All posts filed under: sights

Steel Donkey Bike Tours of Barcelona

My second day in Barcelona started with an awesome morning bike tour of the city. I was immediately drawn to Steel Donkey Bike Tours because they are not your typical city bike tour. They are quiet unique bike tours that let you discover a different side of Barcelona, the one you don’t find in the guide books. Every tour differs from the next one, so you never know what sort of surprise is waiting for you. Another great part of this tour is that the group is always small and intimate which makes for a much better tour altogether. Edu, our tour guide explaining Barcelona’s neighborhoods The beautiful Santa Maria del Mar Church This corner head indicates that this used to be a brothel The streets used to be labelled this way indicating which way the traffic went This amazing little gem of a shop has been roasting nuts the old fashioned way since 1851 We actually got to sample some roasted nuts, and let me tell you they definitely taste pretty special and nothing …

A Beach Day in Matosinhos, Portugal

I’m adding a video from my beach day in Matosinhos bellow as well as more photos from the day. The name of the Castle by the sea in the photo is Castelo do Queijo which translates to Cheese Castle 🙂 It got the name from the giant rock the castle was built on that resembled a giant piece of cheese. It is also known as Forte de São Francisco Xavier. It was designed by Miguel l’Ecole and completed in 1661. Due to the weather conditions, there weren’t many people at the beach in this particular area at the time. A Spanish couple was right behind me, and the gentleman asked me to take his photo at the beach by these interesting rocks, while his wife waited up for him on the road with an umbrella. As I approached the Castle, it got a little busier. There were some tourists there, a guided tour, a young group of people at the beach, as well as a few couples exploring the rocks and the beach area bellow. The weather conditions weren’t ideal for the …

Beautiful Braga Photo Post

Braga is a beautiful little city and it’s Portugal’s third largest city after Lisbon and Porto. You can get to Braga from Porto’s Sao Bento train station. The journey is about an hour and 20 minutes. If you are visiting Porto, and you have a week in the city, then I definitely recommend a day trip to Braga. Just like Porto in Photos, I will do Beautiful Braga photo posts with 10 photos on Braga as well. Hope you enjoy these 🙂 I travelled to Braga without a map as well and you can do the same. Once you get out of the train station, just walk straight up a few streets and turn right and the road will lead you to the city center. Also look out for street signs that display city attractions. There are large city maps in areas as well. You will have Wi-Fi at the city square area. Whatever you do, do not get on a bus. This is a city that should be explored completely by foot.

Porto in Photos

I found Porto extremely charming and beautiful, and I took tons of photos of the city. I decided to do little Porto in Photos segments to show the city to you. I will usually do a photo post consisting of about 10 or 15 photos with a short description on the photos. I travelled to Porto without a city guide, and if you read a little on the city, you won’t need one either. I didn’t even take a map with me. You will get a free map at the airport which is pretty nice. My Airbnb host had 2 more maps for me at the apt as well. Porto is a great city to explore on foot, so for your stay I suggest something in the city center, that way you are close to all the sights. If you have any questions for me, please leave them in the Comments section bellow and I will answer them for you 🙂 The name of this road is Av. Dom Alfonso Henriques. Igreja de Santo António dos …

Piazza Venezia, Roman Forum & the Colosseum

I loved this area so much because everything is in one place so you can really see a lot very quickly. We used a bus to get to Piazza Venezia and started from there, walked along the Roman Forum and finally walked over to the Colosseum. You can see all these sights during one afternoon, but I suggest you spend an entire day exploring this area. Start your day with a breakfast, and then head over here with the metro or a bus and enjoy some sightseeing, take some photos, have lunch nearby and explore some more. We did not have time to explore the surrounding areas here because of our tight schedule.

São Bento: The Most Beautiful Train Station in the World

While researching articles on Porto online, I came across the Sao Bento Railway Station quiet a few times. This train station is by far the most beautiful train station I have ever visited. It’s not a surprise that Sao Bento is always included in the World’s Most Beautiful Train Station lists. Everything about this place is incredible, and I have to say that it most definitely should be on your list when visiting Porto. It will surprise you, trust me! Even before you step inside this train station, the surrounding beauty on the main street is absolutely gorgeous. You have the beautiful Igreja de Santo António dos Congregados church to your right, amazing city architecture straight ahead of you and the majestic Se Cathedral of Porto to your left. But this is how Porto is, there is beauty in every direction. The beauty of this railway station carries out beyond the stunning azulejos tiles, which by the way the entire city is beautifully embellished with. Once you stroll through the large entry doors toward the trains, you will see glimpses of the …