About Porto

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On 24th of June each year, the city of Porto goes for a dramatic makeover to fun, frolic and festivities as thousands of people flock to the city to pay a tribute to Saint John the Baptist, in a party that mixes sacred and profane traditions. Though the festival is around six centuries old, it was only the 19th century which gave this day its present status as the most important festival of Porto. The celebrations start early in the evening of 23 June and continue until the morning of 24 June. The major draw of this festival include street … Continue reading

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When it comes to green spaces in Porto, the site which tops the list is the Crystal Palace Gardens which derives its name from a former structure made of glass and iron, the Crystal Palace, which was brought down in 1956 and replaced with a domed pavilion, the so-called Pavilhao Rosa Mota (often referred to as Pavilhao dos Desportos, meaning the Sports Pavilion). The pavilion now serves the purpose of entertainment, cultural and sports-related activities. This vast stadium has an imposing domed structure towering roughly 30 metres / 98 feet in height and capable of accommodating more than 4,500 spectators. … Continue reading

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Although the city of Porto is a busy industrial and commercial center, it has rich cultural heritage too. In fact, its historical center was awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO in 1996. One of the places worth visit in Porto is the museum of Serralves. Serralves Art Foundation was found to raise the general public’s awareness concerning contemporary art and the environment. The building of Serralves is considered to be one of the finest works of the Portuguese architect José Marques da Silva. It is an elegant Art Déco building with magnificent gardens surrounding it, one of which was designed … Continue reading

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In Porto, tourists find that the most prominent tourist attractions, noteworthy landmarks and important monuments are generally just a stone’s throw from each other. Perhaps the best area of Porto is the vibrant riverfront Ribeira where many of Porto’s leading attractions reside, offering a particularly good insight into the city’s history and past. The riverside promenade is well worth looking out for and is actually where the city’s traditional boats (barcos rabelos) once ferried port wine along the River Douro. Particular attractions in the Ribeira area of Porto include the renovated Caso do Infante, the Gothic church of Igreja de … Continue reading

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When it comes to green spots offering respite from the hustle and bustle of city life and offering relaxation with a stroll or recreation through the fun filled amusement activities, the city of Porto has no dearth of parks and gardens. Some of the choicest green attractions of Porto are: Crystal Palace Gardens This favourite tourist attraction gets its name from a former structure made of glass and iron, the Crystal Palace, which was brought down in 1956 and replaced with a domed pavilion, the so-called Pavilhao Rosa Mota. Standing next to this landmark, is the Crystal Palace Gardens which … Continue reading

In and around Porto

Districts

Cedofeita 1 Hotels

Centro / Baixa 3 Hotels

Massarelos 1 Hotels

Miragaia 1 Hotels

Paranhos 36 Hotels

Santo Ildefonso 2 Hotels

São Nicolau 1 Hotels