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Lo conocí en Oporto (Ribeira & GAIA)

En esta vuelta les voy a contar de una ciudad que a mí me dejó loco, de tanta personalidad que tiene, y es Oporto (Portugal).

Cuando llegué, es irónico que algo que no me gusta como se ve en mi país sea algo que me haya gustado tanto de esta ciudad y es que en sus edificios viejos frente al río, cuando vas caminando ves todos los edificios con la ropa tendida afuera secándose, que irónico que en mi país está prohibido en los edificios de clase media alta para arriba y aquí me haya gustado tanto, ese contraste de una vista hermosa ligada con el colorido de toda la ropa tendida en edificios más humildes.

¡Oporto! La segunda ciudad más grande de Portugal y una de las más bonitas de Europa. Es la ciudad que proporcionó el nombre a la nación y a un vino famoso en todo el mundo, del cual pueden saber que me los tomé todos, es el vino de Oporto. Es la capital del norte de Portugal y una ciudad patrimonio de la humanidad que posee un centro histórico con más de 150 monumentos clasificados.

Este reconocimiento por parte de la Unesco es indudablemente un tributo a la riqueza de más de dos mil años de historia. Desde los restos de las ciudades de los visigodos y los celtas, fortalezas, carreteras y puentes romanos hasta iglesias románicas y góticas y catedrales construidas durante la edad media, siglos de patrimonio construido por el hombre es encontrado en Oporto y a su alrededor.

En Oporto encontrarás una bienvenida tradicional y un entorno conservador, pero al mismo tiempo una ciudad contemporánea y artística. Esto se puede apreciar en las calles, la arquitectura, los monumentos, mercados y museos, en las animadas terrazas, restaurantes y áreas de ocio de la impresionante costa. En el paseo del Río Duoro, en estas de verdad les puedo decir que me pasé horas alimentando palomas, tomando sangría, vino y escuchando música en vivo, en plena acera. Lo que se siente al vivir eso, es algo que por mas que se los cuente, no hay palabras. ¡Ojalá que al leer mis escritos te transportes junto conmigo en esta experiencia!

Una sorpresa que me llevé es que la ciudad es bien económica, yo tenía de referencia los precios de hoteles de otras ciudades europeas y americanas, y señores, les puedo decir que cuando llegué al hotel me esperaba un pent house con doble vista, una al río y otra a la calle. Después me fui a otro hotel, ya que la ciudad me gustó tanto, que extendí el viaje dos noches más y donde por la mitad de precio era el equivalente a un hotel 4 estrellas en otro país, aquí por 60 euros te puedes quedar en un buen hotel céntrico.

En la parte derecha del Río Duoro, se puede apreciar la belleza de esta ciudad en un tour por el margen del río de Oporto. Empezando por la Plaza de Boavista con el nuevo impresionante edificio modernista de la Casa da Música, el Castelo do Queijo, que pasa por los jardines de la Av. de Montevideu hasta las playas de Foz y terminando en la Praça da Ribeira, donde podrás sentarte en alguno de sus bares/restaurantes a tomar una buena copita de vino Oporto. El centro de la ciudad fue declarado patrimonio de la humanidad por la Unesco, yo me fui caminando por todo el puente (un trayecto largo, por cierto) para cruzar al otro lado y hacer la experiencia de visitar los viñedos para hacer el recorrido y tomar vino, escuchar música, bailes en vivo y comer mucho queso y jamón, dato importante para gente como yo (hehehe!), puedes tomar caminando por la calle, así tendrás un poquito mas de gozo.

Del otro lado del Puente Don Luis I se encuentra Vila Nova de Gaia donde encontrarás las bodegas más antiguas y famosas de vino de Oporto, Ferreira es la bodega más antigua de Oporto y puedes entrar a catar los diferentes tipos de vino Oporto en una terraza donde normalmente tienen cantos de Fado (música típica Portuguesa) y un menú de tapas.

En la zona de Gaia también tienes el teleférico que lo tomas justo en el Rio Duero del lado de Gaia y este te lleva al tope del Puente Don Luis I en la iglesia de los Clérigos.

Y sin duda alguna, luego de haber terminado este tour por la zona de Riviera y Gaia, nada mejor que sentarse en el rooftop del Dick’s Bar en The Yeatman Hotel y disfrutar de una excelente música, la mejor vista de Oporto y el Río Duero durante el atardecer. Les recomiendo que hagan como yo, pueden planear su fin de año en Portugal, yo me pasé el 31 de diciembre en el parque central con conciertos de música, miles de personas disfrutando, bailando y cantando, y luego de eso puedes ir a cualquiera de los bares que están cerca y, como yo, pasas la vergüenza de ponerte a cantar en Portugués frente de mucha gente que no conoces.

En fin como siempre digo “La vida es más que eso y como quiera dicen”.

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