Porto - Where we stayed

Hey pals! First things first as I've not popped over here yet and its the 8th, Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas break. It's a funny time of year with so many mixtures of emotions I hope that if it was fraught at times you can be gentle with yourselves :)

Aannyway we just came back from our first trip abroad in over a year, which isn't out of the ordinary I know (especially when you factor in moving house) but it reminded me how much I love exploring different parts of the world.

I've had a fair few requests over on Instagram to share the Airbnb we stayed at as a lot of you are now planning trips to Porto which is so great to hear! So I wanted that post to be the first thing I did over here. I'll share what we did and where we ate etc in a separate post (or two!).

We stayed at Porto Apartment 5 which you can see here. We use Airbnb pretty much solely every time we travel and whilst this post is in no way affiliated with them I should point out if you've never used the site you can get sign up here. This way you get money off your first trip (I also receive £15 if you take a trip).

On Airbnb now you can filter properties by being 'family friendly' as well as filtering it by booking an entire place, number of bedrooms, amenities etc. It's important to us of course that a place is suitable for kids but I love that you can still pick really stylish places like this one. The location was in the sort of hipster-ish area rather than the more touristy spots by the river which I'd definitely recommend. Three doors down was a vintage shop and vegan donut place and a few shops up was a vegan burrito place and burger/record store!

During our stay (over the New Year) there were two other guests staying at different times over the week in the apartment above but we barely heard them. The courtyard outside (on the floor of this apartment) is a shared courtyard but we never saw any of the guests use it.

We often end up splitting each child with a parent during the night so that they don't feel worried when they wake at night. The only concern we had before we booked this place was that one of the mezzanine levels was onto the living room. We basically tackled this by putting the kids to bed together in the room near the front of the apartment then moving one to the bed upstairs (mine and Wilf's) when we went to sleep. I don't know if that will sound weird to some people but I wanted to explain sleeping arrangements in case the mezzanine level might make others wonder the same.

All in all we loved staying here! I'm not sure if this will be also be the case but we realised that when we booked out a full week we also received a discount of around 30% which felt like we were getting a few days free! We've only ever spent a few days at places before so it's something I'm going to keep in mind for the future incase other places similar deals!

More Porto post coming up! 

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