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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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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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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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YOURS Brand Identity

The history of YOURS brand identity is quite unique. The project began on a trip to India in 2008, more precisely at Hotel Yogi, a guesthouse in Jodhpur after a simple question –“and what if we did a hostel like this in our hometown, wouldn’t you like that?”. And the idea behind the brand identity sprung in such a unique place that combines harmony of culture, respect and religiousness. To further add special concepts to the aforementioned ones and conciliating our idea of a business and delivery, and we added the following factors: sharing and the satisfaction to prepare something special for others. Finally, we spiced our project with the natural affection and hospitality that characterizes the Portuguese people. The spirit YOURS emerged. The idea was to build a Guesthouse, an atelier (shop) and a kind of a restaurant. Our goal is to personalize each guest holidays as much as possible. We needed a logo that could stamp the three elements by changing a small detail on the brand identity. To materialize our concept we envisioned the design of a trade image that translated this spirit, and thought of the Lotus Flower that symbolizes our principles. We then started to […]

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Incredible India – a trip from Oporto to India

Contextualization: The first urban foundations date the 3500 BC alongside the Hindo Valley, the same river that nowadays separates Pakistan and India. Harappan culture emerges and proceeds the Vedic period that is accompanied by an expansion of the civilization towards southeast. The Holy Scriptures, “the Vedas” were written during the latter period, also responsible for the implementation of the Caste system still in place. The epoch that follows is highly complex. Basically, traces of all empires can be found in what is now known as India: Maurya, Persian, Roman, Greek, Chinese and Macedonians (with Alexander the Great). It was however during the eighth century that society suffered major alterations with the arrival of Arabs and Islam – The Mughal Empire. The most influential period occurred during the kingdom of Akbar, who took a distinct approach to slaughtering Hindu people, allowing the mingling of Islamism with other religions. The subsequent era was dominated by the Marathas, a type of kings that still endures in the territory. All Europeans, including the Portuguese arrived to India with commercial intents, except the English, that decided to conquer the territory. In 1947, Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru finally ensured the independency of India, without shooting a single bullet, giving rise to the greatest migration of human history that culminated […]

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Nkosi sikelel’ iAfrika – God Bless Africa

“TRIBAL TANK” IN AFRICA Nkosi sikelel’ iAfrika – God Bless Africa – The oldest specimen of Australopithecus africanus (our closest species), together with many other hominids was found in south Africa (Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site) and dates 2.6 million years, reviving a quote from Nelson Mandela “… we are all Africans”. This makes of South Africa the birth of humankind. Ranked as the 28th world economy, and the 1st of Africa, it is the 25th biggest country in the world and 13 times bigger than Portugal. South Africa is a multicultural country, home to 52 millions of inhabitants and still considered a “rainbow” nation due to the deeply divisive policy of the apartheid. Broadly speaking and using local population statistical data approximately 79% of people are black, 9% are white descendants of Dutch, Germans and English, 3% are Asian, and 9% are “coloured” (the apartheid term for those of mixed descent). Beyond these are smaller but no less significant groups, descendants of Lebanese, Italian, Portuguese, Hungarian, and Greek settlers, as well as the estimated 130,000 strong Jewish community. In an attempt to recognise the cultural diversity of South Africa, the government recognised officially 11 languages, which makes the life of any public […]

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