Wed 28 Oct - Porto R&R Day 3
Weather forecast was for... Yep, you guessed it. Not even more rain could hold me back. I was going seaside today.
When I went down for breakfast this morning at 7.30am, the weather was fair. When I came back after breakfast at 8am, you guessed it again, rain was coming down good.
Soon enough though it stopped and I was on my way. It was too far to walk to the beaches so metro / tram was the way to go.
I walked down the hill to Bolháo station.
Note the colour and letter system used by Metro do Porto. Same system as used in NYC and many other cities.
Porto metro map below, not including the old street cars from yesterday's blog.
My trip was on the blue A line from Bolháo to Matosinhos Sul. Some 15 stops. 3.80€ return.
The metro station of Bolháo was fresh, looked new, well lit and modern. No graffiti at all from what I could see.
Some, like this first and main beach Praya de Matosinhos was swim and surf friendly. Others not so much.
After getting off the tram, I arrived at the northern end of Praya de Matosinhos and walked south. Soon it was not just sand.
This house below caught my attention. It was in a prime position right opposite the beach and much larger than its neighbors. Renovated correctly and it could be a showpiece.
Perhaps too expensive or too much red tape to get renovations off the ground.
Lots of washed up rubbish at the southern most point where I walked, some 5+km from the northern tip of Praya de Matosinhos.
I was curious myself to see how far I had walked as I was planning to walk back along the shore the same way.
So I switched on Runkeeper to find out. 5+km one way confirmed.
I am not sure what the pilot below was doing on "dry" land. Decommissioned and moved there I suppose.
Yes, that thought crossed my mind too. A colour that don't makes blood stand out after accidents...
This cafe had a few customers though.
Senhoras access the left and Homens access the right.
And the seashell on the sign as well.
Matosinhos Sul for a lunch feed but time was a bit early at 12.30pm so I returned back to town on the metro.
And promptly popped into the eateries at Mercado do Bolháo as the market was literally next to the Bolháo metro stop.
I decided to try the competition next door today with a grilled tuna steak. Atum as tuna is called in Portuguese.
My accompanying glass of vino Tinto made me a bit drowsy so I went back to the hotel for a nap.
At 3.30pm during a spell of no rain, I decided to take a local wander down towards Rio Duoro.
This is how it looks down Rua do Santa Catarina outside my hotel towards the shopping district and the river.
There is a stretch of Rua do Santa Catarina, just where the street turns into a pedestrian mall, where all the bulls*it artists seem to congregate:
- I could see at least 3 hustlers trying to flog watches, original copies perhaps, and umbrellas and who knows what else.
- There was a blind(?) guy playing accordion
- There are "the boys" just sitting there yapping and looking doped and asking for money
- And the more crude beggars who just shove a hand in your face and grunt something indecipherable
I bet there were some pickpockets there as well. What a circus.
I also had a giggle when I saw what some retailers do to attract attention. Dummies dressed up but all 4 with dog faces.