On the other side
We couldn’t have wished for a better day for our last in Porto, which was perfect for hopping on the Metro and crossing to Gaia, on the other side of the Douro river.
A little road-side café near the Aliados metro stop got things off to a great start (for anyone going to Porto, it’s Café Capitólio on Praça Gen. Humberto Delgado, which served up the best coffee we had since we got here). Getting the D line to Jardim do Morro is an adventure in itself, as it uses the upper level of the Luis I bridge to cross the river Douro and stops right beside the entrance to the cable-car that goes down to the river-front on the Gaia side of the city. There are magnificent views from the terrace bar/restaurant which we thoroughly enjoyed before getting on the cable car.
We did the tourist thing and took the 50-minute 5-bridges river cruise, getting off on the north bank at Ribeira Square on the way back. The whole afternoon was the best time we’ve had in Porto.
We finished our last Porto day with a return visit to the restaurant in the same building as our apartment.