Porto’s historic and architecturally impressive buildings

Porto’s historic and architecturally impressive buildings

When it comes to notable buildings, the city of Porto’s reputation in that regard is well deserved. The city, situated at the mouth of the Douro River, has achieved UNESCO World Heritage Site status mainly due to its historic and beautiful buildings. Historic buildings Many consider the most impressive building in the city to be the cathedral. Dating from the 13th century, it features decorative carvings, paintings and other religious artifacts that draw interested visitors from all over the world. The unique marble chapel is also a big attraction and the sheer size and...
Make the First Day of Your Holiday as Special as Possible

Make the First Day of Your Holiday as Special as Possible

We all look forward to our summer holidays so much that it sometimes seems that when they finally arrive they fly past in a blur. One of the biggest problems in this respect is that the first day of the trip is often lost due to jet lag. Thankfully, there are some simple tips which will help you make the most of this first day on foreign soil. Rest Before the Flight A lot of tourists think that it makes sense to arrive at the airport feeling tired, as this will help them sleep on the way to their destination. In fact, it can be extremely difficult to sleep on a flight....
Traditional Faro: An insight

Traditional Faro: An insight

Think of the Algarve. If this sentence has conjured images of luxury hotels, turquoise swimming pools and golf courses, then we’ve got a treat for you. For this cultured area of Portugal has become a tourist hotspot over the past decade, helped largely by the huge number of cheap flights on sale such as those provided by Monarch Airlines. While this is obviously great in terms of accessibility, some believe that Portugal’s culture and history is being obscured by connotations of long sandy beaches and Nandos. We’d like to reassure culture vultures that...
Gap Year Travel: Student Bank Accounts

Gap Year Travel: Student Bank Accounts

So you’ve decided that you’d like to take a year out from studying to see the world and one of the very first questions you have is whether it’s best to save with student bank accounts. Student bank accounts are fantastic for, well, students. They have interest-free overdrafts and come with plenty of student discounts too. I used my student account to save money up for my travels in conjunction with a high interest account. Once I reached £1000 in my student account I’d transfer it over to the high interest account and begin saving again. Having a large...
Your Summer Guide to Porto

Your Summer Guide to Porto

Wondering where you should take your summer vacation this year? Portugal’s second largest city, Porto, offers tourists the opportunity to enjoy a laidback vacation visiting the city’s famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites, wine cellars, and riverside attractions. Use this guide to help you start planning your summer vacation to Porto: Image via: christian_parreira. River and Seaside Attractions Porto borders the Duoro River, and there’s no better season to enjoy the city’s riverside attractions than the summertime. Enjoy a stroll along the promenade, or head to the Crystal...
A Porto Summer; Off The Beaten Track

A Porto Summer; Off The Beaten Track

What for you is the best part of a summer holiday? Lying on the beach soaking up the rays, swimming in crystal clear oceans, or discovering a brand new place? Travelling, or at least going on holiday, is something that the vast majority of us do and have in common; but that’s where it ends. In reality travelling is a very subjective thing; you can go to the same place as someone and have a completely different experience depending on what you see, who you meet and what you want out of it. So, really what does holidaying mean for you? If it’s about discovering a new place,...
Getting from Lisbon to Porto

Getting from Lisbon to Porto

Lisbon and Porto are the two largest cities in Portugal and arguably the two most popular tourist destinations in the country. If you’re currently planning a holiday in Portugal, then it’s likely that you’re considering these two cities as part of your trip. We’re here to make your planning stages of your holiday as stress-free as possible, so this post is dedicated to describing all the different ways of getting from Lisbon to Porto. Views of Lisbon. Photo thanks to Fr Antunes. Flying from Lisbon to Porto Flying is definitely the best way of...
Bogani Cafe (Coffee shop and bar)

Bogani Cafe (Coffee shop and bar)

Why choose Bogani Cafe over any other coffee shop in Gaia? Simple. Because it has the absolute best views of Porto, and the Dom Luis bridge! Located on the Douro River, there are, of course, plenty of cafe’s situated nearby but none of them have the spectacular views of chic Bogani — or the incredible coffee! We recommend choosing Bogani Cafe first thing in the morning for a strong latte to help wake you up, or for an evening aperitif as you sit on the wooden terrace and watch the magnificent sunset over the Douro. The comfortable and luxurious chairs of the...