Oporto, Lisbon, you know it’s Portugal 1-2 punch!!!

Well just back from another short and wonderful trip to a very nice country still a lot to find out about it, this is Portugal. I know it well as I speak fluent Portuguese and grew up in their communities, my oldest son’s godfather is from Faro. In all ,I have written a bit on it in previous trips .Enjoy them!

This time, I took my flight from Nantes to Porto (Oporto) on Easyjet, first time using it , ok but still will go for the bigger name airlines there ,just me. I landed a bit late,and went out easy taking a taxi for 17,25 euros to my hotel in by the center in Boavista.

The airport site is here: https://www.aeroportoporto.pt/en/opo/home

The airline Easyjet is here: https://www.easyjet.com/en

The ride was nice and even if there are cheaper ways to reach the center, if you can, take the taxi. Nice guy on the ride very talkative, and I was complemented on my Portuguese !!!

The hotel was right by Boavista,nice area, the Fénix hotel , bear in mine there is another Fenix next door call Tuela ,3 stars. I was on the Fénix Porto which is 4 stars ::) ; the site is here in English: http://www.hfhotels.com/gb/?s=5&ss=56

All they said is true, big rooms and bathroom, nice views over the city, and centrally located to see many. I went by the Casa da Mùsica, a nice center. Here it is home to the  Orquestra Nacional do Porto, Orquestra Barroca ,and the Remix Ensemble. Many musical events for all tastes; more here: http://www.casadamusica.com/en/

As I wandered around the Rotunda da Boavista, you can see the Casa da Mùsica and the wonderful Obelisk of the Portuguese fight vs the French imperial invaders ::) It is ,also call by locals the square or Praça de Mouzinho de Albuquerque.  It is 45 meters or 148 feet high and highly decorated on four sides with events in the history of Portugal.

The shopping Cidade do Porto , is just around the corner from the hotel, and you have several high end stores here. It has been preserved by modifiying several aspects of it after its construction in the 1990’s. You have now several stores and restaurants such as Pizza Hut ,McDonald’s etc and four floor all name as Piso Lazer (-1), Bom Sucesso (0), Gonçalo Sampaio (1), and Mouzinho de Alburquerque(2). It’s an alternative to kill some time in the city, but I won’t make it into a shopping center per se, that I am used to. More on the shopping here: http://www.shoppingcidadedoporto.com/

In the back of the shopping center , there is a nice small Chapel, Capela de Nossa Senhora do Bom Sucesso, it dates from  1748, last renovated in 2005. It is done in a rectangular shape with two story façade. Stone staircase that give access to the balcony. Neo Classical in the façade with a portal with tympanum curved interrupted by windows.  More in Portuguese and couple photos here: http://www.shoppingcidadedoporto.com/shopping/servicos/capela-da-nossa-senhora-do-bom-sucesso/

The hightligh of my stayed in this area, was the Mercado de Bom Sucesso market. This is just turning right from hotel on about 100 meters, excellent ambiance, great food, and friendly staffs with full of locals. The site is here: http://www.mercadobomsucesso.com/home/

I went here for a tour walk around one night as had friends picking me up, and then came back to eat a wonderful seafood rice and scallops on shell with a good local red wine for less than 14€ , this was at the Mariscaria Bom Sucesso. More of it here: http://www.mercadobomsucesso.com/portfolio/mariscaria-bom-sucesso-2/

Of course, the market is more than just restaurant, bars and seafood stands, there is also some shopping stores and souvenirs of local craft inside. Worth a visit on any given night.

Then, took the road a bit, and stop by the vinyards of Bairrada in near Murtede, while having lunch at the wonderful local restaurant Cabana do Pastor ( priest’s cabin).  Had a great pourco preto with chorizos here and more local red wine to kill for. This is the black feet pigs famous in the region.  Being so local , there is no webpage but you can find it here: Rua Estaçao 5, 3060-407, Murtede, Tel +351 231 416 350. More info here in Portuguese : http://boacamaboamesa.expresso.sapo.pt/guia/cabana-do-pastor

Then, it was on to Lisbon. Actually this on my return trip to A Coruña but that is another post. Coming back to Lisbon ,even for a day was great. I was able to stayed in one of my favorite hotels in the city, for the food ,service, and location; taxi only 7 euros with luggage from the airport.

The airport is here: https://www.aeroportolisboa.pt/en/lis/home

Again, easy in and out, coming in on TAP Portugal airline.  Their webpage is here: https://www.flytap.com/en-gb/

I actually left Lisbon for Nantes on Transavia the next day with a free navette bus from hotel to airport. The airline site is here: https://www.transavia.com/en-UK/home/

The hotel was the Radisson Blu at Campo Grande; just wonderful facilities, great service, excellent food (try that pourco preto and chorizo again with red wine sublime).  More here: https://www.radissonblu.com/en/hotel-Lisbon

I came back to my Nantes airport to get my car and drive home 1h30. The airport is here: http://www.nantes.aeroport.fr/

Another great stop in Portugal, and always enjoyable. You know the other country in the Iberian peninsula, land of conquistadores, and great food/wine as well as the Fado music genre,and nice beaches.

Have a great Sunday ,and do come visit, it is all worth it. Cheers

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2 Comments to “Oporto, Lisbon, you know it’s Portugal 1-2 punch!!!”

  1. I must go to Portugal! Shame on me: I grew up in Galicia, have been to As Rias Baixas and the border with Portugal and even swam in the river Miño, but never crossed to the other side! Not to worry, we intend to spend part of the winter in future years in the Algarve! And I absolutely MUST go to Fatima, as that’s where I got my name from. Have you been?


    • thanks for stopping by. yes it is very similar to Portugal but always different ::) We drove from Porto by Sarria into Coruña and the ride was wonderful. Not been to Fatima always on the run there. I have good friends in the north of Galicia by Xove but not back since 2013….just not enough time. Keep trying thus!


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