The Harry Potter book series is the best-selling of all time. I know many people travel specifically to Harry Potter related spots in the United Kingdom, like the Warner Bros Studio Tour just north of London or the Harry Potter train in Scotland. You can even see the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I didn’t even realize until I checked into the Grande Hotel Porto that there is a Harry Potter connection to Porto, Portugal. Diogo, who works at the front desk, told me that JK Rowling actually was living in here teaching English when she starting writing the books and recommended that we check out some of the Harry Potter Porto points of interest. Even if it is debatable about how much Porto influenced the Harry Potter books, it is interesting to visit the sites.
Harry Potter Porto Site #1: Majestic Cafe
The Majestic Café, where it is rumored that JK Rowling wrote the first Harry Potter book, is less than a block from our hotel. The Grande Hotel Porto is the second oldest hotel in Porto and has a proud history. This is apparent as soon as you step through the door. The lobby area feels very elegant with beautiful period furniture and this continues throughout the hotel. The dining area is beautiful and our room was very comfortable and nicely decorated with classic pieces. The service at the hotel really stood out, everyone was so nice and helpful. (more…)