Food and Traditions in Porto and Surroundings – Day 4: Pouring wine and treats

Today you will visit the famous Boljan Market with its fresh fruits, vegetables and fish and the opportunity to taste freshly prepared Portuguese cuisine. At the Wine Museum you will be taught to know how to make wine, enjoy the famous Mercado Bom Sucesso, admire the beauty of azulejo ceramic tiles at the railway station.
Food and Traditions in Porto and Surroundings
Travel distance by car: 253 km.Travel distance on foot: 4 km.Visiting: Viseu, Porto

Trip duration: 5 days

Alexey Lukin

Mercado do Bolhão

Markets


After breakfast at the hotel, go to Porto, by car or by transfer from the hotel. It is impossible to study the peculiarities of the Porto culture without going to the Beaulian market. This is an ancient food market, the building of which is built in the neoclassical style and has the status of a public interest. It is located very close to the main attractions of the city (Freedom Square and Cathedral). In the daily bustle of the locals, it is a place where they buy household goods, seasonal fruits, vegetables and fish. For the city's visitors, it is an important cultural element of Porto, where you can wander between the rows, watching the lives of traders and buyers. In addition, there are unique restaurants where you can find seafood at lower prices than anywhere else in this tourist area of the city. If you're looking for traditional alcoholic beverages, you're offered to taste them first and then buy them. The market is open every day from 7 a.m., but closed on Sundays, and on Saturday it closes before weekdays, at 13.00.

Museu do Vinho do Porto

Museums


Learn more about winemaking and the production of Porto's most famous wine at this museum. Soak up the atmosphere of ancient Porto, as the museum itself is located in an 18th century warehouse on the banks of the Douro River. The museum is open every day except Monday, and on Sunday with a short break, but it is better to book a tour of the museum in advance.

PT Experience - Mercado Bom Sucesso

Tapas Restaurants


From the outside, it may seem like a modern shopping mall, but it's worth going inside - and everything is in place at once. This is a traditional market building, which has been reshaped and renovated for a modern food court with Portuguese dishes and snacks. Here you can have a full lunch or taste a variety of wines and snacks. The market was built in 1940, and after the restoration it is similar to the Porto Gastronomy Museum. This place operates in a mode more like a modern restaurant than a quiet city market: from 10.00 to 23.00, and on Friday and Saturday to 00.00. Despite all the advantages, the market has one more thing: you can eat a lot of food here at low prices.

Estação Ferroviária de Porto-São Bento

Train Stations


Don't miss this active railway station, which is also one of the world's most beautiful and handmade railway stations. The building itself was built back in 1900 on the site of the Benedictine nuns' monastery, the ghost of one of which, according to legend, still lives in the building of the station. If you listen, you can hear her muffled prayers. Of course, pay attention not only to the beauty of the azulejo covering the walls of the station, but also to the scenes depicted on these tiles. It shows the greatest battles in the history of the country.