Opened in June 2009, Sea Life is situated in a prominent and highly visible location, at the bottom of Avenida da Boavista, next to the Parque da Cidade.
In the morning, from 9am, you will see a handful of people with laptops,taking advantage of the free wifi, then the busy lunchtime crowd and, later on, coffee drinkers until the evening crowd turns into the nightlife crowd.
The new electronic tolls do not require you to take a ticket or stop at a payment booth. Each time you drive under a gantry, you are charged the appropriate fee listed on the sign just before it.
Here’s a quick run-down of what you should do, in pretty much the right order. At all times, take every possible document with you that identifies who you are, where you live etc.
As you sit and chat with friends, you can let your eyes wander over old radio sets, telephone switchboards, Monopoly games, glasses, bottles, model boats and so much more.
Because Óbidos is a tourist town, and you are effectively a captive audience, don’t expect food and drink to be as cheap as it famously can be in Portugal.
The park is a tranquil and well used development running from the beach up into the town where Matosinhos meets Porto proper.
Emma’s 10-day tour of Portugal was in central Portugal, but it included Braga, “because it´s worth the exception”.
The Porto connection to port wine came about during the 1700s because Porto was the port where the fortified wine was shipped from.
“I always keep the sugar. I’ve lived here two years and never bought a bag of sugar because I always pick it up in the coffee shops.”
Braga is a good place to start in Portugal because its history seems to date back before history was properly recorded.
When I showed a picture of a Francesinha to friends on Facebook, one described it as “a heart attack on a plate”. That may well be what it is, but Porto has been enjoying the Francesinha since at least the 1960s, and possibly as far back as the 19th Century.
A visit to Serralves is a must for any visitor to Porto. Take a walk around the gardens and enjoy the ponds, and have a quiet coffee and cake in one of the cafés.
Now an architectural jewel in Porto, the café attracts a lot of tourists who come to drink a “meia de leite” and try a “tosta mista” in the decorous surroundings.
The building stands on the site of Porto’s former central tram garage on the Rotunda da Boavista, and Casa da Música opened its doors to the public on April 15th , 2005.