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5 Music Festivals in Porto

Music festivals are events that are held throughout the year, through various concepts that feature dozens of different musical styles. It is however in summer that the largest festivals of the country happen, and Porto, as the second largest city, houses some of these.

We believe that it is part of the mission of Yours GuestHouse & Bistro to announce the events that take place in the city of Porto in order to make our city as dynamic as possible. So we presente the list of the 5 biggest music festivals in Porto.

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Porto Wine Museum

Porto Wine Museum dedicates the history of Port Wine to a place. Know the importance of Wine in the historical development of the city.

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Serralves Foundation

Located in the city of Porto, the Serralves Foundation is a cultural institution constituted by a park, where a Villa, a Museum and a Library are located.

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The Six Bridges of Porto

Get to know the histories and curiosities of the six bridges of Porto that connect the cities of Porto to Gaia on the Douro River.

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Know more about Clérigos Tower

Learn more about the Clérigos Tower, the symbol of the city of Porto, considered by the generality as the “ex libris” of the Invicta city.

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Azulejo tiles Porto

If you have read our article about São Bento train station, you certainly have been amazed by the fantastic panels of tiles that covered it. They are called “Azulejos”, and they are a form of Spanish and Portuguese painted tin-glazed ceramic tilework.

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São Bento station

Discover Porto’s most beautiful and famous train station. Elected in 2011 by the renowned “Travel + Leisure” magazine as one of the most beautiful stations in the world, this place is one of the biggest references of the city of Porto, being a must to visit.

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Travel Tips for Porto

Check these useful travel tips to get the best experience If you are travelling to Porto any soon, you will find these travel tips useful to get the most of your journey. First of all, if you are looking for things to do in your stay, check our past blog posts about the subject, specially: 3 days in Porto. This is the downtown map of Porto, the principal hub of the city, where you can see where our Guest House is localized as well as other important places like police stations and hospital. First of all, the emergency numbers are: European emergency phone number: 112 Principal Police Station of downtown: (+00351) 22 209 2000 Principal Fire Department of downtown: (+00351) 223 322787 Useful general travel tips:   Weather: Portugal has a mediterrean weather, so in Porto summer is pretty hot and Winter is rainy. Presently, spring is around the corner so the temperatures are already rising. Enjoy the country with the most daylight in Europe! By the way, timezone is GMT 0, and in summer is GMT +1 Spoken language: The official language of Portugal is portuguese. Howewer, English is usually speaken by locals, specially young people; so feel free to make […]

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Surf at Porto

Talking about Surf, the YOURS GuestHouse, decided to suggest, for those who have interest, the best beaches of Porto and outskirts, to practice Surf at Porto! And the 10 best beaches to Surf at Porto are: Number 10 S.Pedro de Maceda Beach (Ovar) “S.Pedro de Maceda” has a nice pine forest that surrounds the whole beach. It has an extensive shore and a parking area, which allows you to choose the best spot! It’s a watched beach and it´s YOURS GuestHouse number 10 choice for Surf at Porto! Directions: (“CP Estação de São Bento, direction Aveiro”) Wave size: * * * * Floor: Sand Quality: * * * * Dificulty: Normal               Number 9 Cortegaça Beach Also surrounded by a pine forest and sand dunes, typical in this region, this beach has also an extensive shore, with good facilities and the support of a Campsite. The beach is known for the heavy swell. It´s YOURS GuestHouse number 9 choice for Surf at Porto! Directions: (“CP Estação de São Bento, direction Aveiro”) Wave size: * * * * * Floor: Sand Quality: * * * * Dificulty: Normal               […]

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Rua das Flores – Porto

With this name, “Rua das Flores” had to have a story related with the flora of Porto. The name,”Rua das Flores”, was given because of the flourishing  gardens full of flowers that used to exist where the street was open. Those gardens belong to the Porto Bishop, “D.Pedro Álvares da Costa”, who initially, because of his huge devotion to “Santa Catarina de Alexandria”, gave the name of “Santa Catarina das Flores” to the actual “Rua das Flores”. His importance was mostly because, it was the first time in the urban city history, that a street was built according to rules and under a precise regulation related with the kind of housing to build, forcing to a regularization of street margins, in order to allow the good visibility of the house fronts. “Rua das Flores” got a strong elitist character, at that time. Another reason for the extreme visibility of the street, was a crime, that the locals say happen there, committed by a Doctor, Urbino de Freitas, accused of killing his nephews with poisoned almonds, in order to inherit a valuable fortune. This sad history, for being so remarkable, originated a romance by António Rebordão Navarro. Despite that, nowadays, is still […]

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5 Best Markets near Porto

People who visit Portugal cannot leave without trying our amazing food, that’s only amazing because of our fresh and quality products. If you want to find out where you can buy and eat the freshest products near Porto, stay tuned because Beatriz Maia went to find them out for you. Take a look: Bolhão Market Even before Yours Porto existed, Amorim family already bought their products at Bolhão Market. And why? Because there you can find the freshest products and with the most diversity in the city. Is without any doubt one of the 5 Best Markets near Porto. Divided in 4 sections: fish, butcher, florist and fruits, the most iconic market in the city is the place where farmers and producers get together to sell their best and freshest products. Everyone who enters can’t unnoticed the characteristic sound of the sellers loudly screaming who has the best and freshest fish, trying to call the clients attention to their bench. Some say that’s the truth spirit of Porto. And why Bolhão, you ask: back in 1839, when the land was bought to create the future market, there was a huge air bubble forming at the local and so, the owners […]

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5 Best Coffee Shops in Porto

Since we’ve been having crazy weather in Porto, Beatriz Maia went looking for the 5 Best Coffee Shops in Porto so you can enjoy the good and the bad weather. Take a look: Yours Bistrô Yours Bistrô it’s a place full of tradition and culture and their goal is to make you feel like home. It’s recognized for its traditional Portuguese inspired cooking and it’s definitely one the 5 Best Coffee Shops in Porto. It’s the best place to enjoy a cozy and familiar environment, with a sunny and welcoming terrace. The best thing is that no matter what you eat at Yours Bistrô, you can be sure that is made with fresh products and from local farmers and producers. You can taste that homemade effected on the plate. You can also enjoy magic and poetry nights that Yours Bistrô provides from time to time. It’s located at the heart of the city, and offers you breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. Also a perfect place to go for a coffee on their amazing terrace, alongside the view above the historical part of the city. Perfect to relax with your friends and family. You can find Yours Bistrô at Rua dos […]

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Livraria Lello – The Bookshop

“Livraria Lello has housed men of arts and letters, has been the inspiration for acclaimed authors, a place for social gatherings, performances and a serene library for many of Invicta’s avid readers.” This is how Livraria Lello describes itself and we couldn’t agree more. Beatriz Maia went to the most beautiful bookstore in Porto and the world to tell you everything about it. Reed more to see how it was: Livraria Lello as we know it, opened in 1906 by the Lello brothers, men of the arts, letters and culture. Everyone who walks by Rua das Carmelitas can’t help but to be stunned by the façade of the bookshop. The façade has a neo-gothic style that is amazing by itself. The façade has a neo-gothic style that is amazing by itself. However, the façade has to share some of the attention with two amazing figures that symbolize both art and science. Recently restored, the responsible for the bookshop wanted to make sure that the façade turned out to be the closest as the 1906’s original. Walking in the Livraria Lello, we’re immediately overwhelmed by the famous staircase. This is a feeling that many can’t describe, is best for you to see […]

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5 Best Port Wine Cellars

When it comes to Port Wine, there’s no doubt that Porto is the city to visit. To make sure you visit the best of the bests, Beatriz Maia has selected the Top 5 Best Port Wine Cellars just for you, take a look: Graham’s Port Lodge Graham’s Port Lodge is considered to be one of the best Port Wine Cellars because of its location, its sights and its wines. Also, Graham’s is our partner in crime when it comes to providing the most amazing wines for our Yours Bistrô and Yours Store. So, it’s obvious that Graham’s is on our Top 5 Best Port Wine Cellars. Created in 1820, it was one of the first companies to invest on the plantation in Douro. Nowadays, it’s knowned by its innovative production techniques and its fantastic wines. On the other hand, Graham’s is also one of the few cellars to possess a restaurant called Vinum Restaurant & Wine Bar. During the tour you can enjoy recently renovated surfaces. However, since Graham’s is a production cellar, it’s normal to hear some hammer noises throughout the visit. Do to its location (top of the hill), Graham’s has the most magnificent views to the city […]

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Top 10 Churches in Porto

Churches in Porto – Today’s topic to start this Monday with a top suggestion when visiting Porto. Delight yourself with the beauty and history of Porto’s most beautiful churches. S. Francisco Located in Rua do Infante D. Henrique, 4050-297 Porto,  construction began in 1244, when it was originally designed as a modest temple of small dimensions.  However, it was in the reign of the King D. Fernando in the 15th century that the main building work continued as it remains today. In the centuries that followed, the church became the object of several artistic influences, the main one being the baroque period, during which time renovation work gave the temple its current status as a church lined with gold. This gold came from Brazil, a Portuguese colony at the time. Carmo and Carmelitas Located in Praça Carlos Alberto 32, 4050-157 Porto, The Carmo Church, with its baroque/rococo style, was built in the second half of the 18th century by the Order of Carmelites. The stone facade presents a rectangular entrance, flanked by two religious sculptures of the prophets Elias and Eliseu. The side elevation is covered in tiles, representing scenes allusive to the Carmelite Order. Its interior is characterized by its gilded wood carvings […]

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5 Best Restaurants in Porto

Restaurants in Porto, today we will tell you our 5 top choices when we have to decide where to have a delicious traditional meal in Porto. These are our choices: 1 – YOURS Bistrô Localização: Rua dos Caldeireiros 135, 4050-140 Porto Reservations: bistro@yoursporto.com Daily Menus: YOURS Bistrô Facebook Specialty: Tajine Opening Hours:  Breakfast: All week – 08h30 – 11h00                                    Lunch: Monday – Saturday: 12h30 – 16h00 /// Kitchen closes at 14:30h                                   Dinner: Wednesday – Saturday: 19h30 – 00h00 /// Kitchen closes at 22h30 YOURS Bistrô is the best place to enjoy the combination between great quality food in a cosy, family like restaurant. They also have a beautiful sunny terrace where you can enjoy and spend time with your loved ones. Tajine is their specialty, such a delicious blend of Mediterranean cuisine with a touch of Porto’s characteristic gastronomy. Recommended for everyone to give them a visit and try! It is also offered Vegetarian dishes! How cool is that? Comparing with the next 4 restaurants this is the most […]

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Douro Exclusive – Discover the Douro Valley

The Douro Exclusive Group is run by Ana and Marco and they are specialized in the Douro Valley region. For the ones who are eager to discover the secrets that are held by the Douro Valley, with hosts that spent all their lives living there, Ana and Marco will walk you through amazing landscapes that only the locals know how to find. They will tell you stories of a brave people who became the cornerstones of the oldest wine region in the world to be demarcated and regulated (since 1756). Douro Exclusive will bring you to taste the amazing wines of Porto, DOC Douro and the great cooking! Explore the itinerary according to your own tastes and will. All the trips are made with a luxury air-conditioned vehicle, and they have different journey experiences that allow you to enjoy the route in the most personalized possible way. Let yourselves be carried away by this fantastic wine region…  The trips provided are: Silver Experience With the Silver Experience you will have lunch in a more typical, traditional atmosphere while’ enjoying the dishes of the regional cuisine, just like our mother made it! This experience will also show you the charms of one of the most beautiful wine-producing villages as we […]

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Beautiful Places Near Porto

  In this article we discuss the most beautiful places near porto to visit. The ultimate guide to a quick getaway from the city!   AVEIRO – “The Venice of Portugal” Aveiro is one of the main cities to visit near Porto. It is an eighteenth-century city that has principal attraction – Ria de Aveiro – “sea arms on earth” forming almost a peninsula. Also in Aveiro we found one of the main sea ports of Portugal and one of the leading shipyards. In addition to the wealth of fishing Culture in Aveiro we can also find a very typical and historical cuisine. The highlight are the “ovos moles”. In Aveiro you can also enjoy the excellent beaches. If you are hosted in YOURS GUESTHOUSE it is very easy to travel to Aveiro. You Just need take a train (you have at least one hour by hour) in the São Bento station next to YOURS GUESTHOUSE with a low price (3.20 € per trip) and the duration of the journey is approximately 1h15minutes. When you return back YOURS GUESTHOUSE is also a good choice to rest! And eat some “ovos moles” that you have build in Aveiro.               Aveiro is therefore one of […]

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The Six Best Football Stadiums Near Porto

This article is dedicated to the Six Best Football Stadiums to visit near Porto. João Meireles writes about the best Stadiums  in Portugal. Estádio do Dragão Dragon’s Stadium –  the stadium of Futebol Clube do Porto. FC Porto is one of the best club’s in Portugal. The stadium was inaugurated on November 16, 2003, and has capacity for 50,035 spectators. You can also visti the Museum of the Club To get to “Estádio do Dragão” you just need take a metro towards “Estádio do Dragão” (red line) and step off at “estádio do Dragão”. To take the subway – the closest to YOURS GUESTHOUSE, is “Trindade” which is situated closer to the “Avenida dos Aliados” (a landmark of the Porto). The proximity to Metro (and other transport) makes YOURS GUESTHOUSE an excellent choice to stay if you travel to Porto and want to get to know the best stadiums near Porto. Estádio do Bessa   The Bessa stadium belongs to Boavista, an emblematic club of Porto. It was built in 1972 and  was rebuilt in the beginning of XXI century to be used in Euro 2004. The stadium has capacity to 30,000 people. To get to “Estádio do  Bessa” you […]

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5 best cities to visit near Porto

In this article we chose some suggestions of 5 Best Cities to visit near Porto. Braga Braga is one of the best cities to visit near Porto. It is a city of Roman origin (“Bracara Augusta”) created in the 16 century A.C. in honor of the Roman Emperor Augustus. Braga is the “Minho’s Capital” and the 3rd largest Portuguese city. As an old city it has magnificent buildings, from different centuries and styles, but also diverse natural landscapes. In addition to the wealth of the Culture you can also find very typical and historical food. Including awarded food (one of the 7 Wonders of Portuguese gastronomy) as Caldo Verde (cabbage soup with “chouriço” accompanied with cornbread). If you are hosted inYOURS GuestHouse Porto it is very easy to travel to Braga. You Just need take a train (you have at least one hour by hour) in the São Bento station next toYOURS GuestHouse Porto with a low price (3.20 € per trip) and the duration of the journey is approximately 1h15minutes. When you return back YOURS GUESTHOUSE is also a good choice to rest! Braga is therefore one of the best cities to visit if you are coming and staying […]

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