The roadtrip described below is perfect for a short but busy visit to Ireland, perfect for a four day long weekend, such as Easter holidays.
Day Zero: Arrive to Dublin and drive to Killashee Hotel
We arrived to Dublin from London late at night via a British Airways flight. As we had already explored Dublin on past trips we decided to skip it and get a head start on driving by stopping at Co. Kildare which is around 45 min away.
The Bletchley is a spy themed bar in London inspired on Bletchley Park: the estate that functioned as the central site for British code breakers during WWII, such as Alan Turing. As such it involves secret missions, and de-coding encrypted messages even using an enigma machine!
Porto was the last city I visited in my 8 day trip to Portugal. The city has a unique feel and although it’s just 300 km away from Lisbon, they are completely different! Lisbon is immediately charming as many of its neighborhoods are fully refurbished, it’s full of light and lively colors. Porto is a bit more grey and misty, which makes it more mysterious and intriguing, with colorful houses and oh-so-many tiles. To me it’s like the city is still painted with the past, wherever you go. Even the hotel where I stayed in Porto, which I describe below, had so many stories to tell!
There is a lot to do in Porto, in this post I’ll walk you through all the things to do and how to get around.
Best Things to do in Porto
Start with a free walking tour
As soon as you get to Porto, take a free walking tour to get a grasp of what the city has to offer, some history and insider tips from the tour guides that live there. It will help organise how you’ll spend the rest of your time in the city, and you can ask all the questions you want.
Aveiro is one of the cities I visited between Lisbon and Porto in my 8 day trip around Portugal. Aveiro is a very beautiful city with enough things to do for a full day. I stayed in Aveiro for one day and two nights but one day and one night would have worked as well. You can also visit it as a day trip from Porto. See all things to do, where to stay and how to get to and around Aveiro in this post.
The best things to do in Aveiro
Visit the cute striped sea side houses at Costa Nova
Ok, I’ll admit that this was the reason I visited Aveiro. And it was Instagram heaven as I expected. These striped houses by the beach make the freshest photos ever. An important thing to note is that Costa Nova is not in Aveiro but getting to it is very easy either by car or local bus.