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Best underground places in Porto

We offer you 6 new tips about the best underground places in porto where you can go. On a trip to Porto, it can be useful a lot of tips about places in Porto. However, for those who are a bit more curious and would like to try new things… try the best underground places in Porto. YOURS BISTRÔ – FADO NIGHTS Located on the Caldeireiros street, the restaurant YOURS Bistrô proudly offers a different dinner to its customers, welcoming them with a fantastic Fado show. In addition to a varied menu and service efficacy, those who visit this restaurant can still enjoy a fantastic garden esplanade while listening to the show. Carla Cortez and her guitar players will do the rest. Fado is a Immaterial World Heritage of Humanity, and you can listen to it while enjoying a delicious meal, at YOURS Bistrô. This is why this is one of the 6 best underground places in Porto. Adress: Rua dos Caldeireiros 135.   PINGUIM CAFÉ – MONDAY OF POETRY The Pinguim cafe and  bar is a welcoming place, located on the 67 Belomonte street, which surprises us with the “Mondays of Poetry”, that take place every Monday at 11:30 p.m., in the Cave of the Pinguim, which […]

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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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2 days in Porto

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 […]

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1 Day in Porto

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 […]

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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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Gardens In Porto – Our Top 10

To select the 10 Best Gardens of Porto, we ask Madalena Meireles to research what they were. These are the results of the Best Gardens and Parks of Porto. Porto is a city full of green spaces, marvelous places to relax, talk and picnic, physical exercise, date and many other things! Here they are, the 10 best and prettiest gardens and parks of Invicta. 1º Parque da Cidade (City Park) It’s the biggest park of porto and of the country, with about 83 hectares, with a network of paths of about 10km. Ideal for someone who is looking for a calm, silent place, with a big diversity of fauna and flora, where you can relax, talk, exercise, have an amazing date, etc. Also the park has access to the shore where you can find a zone with beaches and coffee shops, making this place unique in Europe.   2º Crystal Palace Gardens The most romantic gardens of Porto stretch over an area of 8 hectares and were projected in the XIX century by the German Arquitech Émile David. Here you have an amazing view of the Douro River. The best place for a great, romantic date while you enjoy the wonderful […]

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Taste Porto – A Food Guide to Porto

Taste Porto is the subject of this next blog post and their objective is for you to leave Porto with nothing less than a full stomach of traditional local cuisine.   Taste Porto has grown from its humble beginnings into what it is today – a traditional, well known traditional knowledge provider. Partnering two Porto natives and one American, the three got together with the business idea that combines their love of Porto with their second love, the local cuisine. Keen travelers, taste testers, at home chefs, and cultural explorers the team realized that what they valued most from their travels was the opportunity to meet locals and see the city through their eyes. And so it was unanimously decided that Taste Porto Food Tours would do exactly that, allow people to taste the real Porto. Through their tours you will have an experience that will excite all of your senses. Not only will you taste the sweet and savory dishes of Porto, but you will also see the old ladies keeping guard over the streets from their balconies, you will hear the sales-pitches of the vendors of Bolhão Market, you will smell the intoxicating scent of freshly cooked chouriço, and you will […]

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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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City Lovers Tours – A Guide to Trust

Today we will present you the City Lovers Tours, more than a company, a group of friends that got together to offer you the best tours in Porto.   City Lovers Tours City Lovers Tours presents itself as a trustworthy platform and brand, with the purpose of reaching more tourists over the time. A friendly and very helpful organization focused on customer support and building better relations with its public. The platform was created with the objective of allowing every customer to establish an honest bond with both sellers and product deliverers, from the first visit to the website, to the beginning of the activity. – Medieval Porto A tour about the ancient city and its legends that covers all the Pena Ventosa (Medieval Neighbourhood) and the mediaval wall (Fernandina Wall) – unknown areas of the city, usually not accessible to tourists. – Romantic Porto A tour that involves all the romantic Oporto, as well as the stories of the poets and writers of that time – exploring Crystal Palace and the Romantic Paths. – Churches Tour A tour about Art History, Religion and Architecture that explores the most relevant churches of the city. Includes visit to Sé – Porto’s Cathedral, […]

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Cheap Porto: Yours GuestHouse Guide to Porto

If you are hosted in Yours GuestHouse Porto and you would like to visit Porto in a fun but cheap way you can count on YOURS favorite GuestHouse to help you find the Cheap Porto. With our partners’ network we can offer you special conditions when acquiring services from these tourist services providers:   BlueBus City Tours: With BlueBus you can choose the perfect way to explore the city of Porto according to your needs. Choose between one of our 3 available tours: – 24 Hours The 24 Hours Tour on the BlueBus’ buses allows you to explore Porto within a carefull chosen circuit that will take you through the city center while exploring all the buildings and monuments that are part of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can buy this ticket directly with Yours GuestHouse Porto.   – 48 Hours The 48 Hours Tour allows you to explore, visit and know the history of the city of Porto. This hop-on, hop-off tour is the perfect way to explore the city at your pace and discover what makes it one of the most attractive touristic destinations worldwide. You can buy this ticket directly with Yours GuestHouse Porto.   – […]

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10 best places to go out in Porto

YOURS GuestHouse Porto asked and Inês Moura made this fantastic post:

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NOS D’bandada festival

People from porto on d’bandada invade porto’s downtown! It’s NOS D’bandada festival! A free event, filled with fun, joy and most important…. Music!! NOS D’Bandada Festival is becoming to be, with only five editions completed, one of the greatest ambassadors of Portuguese music! NOS D’Bandada Festival is, undoubtedly, one of the most fast growing festivals in Portugal. Having already great importance, not only for Porto’ residents, but also to the rest of the people of the country. The accession to this event as grown exponentially year by year, and the tendency it’s to continue that way. NOS D’Bandada Festival is one of the greatest defenders and boosters of portuguese music, giving the most importance and protagonism to the national product! Being that it doesn’t limit itself to one or two genders of music, wich is one more gain and advantage to the success of this event. Diversity! Rock, Pop, Hip-hop, Fado, Eletronic music… mostly everything! Nós D’Bandada Festival’s is for everyone. Appropriate to all tastes! In this event sings not only some of the gratest names of the portuguese music, but also with new projects with great potential and rising artists unknown to common people. Even if you are a fan of […]

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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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The Palácio de Cristal

She loved fries. The entire money that carried into her pocket had to be shared between the entry into the Popular Fair, then the Carousel ticket and on the … French fries. It was a sweet voice like I never heard and nor the salt of the potatoes was enough to change it; of course, that the most exciting for my thirteen years was the walk on the Carousel. These are some of the memories that I have from the Palácio de Cristal that has been of crystal but is no longer! The view from the Carousel through the Gardens was magnificent. Later it was exceeded by the view from the dome of the Sports to where we went by a outside staircase. The Garden of roses  still existing retains the romantic flavor but Chico, the Lion and other animals only live in the memory of who have at least the same years like me. Who go there now have a vision of a Vila Nova de Gaia with high and modern buildings, however they will not see the coal barges and “bacalhoeiros” docked at the Douro. It will be also impossible to see the Dolphins on the river. Today you […]

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Cruise on the Douro

There will be many different “Douros” in each memory. For me, the first one remotes to about sixty-five years ago, after driving the train from Caldas de Moledo. The “boat” went to the other side. In the downstream between the rocks, born the thermal waters and rapids showed the wild face of this river. It was difficult to navigate and that was the road to drain the Porto Wine to Porto (Gaia) for over a hundred years. From the River and rising by the slope to the farm we could see the splendor of the mountains to the cliffs of Marão. This summer the river was the place to play in the sand and the splash of the waters that ran fast. Pose for a photograph in a Rabelo boat that the Boatman was riding, it was the image that I keep in my memories. There was another “Douro” seen from the train, during a trip from Porto to Salamanca, in the distant past, it was wild with a wild beauty that we could see in our way to Spain and that we can see between the tunnels and through the iron row that was the work of outstanding engineering. […]

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Camino de Santiago de Compostela in YOURS

In just two steps (literally), from the Portuguese primitive way towards Santiago de Compostela, and 500 meters from the Cathedral of Porto, is the YOURS GuestHouse. In just two steps (literally), from the Portuguese primitive way towards Santiago de Compostela, and 500 meters from the Cathedral of Porto, is the YOURS GuestHouse. In addition to its family and cozy atmosphere, the YOURS GuestHouse proves to be the ideal resting spot for both pilgrims who wish to start the Camino de Santiago in Oporto, and for those who have started their way from the South, because of its strategic location: – 10 meters from the Portuguese primitive way; – 500 meters from the starting point of the primitive portuguese way either to the shore or to the Interior for pilgrins starting their way in Porto; – It’s in the city center of Porto; – 200 meters from the São Bento station; – 150 meters from the underground station; Nearby Yours GuestHouse, you can find all kind of services such as pharmacy, hospital, bank, ATM, Tourist office, Etc. Besides comfort and good location YOURS has its Bistro where pilgrims can enjoy the best of the traditional Portuguese cuisine, accompanied by fine wines in its YOURS […]

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The chapel of Nossa Senhora da Silva

The heart of the historic center of Oporto has surprises and corners that dazzle those who visit and fill with pride the people of Oporto. They make this city feel like a mystery to unravel. Who walks through the emblematic and historical street of Caldeireiros, next to the Torre dos Clérigos, will find a peculiar building. This is almost unnoticed in the middle of the old houses, that nowadays are being recovered. It is the chapel of Nossa Senhora da Silva, patron saint of locksmiths, blacksmiths and coppersmiths, very common activities to time and today almost extincts. This chapel has a nineteenth century oratory placed on the facade of the building. The chapel belongs to the Confraternity of Nossa Senhora da Silva from the century XV, who managed for many years the Hospital São João Baptista in the Street of Santa Catarina. The outer shrine is from the XVIII century and for some time had the evocative images of St. João Baptista and St. Baldomero(martyr and patron of Blacksmiths). Currently only has a replica of the statue of Nossa Senhora da Silva. All the altar is protected by a cover in carving which remains almost intact to the passage of […]

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NOS Primavera Sound

NOS Primavera Sound returns to Porto in its 3rd edition in Portugal. This event is recommended by YOURS Guesthouse and happens in 5, 6 and 7 of June. It is held in the City Park (Parque da Cidade), which is the largest urban park in the country, with 83 hectares of green areas . It also has the unique feature of its area extends to the Atlantic Ocean. This is a popular place for people of Porto with its 10km of paths, allowing some sport during the week and quiet walks in the weekend. This park has a great diversity of fauna and flora that invites friends and family to hang out or simply contemplating the space. This park is definitely a unique attraction in the city , for its large green area and proximity to the beach. In 2000, was selected by the Engineers with one of the “100 most notable built works of the twentieth century in Portugal .” NOS Primavera Sound, being a city festival, has much to gain by choosing this place, by being broad and in contact with nature, which for sure will inspire the viewers. This has been a highly successful event in Porto, […]

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Serralves em Festa

Serralves em Festa festival returns to Porto in the days of May 31 and June 1, in its 11th edition, with this year theme ” Common Ground “. This festival takes place in the Serralves Foundation, established in 1989, several years after the acquisition of Quinta de Serralves . This space encompasses Museum, a project by Architect Álvaro Siza Vieira; by Casa de Serralves, a unique example of Art Deco architecture; and the Park, awarded the prize “ Henry Ford Prize for the Preservation of the Environment ” in 1997. The buildings constituted by the House and the Park are classified as a Public Interest by the Portuguese State since 1996. Serralves Foundation is especially known for its Museum of Contemporary Art, with permanent and temporary exhibitions as well as for his park, consisting of large and beautiful gardens. It is a place of interest and success at national and international level. Serralves em Festa is a festival of 48 hours non-stop which gives us every year a quality and diverse schedule, with free admission. This diversity includes performances of music, theater, dance, performance, circus, installations and exhibitions. Serralves em Festa is a much awaited festival in Oporto life, because of […]

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Porto Graham’s

Porto Graham’s Lodge The Graham’s Lodge was build in 1890, in Vila Nova de Gaia on the Douro Estuary near the Atlantic Ocean. Here, the maritime climate is ideally suited to the balanced ageing of Graham’s Ports. The sturdy granite walls of the lodge currently house over 3,500 casks of Port as well as a unique Vintage Port cellar. Opened in 1993 to the public, the Graham’s Lodge is a functional, working building which today welcomes over 50 000 visitors every year. Nearly 20 years after its opening, the Lodge is one of Premium Port lovers favourite destinations where visitors can witness the everyday workings, discover and taste Graham’s Ports and enjoy authentic and unique food pairing combinations.

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