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A few more pictures taken around Porto city centre , along the way to Matosinhos, to Póvoa de Varzim on the metro. Click the box to go the album.

Best value sightseeing trip in Porto is the number 500 bus, from Praca da Liberdade to Matosinhos market. For just €1,95 cash or using your tourist or Andante 24 pass, you can enjoy a 35 minute ride along the river and to the beach area at Matosinhos. And it is a double decker bus, so there are great views. It’s a normal city bus but tourists have obviously latched onto it.

At Matosinhos you can enjoy the huge beach on a sunny day, maybe watch the ships entering and leaving the docks and in summer there might be cruise ship at the flash looking terminal.

If you are there for lunch or dinner, there are any number of places to eat along the Rua Hérois de França, which is the road more or less from the docks and market area into town. There you will see cooks preparing and grilling fish in outdoor kitchens.

For a different way back into the city, you can take a metro tram from the Matosinhos Market or Matosinhos Sul stops. The metro is above ground almost all the way.

If you do that, you will pass through the Senhora da Hora station. In its time it was an important junction on the narrow gauge network of lines that served Porto’s northern suburbs and places further afield. Opened in 1875, it operated until 2002 when some lines were replaced by the modern metro. Steam trains were running as recently as 1968. I found some old pictures which are included in the album.

Off to Póvoa de Varzim, at the far end of the metro (have to get my money’s worth from the 3 day pass!) where I chanced upon a little food fair and an urban farm. At the food fair a small team was grinding flour on a mini windmill, an elderly woman was making the dough (rather expertly it seemed to me) and a younger chap was baking Pão de Chouriço – basically sausage in bread. As well as other stuff. And very nice they were too.

Visit to Porto area, third part

Tagged: , , , on March 28, 2018 by cubsur51

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Visit to Porto area, part two

In Portugal on March 27, 2018 by cubsur51 Tagged: , , ,

These pictures were taken over the course of Tuesday 20th March 2018. It was a windy day, quite cold but mercifully dry. I must learn to take not so many pictures!

I began in the Aliados, Praça da Liberdade area, up to São Bento railway station (cannot resist the interior) a quick poke around some back streets then a tram across the river to Jardim dos Morros in Vila Nova de Gaia. The best views of Porto and the river generally are from the bridge and the ‘other’ side of the river.

I also wanted to try out the fairly recently built cable car that runs down from Jardim dos Morros to the tourist boats and port wine lodges by the river. Strictly for tourists as it does start operation until 10.00am, the one way ticket is a slightly alarming €6, but at a fairly quiet time I had a car to myself so was able to take pictures from all angles. The trip is fairly slow, about 5 minutes from top to bottom.

I then walked for about 4 miles (6km) along the river bank through Vila Nova de Gaia, into the town of São Pedro de Afurada and right out to the mouth of the Douro river to the Atlantic Ocean. There are beaches there, but not inviting on a cold and windy March day!

I took a bus back, which after wending its way around various suburbs, crossed the tall Ponte Arrabida to the Boavista area. Then an easy metro ride back to where I was staying.

For a short visit to Porto, I recommend the Andante Tour ticket. I had the three day version for €15. It’s valid on all the metro lines even right out into the countryside, almost all the buses of all operators in and around the city, but NOT on the old trams and the elevator.

Part 3, more pictures from Porto, to follow within the next couple of days.

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Visit to Porto March 2018

In Portugal on March 20, 2018 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

A while back I decided I would need a change from the same old faces down the pub every week, so booked a short trip to Porto. €66 return on the train, first class, booked in advance and now with my old person discount!

It has been bright and sunny, but also windy and cold. I walked for about 2 hours right out to the mouth of the Douro and the sea, so plenty more to come.

I took 108 pictures today, so a lot to sort through but here are just three to begin with.

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This was spotted near the Jardim do Morro in Vila Nova de Gaia, across the bridge from Porto. I can only assume the owner has a ladder as I did not see any other way to get up there!

Near there is the upper end of the Teleférico de Gaia, a recent addition to the skyline. The cable car is not a means of general transport as it runs only tourist hours from 1000am and it’s expensive at €6, but you get some superb views up and down the river as well as down onto the warehouses below. (Most of the port houses are in fact in Gaia, not Porto.)

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And here are the lion and eagle of Boavista brooding on top of their pillar.

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I will add a link here to the photo album once ready. Will be a day or two as I am going to revisit Aveiro tomorrow, a nice place I have not visited for ten years.

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Porto trip update

In Portugal on April 20, 2016 by cubsur51 Tagged:

I have found some interesting information about the abandoned railway line I found  running by the river in Porto during my trip earlier this year.

Updated the item at https://cubsur51.wordpress.com/2016/03/13/porto-trip-part-2/

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Porto Trip part 2 Updated 21st April 2016

I have found the detail of the abandoned railway line featured in some of my pictures. Known as the ‘Ramal da Alfandega’ this freight only line was opened in 1888 to provide a railway connection between the main line at Campanhã station, to the east of the city centre and what was then the major dock area of the city.

The line ran through three tunnels, the longest of which was 1.3km long, right under the city centre. Presumably it is still there! There must be a steep incline in there somewhere, as in the space of about 1.5km it descends from where you can see it down to river level.

This 1967 photo clearly shows the line and two of the tunnel entrances above the river to the left.  One tunnel is almost under the bridge, the other is almost in the centre of the picture.  Full size image is at https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e4/Porto-Le_Douro-1967_07_28.jpg
Note the almost complete absence of traffic along the road below!

The ‘Alfandega’ was situated here – this is an extract from a map dated 1929.

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Porto the old Alfandega

A present day map of the same area.

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Porto new Alfandega

The line gradually declined in importance with the expansion of the docks at Leixões. It eventually closed in 1989. Its history is the subject of a short article in the Portuguese language Wikipedia at https://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramal_da_Alf%C3%A2ndega

Porto trip part 2

On a better day for weather than the earlier part of my trip, I first took the metro to the Estadio do Dragão, home of FC Porto one of Portugal’s big three teams.

The stadium, with seats for 50,035 fans, was rebuilt for the Euro 2004 championships hosted by Portugal. I was unable to go inside but there are several places from where good views can be obtained.

I then walked a little way around the area, which took me to the edge of the railway carriage depot at Contumil then it was back yo Campanhã station.

After that, I took a walk around the Campanhã area and quite by chance found an abandoned railway line cut high into the riverbank. That allowed me some very good views of the Douro river and the various bridges. It’s a long and steep way down to the river and equally long and steep back up again! That’s why the funicular railway was built.

The ancient city of Porto commands the heights above the river and was of great strategic importance from pre-Roman times until the end of the 19th Century.

Porto is a very hilly city, sensible footwear advised!

For the second set of pictures click below

Porto trip part 2

Tagged: , , on March 13, 2016 by cubsur51

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I had a problem getting the second set of pictures off the memory card. All done now, uploaded to the ‘cloud’ and will be ready for you to see on Sunday.

Porto visit part 2

Tagged: on March 12, 2016 by cubsur51

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Trip to Porto March 2016

Part 1 – a very wet Wednesday in Porto. This is Portugal’s second city. Sometimes a rainy day is better to see a city. My day took in some parts of the city centre then a trip out to the coast and docks at Matosinhos and Leixões.

The city centre is quite run down in parts with many old commercial buildings boarded up and awaiting demolition. Even some in use are pretty shabby – this is the main public entrance to one of Porto’s important long distance bus stations!

But there are some good things to see like the Dom Luis 1 bridge

Garagem Atlantico Porto

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Part 2 follows.

Trip to Porto March 2016 – part 1

Tagged: , , on March 6, 2016 by cubsur51

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