Portugal Summer Vacation | September 2019


August ended with a week long vacation in Portugal and it was the most scenic place we've explored in a while. After a 6 hour red eye flight from JFK we landed in Lisbon and took a 3 hour Uber ride to Porto, Portugal. The moment we approached Porto, I rolled the windows down to let the fresh river breeze brush my face. Porto has the prettiest narrow streets aligned with lime stone pavers and buildings covered with etched colorful tiles. Suprisingly, everyone spoke English which made it easier to navigate. We strolled the streets for a few hours and were able to figure out how to get around on foot. The gondola lift ride above the river is a must along with an evening sitting by the water to people watch. Let's not forget watching an authentic Fado performance to let the true sounds of Portugal sink in. Ubers are the easiest and most affordable way to get around the cities in Portugal.


Where we stayed: Porto A.S. 129

Porto A.S. 129 is a historic, quaint hotel in the center of Porto. Our room was on the top floor and filled with bright light and many windows. Upon arrival we were greeted with a glass of Port and a Pastel De Nata (the famous Portuguese custard desert). The room was equipped with a complimentary bottle of Port and a fridge stocked with more goodies and chocolate. A full daily breakfast was also included and was very important in starting our day right. The best part of this hotel's location is that it is a few steps from the main rail station and key local restaurants.