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FESTIVALS, HOLIDAYS AND OTHER ANNUAL EVENTS IN Porto

There are a number of festivals, holidays and other events celebrated in Porto each year. The main ones are listed below.

January 1: New Year's Day (national holiday)

The week leading to Easter: Holy Week (Semana santa) (national holiday)

Holy Week takes place one week before Easter and is celebrated with religious events around the country, including several in Porto. A sizeable crowd always gathers in the streets to pray, or admire the impressive procession of penitents as they move along to the music.

April 25: Liberty Day (Dia da Liberdade) (national holiday)

This holiday celebrates the Carnation Revolution on this day in 1974 that brought an end to the dictatorship of António de Oliveira Salazar and restored democracy in Portugal. Festivities include live music and dancing in the streets.

June 10: National Day (Dia de Camões) (national holiday)

Celebrated as Portugal's national day, this holiday also commemorates the death, on June 10, 1580, of the country's most famous poet, Luis de Camões. A huge fireworks display is launched over the Douro River.

June 23-24: Sao Joao holiday (São João) (local holiday)

Porto is probably the city that celebrates São João with most pomp. Numerous concerts take place all over town and masses gather in the streets, and restaurants are crowded. On that day, tradition asks that sardines be prepared as a dish, and people joyfully hit each other with soft plastic hammers.

August 15: Assumption Day (Assunção da Virgem Maria) (national holiday)

On this day, processions celebrate the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. Masses and processions take place in the churches and all over the historic centre of Porto.

October 5: Republic Day (national holiday)

Commemorates the overthrow of Portugal's constitutional monarchy by republican forces on this day in 1910 and the founding of the first Portuguese republic. A ceremony is held outside Porto's city hall with officials and politicians.

December 1: Independence Day (Dia da Independência) (national holiday)

This day commemorates the restoration of Portuguese independence from Spain in 1640 and is celebrated in the streets of the city with various festivities, including parades, meals and concerts.

December 25: Christmas (national holiday)

December 31 : New Year's Eve (national holiday)

Street parties, concerts and fireworks displays are organized all over the city, particularly in the Ribeira neighbourhood.

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CLIMATE AND WEATHER IN Porto

Porto enjoys a Mediterranean climate with an oceanic influence.
Rain is quite abundant, temperatures are mild in winter, and summers are pleasantly warm and sunny.

Month Min. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Max. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Average Rains (MM) Best Time to Travel
January 5/41 14/57.2 158/6.2 Not the best period to go
February 6/42.8 15/59 110/4.3 Not the best period to go
March 8/46.4 17,5/63.5 146/5.75 Not the best period to go
April 9/48.2 18/64.4 95,5/3.76 Good period to go Good period to go
May 11,5/52.7 20/68 96/3.8 Good period to go Good period to go
June 14,5/58.1 23,5/74.3 40/1.6 Good period to go Good period to go
July 16/60.8 25/77 20,5/0.8 Good period to go Good period to go
August 16/60.8 25,5/77.9 33/1.3 Good period to go Good period to go
September 15/59 24/75.2 72/2.8 Good period to go Good period to go
October 12/53.6 21/69.8 104/4.1 Good period to go Good period to go
November 9/48.2 17/62.6 147/5.8 Not the best period to go
December 6/42.8 14,5/58.1 167/6.6 Not the best period to go
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Porto-Francisco Sá-Carneiro International Airport

The Porto-Francisco Sá-Carneiro airport is located approximately 11 kilometres (6.2 miles) northwest from the city centre.

  • One terminal

Getting from the airport to Porto and back:
  • By car
    • Accessible via highway 107 and the IC 24. Travel time is around 15 minutes.
    • 5 parking facilities are available:
      - P0: EUR 1,10 for the first 15 minutes, then EUR 1 per extra 15 minutes (EUR 24 25 for 24 hours).
      - P1: EUR 0.95 for the first 15 minutes, then EUR 0.85 per extra 15 minutes (EUR 14 for 24 hours).
      - P4: EUR 0.75 for the first 15 minutes, then EUR 0.70 per extra 15 minutes (EUR 10.50 for 24 hours).
      - P6: EUR 0.60 for the first 15 minutes, then EUR 0.60 per extra 15 minutes (EUR 8 for 24 hours). - P9: EUR 0.55 for the first 15 minutes, then EUR 0.55 per extra 15 minutes (EUR 7.50 for 24 hours).
    • Several car rental companies have counters in the arrivals hall (ground level).
  • By metro
    • Line E of the Metro (the purple line) connects the airport to the city every 20 to 30 minutes from 6 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Travel time is about 30 minutes, and a single ticket costs EUR 2. For further information, please visit https://en.metrodoporto.pt
  • By bus
    • Lines 601, 602 and 604 run between the airport and the city centre from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. One single ticket costs EUR 2.
  • By taxi
    • Taxis are available at the ranks outside the arrivals hall. Vehicles are equipped with a meter. Average fares to the centre of Porto around EUR 15 (EUR 0.74 per kilometre, plus service charge). Expect 20% increase during weekends and public holidays, and also an extra charge for heavy luggage. For further information, please visit www.antral.pt

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GETTING AROUND Porto

Porto has an efficient public transport system. In addition, the underground trains, trams, buses and funiculars all have the advantage of being relatively inexpensive. Of course, the best way to discover the city is by foot.

By tram

Three tram lines are running in the city from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. approximately (shorter operating hours in winter). The most helpful is the 1 line, which runs alongside the Douro River until Foz do Douro. One single ticket costs EUR 3.50.
Tip: If you plan on using public transport, it is recommended to purchase the Andante card in one of the Andante stores.
The Andante Tour 1 (EUR 7) offers unlimited travel over the whole network during 24 hours within your selected zone (72 hours for the Andante Tour 3, which costs EUR 15). Please remember to swap your card on the Andante terminal. For further information, please visit https://www.stcp.pt/en/travel/.

By Metro

Porto's subway system is tight and useful, but does not cover the entire city. The 6 lines all stop at Trindade station and run every day from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. Pricing depends on how far you go. If you plan on buying single tickets, they must be validated before each trip and they can be used for an hour on the whole network. You may thus change your mode of transportation without extra charges. For further information, please visit https://en.metrodoporto.pt.

By bus

The Porto bus network is extensive, with many services in particular to Jardim da Cordoaria bus terminal, Praça da Liberdade and São Bento train station (buses run from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m.). Single tickets can be bought aboard the bus (EUR 2). For further information about line, price, plans and schedules, please visit the STCP website: https://www.stcp.pt/en/travel/

By funicular

Between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. (or 8 a.m. and midnight on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays - shorter operating hours in winter), the Funicular dos Guindais goes back and forth a very steep slope and offers an exceptional vista onto the Avenida Gustavo Eiffel and the Rua Augusto Rosa. Travel time is around 1 minute, and a single ticket costs EUR 2.50.
Between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. (shorter operating hours in winter), the Teleférico de Gaia brings passengers from the Vila Nova de Gaia quays up to Serra do Pilar, 115 feet high. It takes about 5 minutes to reach your destination (full price is EUR 6 one way and EUR 9 for a return ticket. Children under 12: EUR 3 for one way and EUR 4.50 for a return ticket). For further information, please visit http://www.gaiacablecar.com/Teleferico_UK.html.

By taxi

Taxis are inexpensive and efficient, and drivers usually pleasant! Fares to the city centre are between EUR 5 and EUR 8 (expect to pay 20% more at night). All taxis are equipped with meters. Expect an extra fee if you are travelling outside of Porto (Vila Nova de Gaia for example). You can find taxi stations almost everywhere in the city centre.

By car

Driving around Porto may prove difficult, due to the topography, the narrowness of certain streets and frequent traffic jams. There are numerous underground car parks around the city (expect to pay around EUR 15 to EUR 30 per 24 hours).

By bike

With more than 70 kilometres of bike lanes (some of them along the Douro River and leading to the beaches), Porto presents great opportunities for bike rides. Average daily rental is about EUR 12.

On foot

Walking is also a great alternative for visiting the surroundings. Exploring on foot is perhaps the best way to enjoy the spirit of this magnificent city!

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Visitor information

Upon your arrival in Porto, you can get in touch with local tourism professionals for further information and to help organise your stay.

Tourist Office of Porto (Associação de Turismo do Porto)

Offers practical information and useful recommendations (accommodation, restaurants, public transport, festivals, cultural events, etc.).

  • Address: Loja Interativa Porto Welcome Center, Praça Almeida Garret 27, 4000-069 Porto
  • Telephone: +351 93 555 7024
  • Address: Tourism Office - Sé (Torre Medieval) Calçada (Torre Medieval), Calçada Dom Pedro Pitões 15, 4050-269 Porto
  • Telephone: +351 22 332 6751
  • Website: https://visitporto.travel/en-GB/home#/

Tourist Information Offices (IPoints)

Also called "IPoints", tourist information offices are located throughout the city. They will advise you on how to explore Porto and its surroundings. Listed below are the addresses of the main offices:

  • IPoint Ribeira (from April to October): Praça da Ribeira, 4050-513 Porto
  • IPoint Aliados: Rua Sampaio Bruno, Praça da Liberdade, 4000-439 Porto
  • IPoint Campanhã (from June to September): Campanhã Railway Station (ticket offices), 4300-173 Porto

Further information available online for visitors to Portugal

The official website developed and maintained by Turismo de Portugal, the national tourist board, provides a wealth of information on Porto.

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Medical information

In order to travel in the best conditions and for your health and safety, we invite you to check all information regarding preventive measures and best practices to be respected, available on the official website of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs: https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/country-files/

Your comfort, well-being and health are at the heart of Air France's concerns, and we want to help you prepare for your trip in the best way possible. Find out more about the measures taken to ensure safe travelling on our website: https://www.airfrance.fr/FR/en/common/page_flottante/information/coronavirus.htm#notre-engagement-sanitaire

See your doctor before you travel. It is also recommended to take out insurance covering medical expenses and repatriation before your trip. Porto counts several hospitals and medical institutions, as well as quality medical practitioners and health specialists.

Vaccinations

There are no vaccination requirements for visitors to Portugal.

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Water

Tap water is safe to drink in Porto.

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Administrative formalities

Entry requirements for Portugal

Travellers from the Schengen area, as well as those from the countries of the European Union not included in the area, need only be in possession of a national identity card or a passport valid for the duration of their stay in order to enter Portugal.

As a general rule, all other travellers are subject to visa requirements, although citizens of some countries may enter Portugal for a short stay of up to 90 days without a visa.

For further information, visit the website of the Portuguese border and foreign policy service (Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras): https://imigrante.sef.pt/en/entrada-em-portugal/

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Useful addresses

To enjoy peace of mind during your stay in Portugal, visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of your country.

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Essential phrases

Here are a few basic Portuguese phrases that will make your stay in Porto a little easier:

Hello / Good morning / Good afternoon: Bom dia (morning) / Boa tarde (afternoon) Hello / Good morning / Good afternoon: <em>Bom dia (morning) / Boa tarde (afternoon)</em>

Good evening: Boa noite Good evening: <em>Boa noite</em>

Goodbye: Adeus Goodbye: <em>Adeus</em>

Yes: Sim Yes: <em>Sim</em>

No: Não No: <em>Não</em>

No, thank you: Não, obrigado(a) No, thank you: <em>Não, obrigado(a)</em>

Thank you very much: Muito obrigado(a) Thank you very much: <em>Muito obrigado(a)</em>

Please: Por favor Please: <em>Por favor</em>

I don't understand: Eu não entendo I don't understand: <em>Eu não entendo</em>

Could you repeat?: Você pode repetir Could you repeat?: <em>Você pode repetir</em>

What time is it?: Que horas são ? What time is it?: <em>Que horas são ?</em>

Sorry: Com licença
Excuse me: Sorry: <em>Com licença</em><br />
Excuse me:

Airport: Aeroporto Airport: <em>Aeroporto</em>

Train station: Estação Train station: <em>Estação</em>

Taxi: Táxi Taxi: <em>Táxi</em>

Hotel: Hotel Hotel: <em>Hotel</em>

Hospital: Hospital Hospital: <em>Hospital</em>

Bank: Banco Bank: <em>Banco</em>

Telephone: Telefone Telephone: <em>Telefone</em>

I'm (…): Eu sou (…) I'm (…): <em>Eu sou (…)</em>

I'm looking for (…): Eu procuro (…) I'm looking for (…): <em>Eu procuro (…)</em>

How much is (…)?: Quanto custa (…)? How much is (…)?: <em>Quanto custa (…)?</em>

Do you have (…)?: Você tem (…)? Do you have (…)?: <em>Você tem (…)?</em>

Where can I find (…)?: Onde é que há (…)? Where can I find (…)?: <em>Onde é que há (…)?</em>

Where can I buy (…)?: Onde posso comprar (…)? Where can I buy (…)?: <em>Onde posso comprar (…)?</em>

I'd like (…): Queria (…) I'd like (…): <em>Queria (…)</em>

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Good to know

+351
+ phone number
-1 : 00
of time difference with
Madrid
Start of daylight saving time: last Sunday in March
End of daylight saving time: last Sunday in October

BANKS

Usually open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (some branches stay open until 6 p.m.)
GOVERMENT OFFICES

Usually open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
230 V / 50 Hz

Tipping
In Porto like everywhere in Portugal, tips are particularly appreciated. Waiting staff have demanding jobs and good service should be rewarded. There is no hard-and-fast rule for the percentage. Leave whatever amount you feel is appropriate.

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