Festivals in Porto

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Festivals in Porto


If it’s festivals you want, then it’s festivals you get in Porto! Although largely known as the economic capital of the country, Porto does not pale in comparison to other cities like Lisbon, Coimbra or Braga when it comes to how people celebrate and throw a party. As a matter of fact, Porto even plays host to some of the most important annual events in the country.

Porto has festivities all year round, so you are sure to experience merry-making the Porto way. Still, it pays to know when the most festivities are happening so you can somehow plan your visit around the dates of the festivals you choose to witness. Porto festivals are a window to seeing the city’s true colors, so there is no better way of celebrating them than with locals who can give you not just the history behind the celebrations, but also a rich experience and a grand time that will forever be committed to your memory.

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Top Festivals in Porto

  • Experience how Porto welcomes the New Year by spending it with a local and his family. Watch fireworks displays on New Year’s Eve in the streets as you do the midnight toast and 12 raisins to bring in luck. Or you can head for bars and clubs to party the old year away.
  • Enjoy King’s cake from various delicatessens and bakeries on King’s Day, which is celebrated on the 6th of January and marks the end of the Christmas festivities.
  • View screenings of the latest local and international films, attend seminars and go on private viewings of movies at the Rivoli Teatro Municipal during Fantasporto or the Porto Film Festival, an annual festival held every February.
  • The Hot Air Balloon Race is another festival you shouldn’t miss. Held toward the end of March, this competition is participated by teams from different parts of the world.
  • Answer your soul’s longing for art with Serralves em Festa, the largest contemporary art festival in Europe. Held during the last week of May, this festival features 40 hours of nonstop entertainment that includes visual arts, theater, film exhibitions, music and dance performances.
  • Travel some 50 kilometers eastward of Porto and witness Festa de Sao Goncalo, a religious celebration with peculiar fertility and love rituals held during the first weekend of June.
  • On June 23, locals and tourists alike flock to the city centre to pay homage to Saint John the Baptist through different attractions like street dancing, street concerts and pagan courtship rituals. Locals also celebrate Festa de São João do Porto through overflowing wine and traditional food like sardines, codfish, meat and caldo verde.
  • Assumption Day, held on August 15, is yet another religious celebration marked by street partying. Locals attend costumed events and parades that take place in the morning and ends with a big firework display late in the evening.
  • Of course a Catholic country’s festivities would not be complete without Christmas, which locals spend by attending the Mass and partake in the Christmas Eve supper of turkey, octopus, cod, potatoes, collard greens and loads of pastries and other sweets.

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Francesca Joao
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Cool Street Art Tour in Porto

Really interesting tour! Joao has a real passion for street art, and has also transmitted it to us! I recommend this tour to anyone who wants to know Porto from a different perspective!

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The Essentials of Porto Tour: Must Sees & Highlights

We met Nuno at the Lion Fountain about an hour after we landed in Porto after 24 hours of travel from Canada and we had the best introduction to Porto and Portugal we could have asked for. Nuno is very well versed in the history and architecture of the city, we learned so much while at the same time were kept interested and engaged the whole time. Along the way he pointed out great places to grab a beer and enjoy some live music, places to enjoy traditional meals and tapas, and introduced us to some traditional pastries. He also lead us down streets and pointed out statues and buildings we wouldn’t have given a second glance. I would highly recommend Nuno on any tour, his love for the city is contagious and it kickstarted our trip on a high note. He is also full of answers to any questions you may have and was willing to stop and take a 10 minute coffee break or add/remove certain stops depending on your needs. Thank you Nuno for such an amazing tour! You gave us so much knowledge we could have never gained from any book or website. We had so much fun!

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Aoife Joao
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Cool Street Art Tour in Porto

João is incredibly knowledgable about the street art scene in Porto and you can tell it’s a passion of his. I spent a very enjoyable Sunday morning excited loving the city with him with my two friends and I’d highly recommend it. Porto streets ate full of amazing art pieces that are far too easy to miss without a guide ... Joãos tour is a must do in Porto