaia, only one was open at this time of the year, but its was a fascinating albeit brief look into the history of port wine, including the surprisingly good white port. Enjoy!
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