Porto. The irresistible beauty of disorder.
Homes tinted in colors from an artist’s palette compete with one another on long, uneven hills. Narrow streets bend every which way into curves that head right and left. An absolute void of green areas exists to rest your weary bones. Surely, architects who design residential areas in large cities rarely rely on Porto for inspiration, which perhaps is why you should seriously consider going there.
I’m addressing the subject of Porto because I recently spent some time there. It seemed like such a city in decay that I was reminded of Havana: tons of abandoned houses, unfinished construction sites, a reign of disorder in its streets … This state of decay rather than being a defect is a testament to the importance of what was, a metropolitan jewel in the crown of a great empire. The passage of time evokes the charm of a city which ambition built. It’s like one of those wines that get better every year. I, for one, am attracted to the irresistible beauty of disorder.
No doubt, Porto is worth checking out. Take 3 or 4 days to do so.
A few experiences that I enjoyed and which you may as well:
Places to sleep: