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Palácio da Bolsa of Porto

Palácio da Bolsa of Porto is a true tribute to the artistic skills of the different craftsman’s that where involved over the years.

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Raríssimas

On November 20, 2017, YOURS GuestHouse and YOURS Bistrô have teamed up to help a cause. We have an important protocol. We commit ourselves as a company and employees, to help “Raríssimas”! Raríssimas was founded on April 2002 and is a non-profit institution. The strength and courage for its creation is due to the dream of Marco, son of Paula Costa, the founder of “Casa dos Marcos”, a project that came later. Marco, had “Cornelia de Lange” Syndrome, a rare pathology, associated with congenital malformations and delayed psychomotor development. Then, knowing there were no schools that could help accommodating people like him, he asked his mother to create a space for rare girls and boys. Marco was 16 when he made that request, and unfortunately, he died shortly afterwards, without seeing his desire fulfilled. However, roughly 7 years after this special request, the concept “Casa dos Marcos”, in Moita, Portugal, a unique space in the World for people with rare and very rare diseases, was born, based on a lot of altruism. “Not being for Marco, it’s a home for the other Marcos of Portugal.”, said Paula Costa. The “House of Mark” includes a residential home, intended for patients that […]

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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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Centro Português de Fotografia

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 […]

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Funicular dos Guindais

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 […]

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3 Days in Porto

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 […]

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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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Manuela Mendes da Silva

  About Manuela Mendes da Silva …   Maria Manuela Mendes da Silva was born in Porto and graduated in Art by Fine Arts University of Porto. She taught art lessons between 1971 and 2006. She started her professional career as a painter in 1966. Member of the Fine Arts National Society, she is represented in the “European Art Museum”. The filme “In My Atelier in Porto”, directed by Álvaro Queirós, is about her work and is part of the archives of the Portuguese cinemateque. She has multiples references in national and international books and her collections are presented in Portugal and abroad, mostly in cities such as Boston, Chicago, Dubai, São Paulo, Paris, Brussels and Tokyo. Contact: Telephone: +351 966051305 E-mail: pintora.m.manuela@gmail.com You can see the colection of paintings at YOURS GuestHouse Porto. Through our website:http://yoursguesthouse.com/shop/paintings-manuela-mendes-da-silva/

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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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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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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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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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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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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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