Plane, trains, boats, funicular
Porto airport finally ! A confusing purchase of the local travel card (user error) and a quick bag drop at the hotel then out into the streets.
The first stop was the fabulously tiled Sao Bento Station to book tickets to Valença.It has impressive beautiful azulejos tiles all about Portuguese history.
Next through the winding streets we found the Torre dos Clerigos and climbed the 196 steps to the top to see panoramas of Porto- impressive but not for the faint hearted.
The Photographic Museum was free and it looks like it could do with a decent exhibition in this wonderful space.
On route to the Gaia area (port tasting to follow😀), the Jewish Quarter (photo of Jewish knocker), was atmospheric but has seen better times, but still has a certain charm and is a photographic delight.
The Sandeman tour was worth the money, a tour of the atmospheric cellars producing hundreds of thousands of litres of Port, informative talk about the various types and the highlight, the tasting. We tasted the White Port and a Tawny Port, both of which were fabulous.
We decided to purchase mini selection to evaluate the various types of Port, this of course is a purely a scientific/camino experiment. We will update you on our findings.