Where you ate your best meal. What did you have? Why was it your favourite?
Michelle: The food at the Douro Palace Hotel Resort and Spa was excellent. The chef offered us a taster of blood sausage balls and crisp bread made from rice topped with sour cream, herbs and smoked salmon. I had goats cheese wrapped sesame seeds for starter and for main course I chose pork lion with drunk pear, spinach puree and potato. Dessert was chocolate fondant with vanilla ice cream and I washed it all down with some nice red wine from Quinta da Pacheca.
Dave: ‘Clerigos’ restaurant in Porto. The restaurant was split into two separate areas, one side serving tapas and the other side with table service and an a la carte menu. I had Beef Wellington, obviously not very Portuguese but it was delicious!
For a more ‘homely’ and traditional Portuguese meal, I would highly recommend the Quinta da Veiga. Here, I enjoyed veal and potatoes.
General feel of the area…
Michelle: Loved it! Porto is great city with lots on offer. The combination of sightseeing tours, historic sites, great view points, wine tasting (and the wine of course) and excellent shopping opportunities means that there is something for everyone. I would be happy to chose Porto as a city break with my friends but, it is also the perfect start/end to a longer touring holiday.
The Douro Valley is beautiful – I had expected this but I was blown away by the scenery. I think it’s best to have a car but if you do not want to drive then it is possible to take the train from Porto to Pinhao, Porto to Aregos and Porto to Regua.
Dave: Northern Portugal is a lovely area to visit and it is impossible to travel far before wanting to stop and take a picture.