Our final couple of days in Porto were spent visiting the famous wine caves in the Gaia district of the city. We took a guided tour of probably the most famous of the cellars – Sandemans. It was easy to be impressed with all the barrels and the historical background of both the wines themselves and the unique brand icon, The Don. We also managed to sneak a cheeky tasting (or two!) – well it would be rude not too, wouldn’t it?
We were keen to catch one of the old-fashioned trams for a city tour ending up at the Atlantic coast. The trams still have their original wood panelling, leather bench seats and they rattle and shake their way to the seaside town of Foz do Douro – a former fisherman’s quarter but now the city’s most upmarket suburb.
Arriving in Foz, we strolled along the seafront to see the ferocious Atlantic waves crash ashore. This is the perfect place to watch the sun set from one of many beach-level cafés.
Later we walked across the Dom Luis bridge and caught the funicular railway to the São Bento railway station where we caught the train to the very modern Estadio do Drago (Dragon stadium), home to FC Porto who were playing a football match at home this evening. OH boy – are their fans good at waving HUGE flags!!