garden of camellias 

\In the Neighbourhood

  • Jump in the fresh waters of the Atlantic ocean, just two-minutes walk! If you feel like surfing, there are nearby beaches (Matosinhos beach for started and for the advanced surfers Praia da Luz).

  • Flavour delicious Portuguese food in the nearby restaurants

  • Go to Serralves for an exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art or just enjoy superb Park with its lake, farm, gardens and woodlands

  • ​Enjoy the sunset from a beach open doorcafé

​In the City

  • Take a vintage tramcar or ride a bike along the scenic Douro river and visit the old city centre - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ribeira is just at the heart of it, a picturesque set of buildings of original outline, well lit and standing out from the banks of the Douro river.

  • Whether you like or not books, feel the atmosphere of Livraria Lello - a 19th century architectural gem that has been  considered one of the most beautiful bookshops in the world 

  • Have a coffee at the Majestic Café, an Art Nouveau gem that was once the city's meeting point for intellectuals and bomemians

  • Attend a concert at the Casa da Música, a concert hall space and an architectural icon in Porto conceived by Rem Koolhaas  

  • Go on a guided tour of a Port Wine Cellar  and taste a Port Wine 


  • Take a trip along the Douro River by cruise or by train (or take a and visit the Douro Valley

  • Visit the lovely middle-age Ponte de Lima, the oldest town in Portugal

  • ​Visit Guimarães and its historic centre - a Unesco's World Heritage Site since 2001​



São João's Festival - JUNE 23RD

If you are looking for an authentic experience of Porto, you cannot miss this Festival! This is a very popular street celebration for Porto's much loved patron that takes place every year on the evening of the 23rd of June. 

The neighborhoods in the city's historical centre and  all along the waterfront (from Ribeira toFoz) are crowded with more than 200.000 locals, street parties, colorful decorations, stalls  and live popular music, the smell of grilled sardines and, especially, a lot of amusement!  The typical menu for dinner is a Portuguese cabbage soup and "broa" (cornbread) and a barbeque with sardines, green peppers and potatoes. 

The festivities culminate at midnight with a stunning firework display over the Rio Douro with myriad of rockets  exploding in the sky in a blaze of color and their reflection in the river​​ but the celebrations are far from ending, For some revelers, it only stops on sunrise...

port wine

The main product named after our city, celebrated worldwide since the 17th century. Produced from the best grapes of Douro Valley (one of the first demarcated wine region in the world) and aged in the endless cellars of V.N. Gaia, is the most famous wine in the world.  One needs to taste it in its origins...

events IN PORTO:


Serralves em festa 

This is the largest festival of contemporary artistic expression in Portugal and one of the largest in Europe. It is a free entrance cultural event celebrated each year during the last weekend of May in the charming atmosphere of Serralves.

The gates open to the public at 8 am on Saturday and remain open for a 40 hour nonstop party! Visitors watch and take part in all sorts of activities during the day and night. It covers a wide spectrum of the contemporary arts and family oriented activities including exhibitions, performances, music concerts, dance, theater, circus shows and fairs. Its first edition took place in 2004. Serralves is one of Porto’s most famous visitors’ landmarks and home to a Contemporary Art Museum that was designed by Pritzker.winning architect Siza Vieira, and xx acres of magnificent gardens and parks. The Museum is the most visited museum in Portugal and one of most relevant in the contemporary art circuit in Europe.

primavera sound

This music festival takes place every year in the charming venue of Parque da Cidade one week after the Barcelona edition, which is in late May or early June. It is noted for its eclectic lineup, focus on independent music and as a showcase for newly established international and domestic acts. The range of musical genres include alternative, indie, electronic, pop, hip hop, dance, folk, jazz, metal, and experimental music. 

This event was introduced in Porto in 2012 by the promoters of the Barcelona edition.