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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Melanie Nuno
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​Complete Oporto Experience in only 5 hours

Nuno's deep knowledge of the tiles of Porto is remarkable, and his eagerness to share these insights with you is such an asset for your trip!
Trained as an architect, with a love of food and his home town, Nuno will walk you through Porto, teaching you to "read" the tiles and all they tell you about the city's history of conquest, characters, and style.
It is a priceless 5 hours!
Without it, you are really missing the true Porto.
You can walk and admire and photograph the tiles, but without Nuno's interpretation, you'll love 90%.

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Jeff Anselmo
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Porto/Gaia Bike Tour

This was a great way to get out and around Porto. After a long flight and train ride to to get to Porto, it was nice to stretch you legs. I slept great that night as well. Anselmo takes you on safe routes, with out missing much detail of the city. The great surprise was being able to see both sides on the Douro River. He has the knowledge of being raised locally and a passion of biking. It was great sharing a beer, and recieving information about how and where to visit after the tour. We took the tour on a Thursday and were able to squeeze in a trip to Bacelos in the afternoon for the weekly market. Anselmo, explored our best options to do this trip in advance. Thanks again Anselmo. Cheers

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Linda Luis
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Passionate Porto Food Tour

Luis gave our group of 4 a great tour of Porto! We went on this tour on our first day in town and he gave us a great introduction to the city and favorite foods. As he said, this isn't a guidebook tour of the places the books tell you to go. More like visiting your friend's hometown and having them show you around. He took us to varied places and locations and helped refine our itinerary to get the most out of our stay. Excellent suggestions, especially loved 7Grams Roasters. Fabulous coffee! Luis is fun and entertaining and very easy to talk to. He was very great about email communication both before and after our tour! Would love to do another tour with him and will not hesitate to recommend him. Thanks, Luis!