Visit the seaside village of Nazare on the way to Porto. Dinner of local foods, followed by a cruise on the Douro River.
19.07.2016 - 19.07.2016 25 °C
Hotel - Sheraton Hotel Porto, Porto Room 1102
Today we were given a little sleep in and don't have to be on the bus until 9.30 am. Everyone was very happy about that! Most people from the French River cruise have recovered from their coughs and colds, though a few hacking coughs remain. A couple of us newbies have a minor cold. Mine has just about gone but Curvetta is still not feeling too flash.
We drove to the seaside resort of Nazare. It is quite a large town but very nice down by the ocean. Apparently some of the biggest waves for surfers have been recorded here, but there was no evidence of that today. It was calm and lovely. We had an hour and a half in Nazare so we found the vehicular and took a ride to the top of the hill. There are homes, a few shops and cafes up here and the view is absolutely stunning.
Also, the locals have set up a few stalls in the square in front of the church and some of them are in their local dress.
The earliest settlements in Nazare were in Pederneira and Sitio, above the beach. They provided the inhabitants with refuge against raids by the Vikings, the French, English and Dutch pirates, that lasted until the beginning of the 19th century.
There is also a church in the square. It is the Church of Nossa Senhora da Nazare. The weather is warm and pleasant. There is even a coolish breeze blowing.
We came back down the hill and quickly looked for somewhere to have a quick early lunch snack before getting back on thd bus for the trip to Porto. I had a green salad and Phil had a shrimp omelette. Our restaurant was called Lota.
Back on the bus for the couple of hours drive to Porto. We checked in at about 4pm and quickly changed as we were meeting the local guide at 5pm for our city tour. This was conducted on the bus, but we got off in the main square for a photo stop.
A bride having a photo shoot on our hotel's staircase.
We thought we were caught up in a demonstration, but it was just teams of high school hockey players, marching happily through the streets.
We walked down to the port and boarded a boat for a short cruise on the Douro River - the seven bridge cruise. it was very pleasant cruising the river in the late afternoon and sipping a sherry.
We went ashore for dinner in a local restaurant. We were quite squashed in and the noise was incredible. However, there was a buffet dessert table and that was chaotic when everyone tried to get up to serve themselves. But it was a nice evening.