After leaving Lisbon (and stopping in Fátima), Porto was our next stop and home for about a week.
The São Bento train station is a beautiful station.
The atrium’s tile work is something to see and shows the history of transportation in Portugal.
The earthquake that virtually destroyed Lisbon in the 1700s did hit Porto so, architecturally, it is a much older city. Most of it being built with granite, Porto is also a darker city than Lisbon where Limestone was the main building material. In the pouring down rain, it’s even darker.
Sé do Porto (Porto Cathedral) – built in the 12th Century.
Capela Das Almas – a small chapel at the end of a block full of shops.
Porto not only sits on the Atlantic Ocean but also the mouth of the Douro River. This photo shows where the ocean and river meet.
Just about every time we left the room to check out Porto, it poured down rain. While visiting Gaia (across the river from Porto) we had about 5 minutes of sun.
Gaia is also home to blocks and blocks of Port wine houses. We tried a few glasses.