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In the last stop of our European #Photowalk adventures, we visit the port city of Porto, Portugal.

Our tour is simple: start at Lisboa Plaza, home to the Clerigos church tower, for the best overhead view in town. (It’s just 225 steps up, but who’s counting?) Across the street is the Lello bookstore, said to be where the Harry Potter books were inspired. Author J.K. Rowling used to live in Porto and frequent the shop. Now word has spread, and there’s always a long line to get in —and a 5 Euro charge to enter. (Pro tip: arrive at 6:30, 30 minutes before the store closes, when it’s less crowded.)

Below is our mapping guide to our short, 30 minute #Photowalk of the second largest city in Portugal.

Thirty minutes for the actual tour is actually a misnomer, as you’ll spend all day on this tour, Photowalking. If you just walked straight without stopping, yes, that would be a half-hour.

But let’s face it–you came to Europe to explore. right?


Elsewhere on the tour: the Sao Bento train station is one of the great stations, and is a great place to discover Portugal’s love of tiles. There are some 20,000 of them devoted to Portugal history on the walls.

Then head down to the Ribeira, the dynamic waterfront, home to cafes, street performers and a killer view. Then cross the bridge to the other side of the Douro River, and visit the local wineries, and the famous Port wine.

If you have a chance, check out the unique Portugal musical instruments, which loyal readers will remember from a recent post.

In the video above, which I hope you’ll watch, I’ll introduce you to the amazing street performer Luis Reis and the photographer Jose Manuel Santos, who leads fun photo tours in Porto and specializes in showing folks the best, “hidden” areas in town.


And speaking of touring, we had great assistance for our trip via the folks at Portugal Trails, which specializes in helping people put together self-guided tours. They were fantastic, and just FYI, no, they didn’t pay me to say this. We worked with Goncarlo. Tell him you read about it here!

We left Porto just two weeks ago, and can’t wait to go back!

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