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.
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.
The park features a bird refuge with kingfishers, cormorants, grey herons, white herons, squacco herons, common sandpipers, ruddy turnstones, grey plovers and red knots, lots of deer, otters and lots of other animals in a forest setting.
Amenities are few - you have to wee behind a tree and bring all the food and drink you might need, because you are often in the middle of nowhere.