I arrived Saturday 22 July in Porto, together with sailing friends Floor and Casper with their sailing boat Summerwind. I have met Floor and Casper earlier in the Spanish ria’s where they enthusiastically greeted me when I anchored next to them in the bay. Since then, the two ships sail together towards Lisbon, where they will go to Morocco, eventually around the world for four years! Good for them.
Porto is a vibrant city with many historic places and a distict warm and welcoming atmosphere which we found in Portugal. Portugal really has an culture apart from Spain. It seems more relax and open. Although Porto is a big city with international allure, visited by many tourists, it also shows the mundane live mostly focused on fishing and of course, wine making.
Naturally, I had to taste the port to find a good port for Vanessa. We had a white port, a ruby and a twany. The latter usually being the one Vanessa and I like the most. Not to sweet. However, there was also a vintage ruby, melting on my tong. Specialty of this wine house Churchill, only existing for 38 years, is the long fermentation time, making their wine less sweet that comparably wines. My wine indeed!
You find many nice sites in Porto. Of course the river Douro is featuring the city with different bridges, this probably being the nicest.
Many touring boats, barges for wine transport and the average speed boat you can find on this river. Also we saw many many fish swimming in the river.
You can find nice lively market places and historic squares to stroll about. Very nice indeed.
Also, like in most cities, you find narrow streets and in Porto a very nice park on difference levels in the city.
I really like Porto. Also Marina Douro is very welcoming to her guests and most friendly to us. For a change, I have good working internet all the way in the boat! Not many marina’s make that true.
We will sail Thursday again to hop in three or four day trips to Lisbon. You can see in the pictures, the weather is great. Lucky for my, not really fond of warm weather, the nights are really refreshing.