Despite being a university city and the second largest in the country, Porto does not seem to have a very vibrant night or perhaps we did not know how to find it. As one of the main reasons for our visit to Porto was to eat well and stick to some good wine bingeing, we did not give up and explore the city.
A notice to smokers, the anti-smoking law was passed in early 2008 and nowhere can you smoke as it happens in many countries of the European Union such as Italy, France, Germany and Ireland.
- The port of Vilanova de Gaia
In the neighboring town of Porto, just on the south bank of the Duero we find a whole series of terraces in the style of a seaport. The funny thing is that the terraces, instead of having views of the river and Porto, are locked facing the wine cellars of Porto. Maybe it's some marketing tactic for tourists.
Prices sting a little more than in other areas, although anyway, a 10-year porto glass will not exceed five euros. A plate of cod with its wine and coffee comes out for about 15 euros. Ideal to accompany with a visit to one of the many porto wine cellars that are located on this shore of Duero.
- La Ribeira
Going down the steep slopes that reach the Duero through Porto we find a few bars and restaurants. This is the Ribeira and it is one of the best possibilities to go out at night and have a couple of drinks. There is a whole series of bars with music and meals at a good price (francesinhas, roasted sausages and snacks) and restaurants of a higher level than for 20 euros you are satisfied.
Due to the anti-tobacco law, many bars maintain the terraces despite the cold and some have even set up plastic tents for their smoking customers.
- The university area