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April 7, 2020

Shopping Cidade do Porto!

And here I am again, continuing my souvenirs of travels, all wonderful and bring many nice periods of my life. One of them was visiting Porto, Portugal. Always heard of Porto and love the drink, and finally was there. I have several posts but feels they have been too general, therefore, let me tell you about the Shopping Cidade do Porto!

Shopping Cidade do Porto, also known as Shopping do Bom Sucesso, is a commercial area located in the Boavista area, in Porto. It is located opposite the Mercado do Bom Sucesso (see previous post) and the Galeria Península.

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Shopping Cidade do Porto was built in the first half of the 90s, and has more than 15,000 m² of leasable area spread over four floors which were given the name Piso Lazer (-1), Bom Sucesso (0 ), Gonçalo Sampaio (1) and Mouzinho de Albuquerque (2). The structure of the building comprises a wide central span, in one corner of which is a panoramic elevator. On the underground floors there are 560 paid parking spaces. It has last count 112 stores and two food courts, one on floor -1 and another on floor 2 Among the approximately 20 restaurants and cafes are represented.  The Chapel of Nossa Senhora do Bom Sucesso is attach (see previous post).

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The shopping Cidade do Porto , is just around the corner from the hotel I was staying, 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  It’s an alternative to kill some time in the city. a pleasant airy way to shop too and seek Portuguese products.  The anecdote here is that one of Spain nicest supermarkets has a branch here Froiz you can see the sign in the last picture. Webpage in Porto: Froiz Porto

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The area is full of architecture stunning buildings and monuments to see as shown some in my previous posts. The area is boavista in Porto, Portugal. And this is the Shopping Cidade do Porto or City of Porto mall! Hope you enjoy it

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Here is their official webpage: Official Shopping Cidade do Porto mall

The tourist office of Porto has some more in English: Tourist office of Porto on Shopping Cidade do Porto

And there you go an all around visit to the wonderful inner city of Porto, hope you do come and even away from the drink porto! And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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April 7, 2020

Praça de Mouzinho de Alburquerque,Porto!

And here I am again, continuing my souvenirs of travels, all wonderful and bring many nice periods of my life. One of them was visiting Porto, Portugal. Always heard of Porto and love the drink, and finally was there. I have several posts but feels they have been too general, therefore, let me tell you about the Praça de Mouzinho de Alburquerque.

As I wandered around the Rotunda da Boavista, you can see 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.

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Mouzinho de Alburquerque was a Portuguese cavalry officer. He was famous for his capture of Emperor Gungunhana at Chaimite in 1895 and for pacifying Mozambique.

Since 1876, Praça da Boavista has housed the São Miguel fair that, from Cordoaria, had been transferred there. The decision to garden the square and to erect an obelisk commemorating the Peninsular War in its center was taken a few years before the establishment of the Republic of Portugal. The Monument to the Heroes of the Peninsular War, became the identifying and structural element of this square.

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At the end of the 20C, Rotunda hosted the Porto Book Fair for several years and was an important hub of the Sanjoaninas Festivals. In the center of the square is the Rotunda da Boavista Garden, in a circular shape, which develops around the imposing Monument to the Heroes of the Peninsular War. In the garden, liquidambars, oaks, linden trees, tulips and some palm trees deserve special attention.

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This is an unofficial webpage local Porto but has a nice presentation on the Praça de Mouzinho de Alburquerque in English: The Local Porto webpage on the square

A very nice area for a walk and plenty of nice architecture all around it including other monuments mentioned in previous posts about Porto, Portugal. Hope you enjoy the walk.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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April 7, 2020

The Mercado de Bom Sucesso at Porto!

And here I am again, continuing my souvenirs of travels, all wonderful and bring many nice periods of my life. One of them was visiting Porto, Portugal. Always heard of Porto and love the drink, and finally was there. I have several posts but feels they have been too general, therefore, let me tell you about the Mercado de Bom Sucesso.

The highlight 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.

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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.pt/portfolio/mariscaria-bom-sucesso-2/

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The Bom Sucesso market was completely renovated and reopened in June 2013. Architecture and stands mixing tradition and modernity. To see, there reigns a different atmosphere than in other markets. There are classic fresh products (fish, meat, vegetables) but there is also a section with gastronomic products only Portuguese and a restaurant area. Emphasis is placed on promoting the made in Portugal.

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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 day/night.

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The official webpage of the Mercado de Bom Sucesso :Mercado Bom Sucesso Porto

The tourist visit Porto webpage in English on the Mercado de Bom Sucesso: Tourist office Porto on the Mercado Bom Sucesso

This was really nice worth a stop day or night , shopping or eating. I prefer the eating and drinking delicious Portuguese wines. Really the area was tops see my other posts, recommended. Really enjoyed the Mercado de Bom Sucesso at Porto.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

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