Our last day in Porto


Before leaving our Airbnb, I suggested to my husband that we visit this church I’d seen on Instagram known for its stunning azulejos. Luckily, it was close to where we were staying. The Capela das Almas, an 18th-century chapel on Rua Santa Catarina, boasts a striking blue façade adorned with over fifteen thousand meticulously crafted tiles. Sadly, we weren’t able to see the interior due to a crowded mass.

We concluded our trip with a delightful brunch featuring octopus—a fitting farewell to this enchanting city.

But then, our Airbnb host kindly messaged us and accommodated our request for a late check-out. So we put back our luggage to the Bnb which was convenient for us since our flight wasn’t until the late afternoon.

With this extra time, we strolled through the charming nearby streets, focusing our exploration on the picturesque doors of Rua Alexandre Herculano.

Limiting our adventure to this street proved to be a wise choice, allowing us to soak in the beauty without straying too far from our accommodation. Seeing these doors along the way gave us the last but lasting beautiful impression of Porto.

Russian Orthodox Church with its pretty round stained glass window.

What a joy to see these simple but colourful Public Art at the Calçada das Carquejeiras.

In one of the corners is the “Estátua da Carquejeira” monument, sculpted by José Lamas, pays tribute to Porto’s resilient “Carquejeiras” – women who carried heavy bundles of carqueja (weighing around 50kg) to support themselves and their children.

And now for our last view of Porto while standing on the edge of the wall.

Photos from 29 October 2023

As our Porto trip comes to a close, we fondly reminisce about the vibrant azulejos, the delectable Portuguese cuisine, the warmth of the locals, and the captivating art that enriched our experience. Until we meet again, Porto!

30 Comments Add yours

  1. restlessjo says:

    You can find art and beauty everywhere, Teresa. Thanks so much for sharing it with me. Looking forward to your next travels.

    1. Teresa says:


  2. bushboy says:

    A fabulous last day Teresa

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks a lot Brian ❤️

    2. margaret21 says:

      This has been a wonderful journey. Thanks for sharing it with us.

      1. Teresa says:

        I am so late with the posts of my travels. I am struggling a bit haha

  3. scooj says:

    A wonderful series of posts. Porto really is a wonderful city. I hope to return sometime.

    1. Teresa says:

      I hope to go back too one day… if my knee permits.

  4. Dan Antion says:

    Thanks for sharing the wonderful photos, Teresa. I love that featured photo. The sidelights look like angel wings. I also enjoyed the street art. I’m glad you had a nice trip.

    1. Teresa says:

      I did enjoy the trip and Porto really has some amazing charm. Yes, I see what you’re saying, it does look like angel’s wings. Thanks Dan.

  5. Walking Away says:

    What a great trip it must have been

    1. Teresa says:

      Yes it truly was

  6. dennyho says:

    Teresa, I’ve enjoyed touring Porto with you over the past weeks. What a special trip it was!

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks you Denny. Yes it was special indeed.

  7. Beautiful photographs.

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks so much. Greatly appreciated.

  8. Natalie says:

    Beautiful azulejos at the church and “Estátua da Carquejeira” monument. I know what you mean by what a joy to see simple and colourful street art. I greatly enjoyed my visit to Porto last spring, too. Thank you for your PPAC contribution.

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks Natalie. I am enjoying your travel photos as well.

  9. We never made it to Porto on our short stay in Portugal but are hoping to do a river cruise and take it in on our next adventure. Beautiful photos, I always enjoy looking at other people’s travel photographs. #weekendcoffeeshare

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks Sue. Hope you can make it to Porto one day, it is worth it.

  10. Amazing photos. I love the azulejo’s colors and patterns on the wall. Thank you for the image and information of the “Carquejeiras”

    1. Teresa says:

      Glad you liked them Suzette. The azulejos are the main reason why I wanted to go to Portugal.

      1. Thank you for the beautiful shares, Teresa.

  11. WOW, that building is amazing. You captured some fun doors too.

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks so much Kirstin. That is why I insisted on going to that church to see it with my own eyes.

  12. Julie says:

    What a beautiful blue building!!

    1. Teresa says:

      Definitely one to visit when going to Porto. Thanks.

  13. Dawn Minott says:

    Great post Teresa. The blue on the church facade is strikingly beautiful. Thanks for sharing

    1. Teresa says:

      It is an amazing blue. I so love that Church.

      1. Dawn Minott says:

        It really is beautiful 🤩

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