Travel Blogs from Esposende
... the waterfront promenade. A great place to sit for a drink and take in the view . We took a boat cruise along the Duoro for one hour, travelling under the many bridges which connect Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia on the other side. From here we had a great view of the hillside and the cable car and funiculars surrounding it. We had a lovely lunch right on the waterfront and enjoyed the sunshine. After lunch we took a tour of the Palácio da ...
... photography. One of the more interesting stops on the tour was a shop known as the Yellow Bookstore, Liveria Lello or Liveria C*******, after the previous French owner. It dates from 1906, and has a beautiful Art Nouveau exterior but it is the interior that attracts crowds of visitors every day. Yellow bookstore, has been ranked as one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world, with an intricate red spiral staircase (very hard to describe as it is quite complicated), a ...
... on to Casa De Mateus and we were struck by the beautiful, scenic and productive countryside. Here we visited the Manor House and took a guided tour and then walked through the magnificent gardens. Next stop was a little village called Pinhao and the drive there took us through mountainous terrain with terraced vineyards as far as the eye could see. Stayed the night here as it was 5:30 and had been a very hot day - got to 36 degrees. Dinner outside on a terrace, still about 30 ...
... forgot to say that we had a second tour in the late afternoon when Miguel was going to drive to his brother's place to deliver some of the produce from this amazing garden. He took potatoes, pears, apples, tomatoes and peppers - so we went for the ride (Melissa and Xavier stayed home for bath and dinner time) and saw a part of the city that we would never have seen. The north of the river side, which is officially Porto - this south side is called Gaia, where ...
... over the breakwall to the Atlantic Ocean. After the boat trip we walked around finding an ice rink (the plastic ice) in a plaza that was a huge hit with the Portugése kids who were hilarious to watch! As Shaun said, at least there's one team the juniors can beat... I digress. The streets of Porto during the holidays are all lit up with beautiful Christmas lights (Lisbon too) so we admired those until I was hangry (angry because I ...
Other places to stay in Esposende
Av Raul Sousa Martins s/n, Esposende | 4 star hotelfrom $63
Avenida da Praia, 45, Esposende | 3 star hotelfrom $49
Aldeamento Pinhal da Foz, Esposende | 3 star hotelfrom $65
Estrada Nacional 13, Esposende | Hotelfrom $46