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Stories and Tips Porto

A Night of Excitement, Frivolity and Madness

Written by Praskipark on 22 Jan, 2010

The Festival of Saint John is celebrated throughout Portugal in the last week of June. Every town, city and village will celebrate this feast day but Porto is the city that really knows how to put on a show. Porto explodes into a riot of…Read More


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Oporto bridges.

Written by Rucas on 13 Dec, 2000

The development of a city cannot happen without transportation and the River Douro was an obstacle that was only surpassed with the technical progress of the XIX Century. After the Ponte (bridge) das Barcas (1806) and the Ponte Pênsil (1842), in 1877 was built the…Read More


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Architecture as Art

Written by Eve Carr on 25 Jun, 2001

Porto offers a feast for anyone who appreciates architecture. Medieval, Baroque, and Neo-Classical styles—they're all here. One of the first things you notice is Porto’s sixh six bridges that span the Douro. The Maria Pia, built in 1876 and now used for trains, was…Read More


Some words about history.

Written by Rucas on 13 Dec, 2000

In the area where the river ran through, existed a village called Cale (V Century). Later it is referred to as Portus Cale and Portucale, the origin of the country's name. Oporto was captured by the Moors in 716 and retaken in 1092. The centuries…Read More


Fado is Famous

Written by Eve Carr on 25 Jun, 2001

If you’re into music and are visiting Portugal, you must look for clubs that feature fado folk music. This soulful melancholy music expresses what they call "saudade," a haunting, poignant feeling of passion for a lost love or other personal longings. This is strong, powerful,…Read More


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Sip a Glass of Port, Portugal''s Pride

Written by Eve Carr on 25 Jun, 2001

Port was born out of necessity says Alistair Robertson, Chairman of the Port wine firm of Taylor Fladgate & Yeatman. It came into existence when spirits were added to wine to keep it from spoiling during shipping. In the 17th century when Great Britain was…Read More


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Go Local With Vinho Verde

Written by Eve Carr on 25 Jun, 2001

At many of Portugal’s larger restaurants, you can a wide variety of imported wines. But, to truly capture the flavor of the country you are in,I think that it's important to try the local wines. (Besides, in most cases, local wines are not readily…Read More


Jaclyn

Written by Jaclyn on 05 Jan, 2004

We went half-board, which proved quite expensive over the Christmas period, but the food was fantastic, and we tried all the local food on offer. There was only one night of the 7 we stayed when I could honestly say I didn't fancy anything on…Read More


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