Holidays in Porto

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Holidays in Porto

Porto follows the same public holidays as Lisbon, and in general as every city and district in Portugal. Many of these holidays coincide with religious festivities throughout the year.

On every holiday in Porto, banks, offices and government departments are closed for the day. Small shops and businesses often close their doors as well, but malls, supermarkets, and other bigger shops remain open but with early closing times. As for public transportation, expect reduced bus routes, a decrease in number of taxis, and earlier closing time for trams and the Metro. To be sure, always get in touch with your local host and they will let you know the best routes and tips to enjoy the holidays in Porto.

Things to do during the holidays in Porto

Tiles Tour: authentic Portuguese details

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€15.00 p.p.

Porto/Gaia Bike Tour

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€35.00 p.p.

National Holidays in Lisbon

  • January- Porto locals spend New Year’s Eve with their families by having a sumptuous dinner of traditional Portuguese food like cod, octopus, caldo verde and various desserts. Others flock to bars and restaurants to bid the old year goodbye and welcome the coming year. On New Year’s Day, expect establishments to be closed.
  • March/April- Holy Week is a big event, with religious processions happening here and there. The Easter weekend is religiously observed so very few shops are open and transportation is minimal.
  • April- The 25th of April is a highly celebrated event with parades and fireworks displays, as locals commemorate the uprising of the Portuguese from a political regime that controlled them for almost 50 years.
  • May- The first of May marks May Day or Labor Day, a day of rest. Since it is a celebration of workers, most establishments are closed in observation of this holiday. Some locals go out in the streets and hold rallies and protestations about different political issues.
  • June- Every year, on June 10, the Portuguese commemorate the death of Luís de Camões, Portugal’s national literary figure. Locals celebrate Dia de Portugal or Portuguese National Day with their families and friends, reflecting about their history over food, wine and music.
  • August- Like the rest of Portugal, Porto celebrates Assumption Day every August 15 with processions, street festivals, parades and lots of food and wine. The celebration ends with fireworks displays in the evening. Most establishments are closed during this day, to give way to employees who want to take part in the festivities.
  • November- The first day of November is when locals celebrate All Souls day or Dia de Finados. Families flock to cemeteries to spend the day and night with their dearly departed, laying flowers on their graves. Some local cemeteries hold masses and processions.
  • December- Another one of the most important Portuguese holidays is the Feast of the Immaculate Concepcion or Imaculada Conceição every 8th of the month. In this holiday, locals celebrate their belief in the pureness of Mary the Mother of God through Masses and processions throughout the day, which is why shops, museums and offices are also closed. On December 24, everybody in Portugal celebrates Christmas Eve or Véspera de Natal by attending the midnight mass and then partaking of a big feast featuring traditional dishes. December 25 is Christmas Day, a day for visiting friends and family since most shops are closed this day. Like the rest of the world, Portugal spends New Year’s Eve or Noite de Ano Novo with a bang through fireworks and other noise making methods like banging pots and pans.

This is what guests are saying about our hosts

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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!