Thursday, August 6, 2015

Porto to Faro our Portugal adventures... Part 1... Porto!

So if you follow me on Instagram then you will probably already know im on a mini road trip break through Portugal! My fiance Carlos is originally from here so we come for the yearly family visit and summer break.

This year we decided to fly into Porto (North Portugal) and fly out of Faro (South Portugal) and make a road trip visiting a few places along the way. I'm always used to going away back packing on holiday and making sure i visit as many parts as i can, sitting on a sun bed by a pool on a package holiday really isn't my thing! Don't get me wrong i know mine isn't for everyone either, but i just love to keep my feet moving and take as many memories home as i can.

I thought i would do a few posts while im here to keep you updated on our travel and what we've been up to so i'll break it up into our travelling sections for you!

Porto
We flew into Porto on a pretty uneventful Easy Jet flight, although our luggage was slightly over which ended up costing us stupid money (damn cheap airlines and their money making tricks). When we landed in Porto we'd pre-arranged a rental car to collect, i was excited to have the freedom while we are over here, but also petrified to drive on 'the wrong side of the road' so jumping straight on the motorway and city winding one way roads was a little nerve racking but i got there in the end! The most frustrating part of driving in Porto (as a first time euro driver) was that there are people who help find you parking spots (they don't work for anyone, just help so you tip them) and it was great i found a parking spot and helped me in, but annoyingly this is right when i started to panic and couldn't work out the controls and spacial awareness so i had him trying to guide me and me just getting very sweaty behind the wheel, after about 5 minutes i manage to wangle it in!

We'd also pre-booked an Airbnb apartment for our arrival. We'd never used Airbnb before but we'd looked at apartments several times when visiting locations. The amount of choice you can get from location, style and needs make it a real travel essential for everyone. A bit like our stay recently with the Lloyd hotel in Amsterdam, we like that you can control how much you want to spend and decide what factors you feel are most important for your spend. We've also got another apartment booked for a later part of our trip in Lisbon so i'll do a review of both apartments with images on a separate post!

In image form, here are some of the things we've got up to!


Breakfast at a little cafe around the corner... i just love Portuguese pastries!!





We took a walk up to the top of the Clergios tower







Did lots of walking and taking in some beautiful scenery and buildings! There are so many abandoned and fallen down buildings here. I love how this garden had grown over and almost spilled out this building. It's Carlos' and my dream to be able to buy a couple of places in Portugal to do up and rent out and also use as holiday homes.








Porto as you may or may not know is famous also for its 6 bridges. We decided to take a walk across one from Porto to Gaia and also take the cable car up and down for some additional views of the river Douro. There was also an F1H20 races being held for the first so we got a good view over the races as well. This is picture of my beautiful fiance Carlos on Gaia over looking the river.

In these posts i am wearing a New Look fine knit tank top and an older H&M side split maxi skirt, but you can get something similar HERE




Heres some snaps of us in our Air BNB apartment (review to come separate)




On our final morning we took a quick boat tour around the River Douro, you can walk up and book these, they run every 30 minutes and everyone charges the same which is €12.50 and children (up to 12 i think) go free! It lasted about 50 minutes and i would recommend as a little something to do.
Here i am wearing the Motel Vinnie Slip in Antqiue Posey



I also had a cheeky Port from Sandemans! Im not a huge fan of Port on its own but while in Porto i had to. I got one mixed with champagne for a more bubbly experience! haha



We ate a few places while in Porto but our favourite by far was Casa D'oro which was recommended to us by a couple we met out one night and got chatting to. The view was amazing and while the food was ok it wasn't the best place we had ever ate at, but we'd go back in heartbeat for the view! Definitely recommended to anyone visiting!




I'm also now obsessed with tiles....! I'm going to collect all the different prints i find so i'll do a separate post later.

While i'm posting behind where we are in location you'll be able to keep up with our antics on Instagram and get more info on here.

Love LeNeed (and Carlos)
xxx

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