*This article is written by Maria Joao Guerreiro, Project Manager of Ovation Portugal DMC.
An Inside Tip for Foodies
“O Tasco” (Rua do Almada 151) located not far away from the Baixa, and it is the ideal place for family and friends. Tasco means “local unpretentious bar,” and here you can find delicious petiscos, tasty homemade food, a nice atmosphere, and simplicity. Some amazing foods are scrambled eggs with farinheira (smoked ham), Portuguese cheeses, the typical beans with tripe, Codfish sault cakes, fried octopus, and good red wine or a fresh fino (tap beer). No one will serve you a fresh beer in Porto if you don´t call it “fino”.
Mention some vibrant activities to live the city
Climb the Arrabida bridge (Via de Cintura Interna) which is one of the most iconic buildings in Porto. At the top, 65 meters above the river, there is a quiet and relaxing place to enjoy unique views; You can also buy a book at Lello bookshop, a historic building that inspired many writers and artists, visit the amazing St. Francis Church at Ribeira, or visit cosy and familiar coffee shops at Baixa. Serralves Foundation has a stunning Art Deco property with amazing gardens – they feature the Museum of Contemporary Art – where you can find not only a permanent collection but also a great variety of exhibitions.
Name a breath-taking view in the city
Foz do Douro, where the river meets the sea. If you have time, make sure to visit the coast and the beach, where you can find a great selection of restaurants and cafés where you can relax and enjoy a good meal. Take the 5 bridge Douro River Cruise and enjoy the sunset, having a drink at the historical Ribeira district located by the river, one of the most popular neighbourhoods that are filled with energy.
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