McCann Travels: 3 Days in Portugal - with Kellene Young, Manager Internal Communications
For a friend’s birthday, we met up in Portugal to drink wine. I contributed nothing other than being a steady wine-glass-clinking-friend who said yes to whatever she had on the itinerary* that day. We spent two days in Porto, and a day in Lisbon.
*Note: This might be the worst travel blog post ever due to the fact that I had no idea where I was 95% of the time. All names and places were Googled for accuracy.
Drink Port wine in Porto. You can either fly directly into Porto or take a beautiful three-hour train right from Lisbon. Then drive some more into the mountainous country side of Douro Valley where Port wine originated. Do a wine tour at any one of these wineries. We went to two of those, I have no idea which ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Eat codfish. You cannot go wrong with any restaurant in Porto or Lisbon. Every place has 4.5 stars and thousands of reviews on Yelp. Wherever you end up, order the salted codfish, which has a deep history to Portugal and has been perfected in every culinary sense.
Drink more wine. All of the servers are well-versed in their wine collection. So if you ask for a “slightly dry and not oaky white,” they serve up exactly that. And for about €15, don’t stop at one.
Go to a castle at night. One of the coolest, unplanned, unexpectedly perfect thing we did on our last day in Lisbon was meander uphill to Castle of São Jorge at night. With very little tourists, this is the best view of Lisbon at sun set, and explore the dimly lit grounds. And if you follow any of these suggestions, please know you won’t be alone if you pop open a bottle of wine, or Port, as you look out over the Rio Tejo.