Luis I Bridge
This bridge is a double decker, so you have two choices: to cross the bridge from the upper lever of from the lower. My granny was with us and she has vertigo, so we decided to cross from the lower bridge. The upper level is 60 metres (190 ft) above the Douro river, so the view must be stunning from there. If you’d like to cross from the upper level, either walk uphill for a while or take the cable car.
Did you know? Even though this bridge is also known as “Eiffel’s Bridge”, he actually didn’t design Luis I Bridge, but rather his former pupil Théophile Seyrig. In Porto there is a bridge that was designed by Eiffel, the Maria Pia Bridge.
If you are going to cross from the lower level I recommend a stroll along the Cais da Ribeira, a Unesco’s World Heritage Site made of picturesque houses and alleys.
Avenida de Diogo Leite
Once you’ll cross the bridge, enjoy the promenade Avenida de Diogo Leite. From here you’ll have a beautiful view to the Douro river and you’ll see follow, one after another, all the Port wine brands of this world.
Take your pick. I’m sure every Port brand has great tours. We decided to go to Graham’s, simply because it was right next to the apartment where we were staying. The tour was amazing, the Port wine history is interesting and fascinating and it will make you appreciate even more this dessert wine.
Eat Porto: Franchesina
Last but not least, a food recommendation. It might not be for everyone’s palate, but this heavy sandwich stuffed with a steak, sausage and ham and topped with cheese (a lot of cheese), an egg, tomato and beer sauce is a classic in Porto and you won’t really find it anywhere else in the country so, while you’re at it, give it a try.
At Tappas Caffe Candal they make a delicious one.
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