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We stayed in Porto for 10 days. We were welcomed by Uncle George who guided us from the airport via the Euro tram train system shown here -.
to our destination stop called General Torres, located about 200m from the apartment. It is a fantastic train/tram system that goes underground in the city, just like the Tube in London, but emerges at road level once outside the city centre, where it travels down the middle of the road like a tram….. it’s so simple, but original to my eyes.
One thing to master quickly is the Andante ticketing system that issues tickets at a public office, luckily there is one right next to the near by General Torres stop.
Next was the apartment. Well, we had everything at our finger tips, it was as good as living at home and with good security too, plus that fantastic view of the Douro River only a 15 minute walk away. In case it rained there were umbrellas supplied, but on our holiday we had no need with beautiful sunshine every day and temperatures between 23-28oC.
Food can be pricey in the city and we found a nice restaurant/tea shop just up the main road from the apartment at the next bus stop called ‘Gaiea’, and close by is a supermarket which had good fruit and fish. If you like fish, then we had a very good cod and salad with chips for about 10Euro per person.
Long distance travel by the tram-train is so cheap and being pensioners it only cost us about 3-4 euros for a return trip to Braga, a country town about 30 miles away. Can you imagine it, where my local bus service in Hampshire costs near £3 return for a mile and half to the town centre. We have a lot to learn by seeing how things are done in Europe……?????
The river trips are very nice and lots of people action along the river, further afield travel by tram-train takes you to really lovely sandy beaches, like say Tenby in South Wales. For the youth there is a lot going on at night in Porto and the people are very nice, and what I call ‘people watchers’. Many people speak good English and we never had any real trouble getting around, but it is useful to read up about the transport system before you go. Once you buy a ticket you can use it to travel on the metro and the local bus services.
I can highly recommend Uncle George’s apartment and a good holiday time in Porto.