“I love second-hand booksellers in the street. I love the light here just after lunch.”
Between Porto and the Azores, via Aveiro
Find out some of Tim Hogg’s suggestions and favourite spots in Portugal.
Baixa do Porto
"It’s nothing special, but I like wandering around here on Saturday mornings. Buying or just enjoying the smells, like I often do at the Casa Chinesa.” This is an upmarket grocer’s established 70 years ago, where you can still find latest things from the East, Africa and Brazil.
Rua das Flores, Porto
“I love second-hand booksellers in the street. I love the light here just after lunch.” This is regarded as the most typical and beautiful of Porto’s streets, with buildings of various eras and wrought-iron balconies. It is also known as the Street of Gold, because of the many goldsmiths who set up shop here. These days the booksellers are the attraction.
Furnas, The Azores
“Watching and smelling the corncobs coming out of the ground cooked. Magic!” The cozido from Furnas is the iconic Azores dish, cooked slowly for five hours in the ground, using heat from the volcanic activity.
Coast between Porto and Aveiro
“I love the beaches, they’re quite basic but comfortable. Of course I go swimming.” In Aveiro, not to be missed: the low-sided moliceiro boats, the ovos moles and the beach at São Jacinto, next to the heath and São Jacinto Dunes Nature Reserve.