September 14, 2014

Hotel Mercure Porto Centro

The Hotel Mercure Porto Centro is a four star hotel located in Praça da Batalha in the old centre of Porto.

Hotel Mercure Porto Centro

Close to Porto's Cathedral, Sao Bento Station, the Igreja de Santo Ildefonso and the Rede Expressos Bus Station, the Hotel Mercure Porto Centro offers modern amenities in a vibrant urban locale.

The breakfasts are recommended, the Wifi excellent and the rooms spacious. We particularly liked the port-hole style windows with excellent views over the city.

Parking is available along with a restaurant and stylish bar.

Hotel Mercure Porto Centro

Hotel Mercure Porto Centro
Praça da Batalha, 116, Se
4049-028 Porto

September 9, 2014

Igreja dos Congregados

The Igreja dos Congregados (Igreja de Santo Antonio dos Congregados) stands just to the north of Sao Bento Station in Praça de Almeida Garrett in the old city area of Porto.

Igreja dos Congregados, Porto, Portugal

Igreja dos Congregados was built in 1703 on the site of a previous chapel. Restoration work on the church was done in the 19th century and the classic blue and white azulejos tiles by Jorge Colaço were added in the 20th century and depict scenes from the life of Saint Anthony.

Igreja dos Congregados, Porto, Portugal

Close to the church is an equestrian statue of Dom Pedro IV.

Igreja dos Congregados
Rua Sa da Bandeira, 11
Porto 4000-433
Tel: 022 200 2948

September 5, 2014

Hotel Avenida Viseu

The Hotel Avenida in Viseu is a delight for fans of old-style elegance. Centrally-located just off the main Rossio square adjacent to the Camera Municipal, the Hotel Avenida has charming rooms and some lovely lounge spaces to relax and read.

Hotel Avenida Viseu Portugal

The harlequin-tiled bathrooms are a lovely touch for a hotel which also incorporates WiFi connection in all its rooms and an adequate continental breakfast.

Hotel Avenida Viseu

The Hotel Avenida is close to many of Viseu's attractions including the Museu Almeida Moreira, the Parque Aquilino Ribeiro and the bus station, with buses to Guarda and Porto.

Hotel Avenida Viseu

There's a supermarket almost next door and some attractive bars on Rua Miguel Bombarda.

Hotel Avenida
Av. Alberto Sampaio, Nº 1, 3510-030

Hotel Avenida Viseu, Portugal

September 4, 2014

Castelo do Queijo

The Castelo do Queijo (Cheese Castle) is a noted landmark in Foz do Douro, an upmarket suburb on the Atlantic Ocean, west of Porto.

Castelo do Queijo, Foz do Douro, Porto

The fortress is so-called as the rocks it was built on supposedly resemble cheese. The castle was designed by Miguel l'Ecole and completed in 1661.

Inside is a museum (admission charge) dedicated to Portugal's commandos.

Castelo do Queijo Museum, Porto

A number of buses run out to the roundabout infront of the castle, Praça Gonçalves Zarco, including numbers #500 and #502.

Castelo do Queijo, Foz do Douro