Our first stop before we started our Camino was Porto. We flew from London Stansted on a quick two hour flight to Porto. We stayed in the North end of the city which wasn't the best for exploring the main centre but we were happy with our simple room at Moov Hotel Porto Norte. We were only staying for one night so we didn't need much more than a couple beds and bathroom. We quickly dropped our bags off before taking the tram into the city centre to explore and get a late lunch.
The historical city centre was beautiful with winding streets and lots of hills. We definitely practiced our walking before we actually started the Camino by exploring Porto. It was a beautiful city and I wish we could have spent more time there. We were pretty hungry as soon as landed so food was the first thing on our to do list. It was difficult to find the restaurant we were looking for but that was ok because we found all these secret spots and such amazing architecture. The weather was perfect to explore and we really couldn't have asked for more.
Finally after some walking, searching and asking for directions we came upon A Sandeira do Porto known for the best sandwiches in Porto. The restaurant was tiny and luckily we were there at 3pm so it wasn't too busy when we arrived. We sat down at a two person table, extremely close to our neighbours but we didn't mind. We perused the menu and decided on two different sandwiches. My mum had one with goat cheese, honey and walnuts. I chose the one with olive tapenade, feta, tomatoes and basil. They came out open faced and beautifully put together. We quickly dug in and enjoyed every last bite. The bread was perfectly soft and crunchy and it did the trick before we continued our exploring for the afternoon.
Next stop was the Porto Cathedral to get our first stamp of our trip. If you have never done the Camino you might not know that you need a sort of Passport to prove that you have done the kilometres to receive your credential. We ordered ours from a Canadian Company of Pilgrims. However, you can pick yours up from the Cathedral in the city you begin your Camino in, for example the Porto Cathedral. We finally came upon the Cathedral and it was beautiful and busy with pilgrims all around. It finally started to feel like it was actually happening. We got our first stamp and we were ready to go! The rest of the afternoon we walked around the streets of Porto exploring before heading back to our hotel early for our early start the next morning!
We started our journey the next morning, stay tuned for every day of our amazing Camino!