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June 2014

An evening in Porto spent at the Ribeira

June 12th, 2014|

Porto is a coastal city in northwest Portugal known for its stately bridges and port wine production. In the medieval Ribeira (riverside) district, you will be amazed by the narrow cobbled streets, the merchants’ houses and cafes. This was one of my shortest stays in a city. Since I was in Aveiro I had to stay the night before my flight back to Cyprus in Porto in order to catch the plane the day after. We got the train from Aveiro to Porto and got off at Porto Campanha metro station. I have to mention that during the trip from Aveiro to Porto you can enjoy amazing views, especially when you are approaching Porto. From the Campanha station we got the metro to Casa da Musica to go to the hotel and drop our suitcases. We stayed in Avenue da Boavista, at the Quality Inn Portus Cale hotel which was [...]

Aveiro the Portuguese Venice

June 8th, 2014|

Aveiro is a city on the west coast of Portugal set along a lagoon called Ria de Aveiro. The coastal lagoon is rich in bird life and that's were Aveiro got its name from ,the Latin aviarium (place of birds). It's distinguished by its canals navigated by colorful boats (barcos moliceiros), reminding Venice. The boats were traditionally used to harvest seaweed. I've been to Portugal a few years ago (in Lisbon) and was considering at some point in the future to visit Porto but then a good chance comes up to travel to Aveiro for a business meeting.  I’ve heard of Aveiro before but never thought of going there. Travelling to Aveiro from Cyprus was quite exhausting since we had to take 3 flights (Larnaca - Athens, Athens - Barcelona, Barcelona - Porto) and then a train from Porto to Aveiro. The city Part of the city is bathed through canals, bridges [...]