I fell in love when I found my first street art by Hazul and my love affair with Porto developed as I walked along it’s river’s banks and strode through the old town. The path along the river goes for many kilometres and provides some great views of the many bridges. When I got to the O2 hostel, the guy at the front desk gave me a map and pointed out every place to go. It seemed that there would be enough to do for many days. As with most cities in Europe there was many Museums and ‘must sees’ which I wasn’t really interested in, but there was also a vibrant university area, alternative artsy area and a seemingly happy population of people from all over the world.
The first day I explored the city and didn’t go in anywhere, instead opting for climbing up and down the hills around town and getting my bearings. The streets are constantly traversing, making it very confusing to go anywhere without looking at the map. There was a few times when I was heading in the opposite direction to where I thought I was. The second day I got a little more specific, really hoping to see some more of Hazul’s street art, having found one piece the day before I became hooked on finding his beautiful creations. This brought me to the alternative area where there was cool shops and cafe’s everywhere. I then followed a road West, finding an amazing piece of art as well as eventually getting to the Jardim de Boavista. I was pretty exhausted by then so walked all the way back home.
I was very confused with the parks in Porto, having arrived at big fences seemingly with no entry or private property twice. I gave up on my third day after arriving at a park, attempting to get in and being told that visitors had to go further south. I walked down and couldn’t find the entry anywhere. I gave up, found a place that was blocked off and had a very peaceful picnic lunch with a great view of the river. The walk East from here was amazing along the river. I kept walking for about two hours and then the path stopped so I turned around and walked back, after having a nice morning tea by the river.