We thought Porto looked like a good place for a mini-break in April. While the UK temperatures are still struggling to get into double figures, Porto enjoys warmer weather. We weren't disappointed.
|There are many churches: this is Igreja de Santo Antonio dos Congregados|
|The typical ornate baroque interior contrasts with the more plain exterior|
|Tiles are everywhere in Porto - here on the outside of an apartment block|
|... on the floor of a church|
|Often the tiles make a detailed picture|
|Tiles are used to decorate entire walls - here on the Chapel of Souls on Rua de Santa Catarina|
|Porto has lots of very steep streets. This is Rua de 31 de Janeiro with one of the vintage trams|
|In the evening we went down the steep streets to the banks of the River Douro, passing these old cottages|
|The iconic Dom Luis bridge was designed by Theophile Seyrig, the business partner of Gustave Eiffel|
We loved Porto. It's an interesting place with a definite buzz. As well as the tourist sights and interesting shops, we enjoyed the veggie-friendly Portuguese food (no need to resort to pizzas here!) and the excellent hotel which was perfectly located for us.
I think we'll be booking another trip quite soon.