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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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Porto History

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 […]

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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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Road Trip to Porto – A Blogger’s Post

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 […]

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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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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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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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YOURS Rooms

YOURS Rooms YOURS provides solutions for all types of guests, the best way to make them feel comfortable. We are prepared to receive only one person, mostly couples or groups of four or five people. For couples with children, we have rooms linked or separate rooms beyond normal extra beds and baby cots. It’s YOURS rooms!… Upstairs there is a single room, a double deluxe room with balcony, a room for four people also with balcony. On the second floor there are two double bedrooms and a room with six people with a balcony. On the top floor, next to the skylight, we have a deluxe double room and another bedroom twins. This floor is ideal for couples with young children. YOURS room 101 The single room 101 is ideal for a solo traveler or a business trip. It is the most “cozy” room of the guesthouse and also the smallest with 18 MTS2. It has an antique iron bed and complete furniture. The bathroom is large with a XL shower. Prices for the Room Single 101 Low Season: from Sunday to Wednesday= 40€ ; from Thursday to Saturday = 50€ High Season: from Sunday to Wednesday= 50€ ; from Thursday […]

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Eyes from Sé towards Sé

Eyes from Sé towards Sé | José Henrique da Fonseca Eyes from Sé towards Sé; Click! The sound was almost inaudible but we already knew it, our phone was being tapped. Those were the days of basic technology, and the ability to survey millions was not possible, still our conversation had to be restricted to banalities. However, our wish to discuss governmental censured issues without being overheard, set us in motion in the search of a hidden place. We had to make reunions with 10 or 12 people to prepare a journal that would try to overcome to breach the difficulties of the censure. Someone suggested, and I don’t recall who, meeting in the hall of Se, since the staircases leading to the Cathedral on a hill of the city were quite narrow impeding easy access without being noticed by us. So, we managed to get a good wide space, where the table for the meetings was the floor and in there we would gather and discuss matters for preparing the articles. After experiencing this meeting office, I don’t envy any meeting room of any great periodical journal. Ours had a magnificent view over the houses of Porto. It is the Sé […]

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Unique architecture of Porto – The “Ilhas”

Unique architecture of Porto – The “Ilhas” | Filipa Roma Torres | 23 January 2014 “No one knows better than you, wise Kublai, that one should never confuse the city with the discourse that describes it. And yet there is a relationship between them. “Italo Calvino in” Invisible Cities” THE “ILHAS” Typical of Oporto, and an example of unique architectures of Porto – the “Ilhas” as they are known, are the main form of workers’ housing associated with industrialization in the second half of the century XIX. The physical and constructive solution of the “ilhas” is strongly linked to the city’s characteristics and are therefore very different from workers neighborhoods that have emerged in other European cities, and even in other Portuguese cities. The city of Oporto grown for a long time just within the Gothic walls, growing in height, and thus creating a problem of health because of the narrow streets that were characteristic. In the second half of the century XVIII, estimating the continued population growth of the city, appeared plans of Almadas (João Almada e Melo and Francisco Almada and Mendonça) for the extension of the city  for outside the walls, creating wider streets, larger lots, large squares. […]

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Caldeireiros Street

Nowadays the small traditional business is overall in crisis, but there are still activities that persist in Caldeireiros Street, where one can find items not considered profitable by bigger companies. The old shops survive, surrounded by small restaurants, traditional “tascas” and famous “adegas”. (Tascas are equivalent to pub serving simple homemade food and adegas are small, cosy restaurants) as well as small Guesthouses. Guesthouses open in Caldeireiros Street in Porto city center, offering accommodation with very particular characteristics of intimacy and charm, in privileged localization close to charismatic monuments. Examples include the Clerigos Tower, the cadeia da Relação, the bookshop Lello, the Rectory from the University, the churches of Carmelitas and Carmo, the Aliados  Avenuee and many others located within 500 m distance. There is an invitation in the air to wander around their souvenir shops and continue to stroll Caldeireiros getting to Flores street that leads us to Palacio da Bolsa and Ribeira. The nightlife which is particularly crowded at Fridays and Saturdays is already a city touristic reference for young cosmopolitans and is two steps away from Caldeireiros, although quite protected from the noise. If you enter Caldeireiros street by Nicolau Nasoni and start going down, your eyes […]

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The Tram ride

This story – The tram ride  – happens at the end of the 50s, in a torridly hot day making desirable a dive in the cold waters of the beaches of Porto. The queue was huge and the tram is already full. Ticket inspector was shouting “can always fit one more, move forward please, ladies and gents”. By then, trams were the most frequently used form of transport in Porto, with scarce number of buses that preceded the trolley buses in operation later on. The tram tracks crossed the city in every direction expanding to the suburbs, being Foz and Matosinhos one of the favourite destinations. Notwithstanding the hollow seats and windows, the trip of about one hour was solely too quick in the circumstances (for the young person I was) of being stuck between cute girls. Foto: Paulo Miguel I remember of finally getting to the beach and browse in search of my friends looking for their cotton beach tents or sun umbrellas since there were no mobile phones. From then onwards the day was filled with good conversation and football until being stopped by disturbed neighbours. Nowadays the trams that connect the historic centre to the beaches are scarce and only […]

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10 indispensable places you must visit in Porto

10 indispensable places you must visit in Porto, boating along the Douro Bridges, drink the best coffee in the world, strolling in a park in the city center, buy a book at the bookstore of Harry Porter , knowing how to make Port wine, strolling in the old tram from the center to the beach, eating Francesinha and drink a Superbock, hear a concert of live music and surprise you with contemporary works of art. YOURSPORTO is a guesthouse located in the center of Porto with bedrooms and a cosy restaurante which values are Culture, proximity and handmade. If you want to know more about the Port do not hesitate to contact us. If you want to know what to do in the city of Porto, do not miss these suggestions . Any way you should leave town without experience. Contacts: Email: info@yoursporto.com Tel: +(351) 222033082 www.yoursguesthouse.com

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The boat Menino do Rio and the restaurant Casa do Pescador

From YOURS to Douro From YOURS to the restaurant “Casa do Pescador” is about 3.5 Km and is well worth going there either for the beautiful tour or for the meal. The opportunity is unique and all those who have come to Porto and neglected this trip, may as well pack up a small luggage and return. This time you might also sleep in YOURS GuestHouse. Porto Tram Map The tour starts in Ribeira. Pick your favourite means of transportation (foot, bicycle or tram) and head towards Foz. The ride is diverse, you will pass by the old Customs, where you can find on your right the Miragaia borough (which is the only viewpoint for Douro bearing a different name than Miradouro). A bit further ahead you will find Massarelos, that has been renewed, followed by Arrábida Bridge (after 500m), which is the famous bridge everybody come to see in 1963. Finally you will get to your destination, the Douro District (the last before getting into Foz). The boat “Menino do Rio” and the restaurant “Casa do Pescador” In Douro you will need to get the boat “Menino do Rio” that will take you across the Douro River to Afurada […]

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Pilgrimage in Caldeireiros

One of the most prominent icons of devotion of the Vitória’s inhabitants (but not only!) is located on the upper end of Caldeireiros Street. People still venerate the image of  “Senhor da Boa Fortuna” (Lord of Good Fortune), and make an annual festival to the location – Pilgrimage in Caldeireiros (The Lord of Good Fortune) The party is set up at the site of the ancient “Olive grove” which nowadays became the streets of Martires da Liberdade, Trás, Caldeireiros and S. Bento da Vitória. It is at the upper end of  Street of Caldeireiros (Boilermakers), once called Ferraria de Cima, that the big Cross of “Senhor da Boa Fortuna” laid. The Cross probably resided in this location since old and immemorial times, and was located in the middle of the street by the end of the 19th Century, but nowadays is part of the main front of a building. The reader is probably asking: how was a huge cross, made of heavy stone, transferred from the middle of the street to the front façade of a building? Lets try to explain. Since ancient times, devoted people placed granite Crosses in certain streets of Porto. Only in Bonjardim Street there were 14. These were all […]

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Find 10 astonishing views of Oporto

Portugal had been a destination mostly unknown for a good share of travelers, but  in 2012  Oporto won the rewards for the  best tourist destination by the New York Times and again in 2013  one of the destinations chosen to visit in. Porto also was Top 10 European travel destinations for 2013 For many who want to make the trip of a lifetime, Oporto offers genuine experiences, involving the discovery of a past history, or cultural and contemporary wonderful experiences. Nowadays Porto offers one of the best experiences for tourism. Use your imaginary to live the second city of Portugal. Try to see the city using other perspective, if you walk on the streets and taste the flavors of the wonderful Portuguese Gastronomy.  Some examples: watch the  the magnificent Douro river from casa Tait, anchor of the famous Port wine; cross the iconic Ponte d. Luis , visit the baroque churches of heritage, the  contemporary Museum of Serralves or the fantastic Casa da Música.  Those are an unforgettable privilege . Take a view from the 10 astonishing views of Oporto , Cultural heritage of humanity since 1996. 1 – Torre dos clérigos 2 – Funicular dos Guindais 3 – Cable car of Vila Nova de Gaia 4 – Lapa […]

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A night in Café Reimão

YOURS don’t understand the horoscope, Café Reimão is a true supermarket of flavours! Apart from now, every weekend (or whenever you want), we can forecast barbecue in a short future… uncommitted… After a good talk about nothing (somewhere 200 hundred years ago we were used a neck massage with a rope to hang ourselves), we’ve decided to peek to Café Reimão. Of course we are interested in gastronomic choices, someone said “we are what we eat” and everybody shows what he/she really is after a good meal! We went at eleven o’clock at night at Café Reimão.   The picturesque Café Reimão Apart from now, every weekend (or whenever you want), we can forecast barbecue in a short future… uncommitted… After a good talk about nothing (somewhere 200 hundred years ago we were used a neck massage with a rope to hang ourselves), we’ve decided to peek to Café Reimão. Of course we are interested in gastronomic choices, someone said “we are what we eat” and everybody shows what he/she really is after a good meal! We went at eleven o’clock at night at Café Reimão. One interesting aspect of this picturesque place in Porto is to feel, when we firstly entered, age […]

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