Palácio da Bolsa of Porto is a true tribute to the artistic skills of the different craftsman’s that where involved over the years.
Founded in 1833, it is the first Public Art Museum in Portugal. It was intended to collect confiscated goods from the abandoned convents of Porto. Later, settled in the “Convento de Santo António” with the designation of “Museu Portuense de Pinturas e Estampas”, and followed an innovative cultural and pedagogical program, supporting artists of the “Academia Portuguesa de Belas Artes” (Fine Arts Academy). In 1839, the exhibitions even moved to the direction of the “Academia Portuguesa das Belas Artes”, strengthening the relationship between the Museum and artistic teaching. With the “Estado Novo”, (the dictatorial portuguese political system) and with the valorization of the patrimony, the museum, acquires the status of National Museum, providing its independence, and slightly later, in 1940, and until today, settled in the Palace of “Carrancas”, celebrating this change with the exhibition “A Obra de Soares dos Reis”, an important stage in the History of the Museum. The 25 of April of 1974, (the end of the dictatorial portuguese political system) allowed the appeal to the young, to leave definitively of part the optical collector. It was then proposed, the opening of the enclosed space, to a new art, a new public. The space opening to vitality! […]
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.
Located in the former prison of the 15th century, (“Cadeia e Tribunal da Relação”), was in 1996 created the “Centro Português de Fotografia”. A Ministry of Culture’s decision. The first exhibitions, in the “Centro Português de Fotografia”, were inaugurated in December of 1997, on the ground floor, that ran as a space for the exhibitions until December of 2000. At that date the photographic culture began to reviving itself, with the appearance of photography schools, festivals and galleries that used to recover photographers excluded by the Salazar regime, and spread the work of international photographers. In 2001, after restored and adapted to its new function, by the team of architects “Eduardo Souto Moura” and “Humberto Vieira”, the building was occupied in its entirety. Nowadays, it is protected by the “Direcção Geral do Livro”, being attributed to them the duties of development and appreciation of the Photographic Heritage. The “Centro Português de Fotografia” still maintain an anual program of temporary exhibitions, a museum centre, a specialized library and a free service of guided tours to the building and exhibitions, subject to previous reservation. The programming balance itself between the contemporary and historical photography and the Portuguese and international photography. Here you […]
Have you ever heard about the history of “Funicular dos Guindais”? The original “Funicular dos Guindais” was projected by the portuguese engineer, Raul Mesnier, known to have built many lifts and funiculars in Portugal. The funicular was inaugurated in the 4th of June, 1891, however, two years later, ended up closed, due to a serious accident that occurred. After human and mechanic failure, the funicular ended up practically discarded alongside a platform on the lowest tray of the “D.Luís I” bridge. Fortunately and although the scenario, it didn’t caused deaths, just some injuries. However, the “Parceria dos Elevadores do Porto” announced the suspension of the funicular for two months, necessary time to initiate the repairs and begin the activities. So, the funicular was completely redesign by Raul Mesnier, focusing on restore the funicular functioning, something that never quite happened until nowadays. In 2001, arises a proposal for the replacement of a new funicular in the same spot, and a century after the original opening (19th February 2004), opens a new funicular! It is located between “Guindais” and “Rua da Batalha” street, and its currently operated by “Metro do Porto” company. With an […]
If 1 day is short, and 2 not enough, we think that 3 days are ideal to know almost all the essence of Porto. Day 1… The best option to stay in, for 3 days in Porto, is YOURS GuestHouse, for many reasons. It´s a very well centralized guest house in the Historic Centre of Porto, therefore, nearby everything you need to visit, it’s a cosy space and it’s customized for you! Go down in the “Rua dos Caldeireiros” street, where you are staying and enjoy the beauty of the main avenue of Porto, the “Avenida dos Aliados” that owes its name to a tribute to the Allied Countries in the first World War. All the buildings that you will see are made of quality granite, many of them crowned with summits, pinnacle spires and skylights. Take the opportunity to take unique pictures, to know the building of “Câmara do Porto” and the brand of our city, “Porto.”. Once again go down and visit the “Estação de S.Bento”, one of the most beautiful train stations of the World and one of the most important monuments of the city, made by the architect Marques da Silva, coated with twenty thousand tiles by Jorge […]
Although 2 days in Porto are not enough to know all the stories, gardens, buildings and features, they are enough to get a good feel about the city. The best option to stay in, is YOURS GuestHouse, for many reasons. It´s a very well centralized guest house in the Historic Centre of Porto, therefore, nearby everything you need to visit, it’s a cosy space and it’s customized for you! Day 1… For the first day, we have a contrast of routes to propose you. Let’s begin the morning with some hustle, but we promise you that you will finish your day in a more serene way. We begin our route, at “Capela das Almas”, which stays at a very short and interesting walk from YOURS GuestHouse, in the main commercial street of “Baixa do Porto”, “Santa Catarina” street. The “Capela das Almas” is constituted by 15,947 tiles, from Eduardo Leite. They represent the life of San “Francisco de Assis” and Saint “Catarina”! Still on the same street, don’t forget to visit the “Café Majestic” opened in 1921, and considered the sixth most beautiful coffee in the World, in 2011. It was a coffee who has claimed their state with the tradition […]
When you only have one day in a city like Porto, full of venues and history to show, have you ever wonder “1 Day in Porto – What should I visit?” Here you have our suggestion to 1 day in Porto! The best option to stay in, is YOURS GuestHouse, for many reasons. It´s a very well centralized guest house in the Historic Centre of Porto, therefore, nearby everything you need to visit, it’s a cosy space and it’s customized for you! “Sé Catedral do Porto”, a building from the XII to XIII century, known for the architecture with roman-gothic features. It is a short walk of 7 minutes from YOURS GuestHouse Porto. Schedule: 09h00 am – 19h00 pm Museum and Cloister: 09h00 am – 18h30 pm (summer) Reache “Ribeira” using the “Sé Catedral” stairs, where you can take a close look to the “Muralha Fernandina”. “Ribeira” is one of the main tourist attraction points, is an ideal place to take incredible pictures to the landscape, thanks to the excellent views over the Douro river! Don’t forget to see the D.Luís I bridge, made in iron filigree, drafted by the engineer Théophile Seyrig. You can […]
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 […]
Do you want to know more about Porto History, the destiny you chose? So, the Porto History, owes the origin of his name, to a roman civilization. They were known by “Cale” or “Portus Cale”. “Portus” refering to the city located on the right river bank, Porto, and “Cale”, refering the left river bank, Vila Nova de Gaia. Both names, later giving the origin to our country’s name, Portugal. Douro river was the main responsible for the development of Porto, thanks to the trade exchanges, for example, the Porto Wine. But, not only for our wine, we are also known worldwide for our bridges, for the old architecture of our historic center, classified as World Heritage by UNESCO, for our gastronomy quality, for our best team “Futebol Clube do Porto”, for our University, one of the best two hundred in the world. But mostly, for our people, always known for his strong and honest character, his cheerful spirit and for his hospitable and hardworker side! Giving special attention to our World Heritage, we highlight the street where YOURSGuestHouse Porto is located, “Rua dos Caldeireiros”, one of the oldest in town. This street is an extension of “Rua do Souto”, that […]
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 […]
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 […]
“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 […]
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 […]
Do you want to know which are the 5 Best Sights of Porto, take a look at what Beatriz Maia found out: YOURS BISTRÔ If you want to taste traditional Portuguese food with good wine and an exterior esplanade, choose Yours Bistrô because is one of the 5 Best Sights of Porto. Is also known for being one of the best Restaurants in Porto and for having one of the best sights over Porto. With a sunny terrace, YOURS Bistrô is the place to be if you want to cherish some quality time amongst your family and friends. Their specialty is “Tajine”, a delicious fusion between Mediterranean food and traditional Portuguese flavors. You should definitely try it. That privileged sight makes Yours Bistrô one of the 5 Best Sights of Porto. Yours Bistro has the perfect location: in the heart of the city. Is located in Rua dos Caldeireiros 135, Porto. Open Days: everyday from 8:30am until 4pm. From Wednesday until Saturday from 7:30pm until 11:30pm. Sunday open from 8:30 am until 11am. Check here. PASSEIO DAS VIRTUDES Passeio das Virtudes is one of the most romantic places in Porto, with a sight that even makes the coldest ones fall in love. Is known to be one of the […]
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 […]
Road Trip – Next Stop, Porto… The Blogger that writes to “A Local Food Hound” was a YOURS GuestHouse guest and wrote a brilliant post about his stay in Porto. Make sure you read and visit his Blog for more information about his adventures. Porto – Tower View Our drive to Porto, Portugal was non-eventful but driving in Porto was what I would call a ‘day from hell’. A game of musical parking spots is constantly being played out with what seems like 10,000 cars looking for 100 spots. Folks were double & triple parked – some reading books! And our Google Maps was down for the count as we had lost our Spanish cell phone carrier once across the Portuguese border. We finally opted to pay up for the roaming charges & got back on course after several circular round abouts & dead ends & arrived at our home away from home – Yours Guest House. It was a peaceful oasis in the heart of the old town. Not only was the room lovely, but there was a great lounge area and and amazing terrace. The staff were delightful, helpful and informative. One of the highlights of our trip was […]