One of Europe’s liveliest annual street parties, Festa da São João do Porto (Festival of São Jão), took place yesterday and ended today in Porto, Portugal, with it’s traditional attractions of outdoor music, dancing, festive food and drink delights and fireworks by the river entertaining the thousands of visitors who attended.
Porto was not listed on our earlier post this year outlining some of the destinations to travels to in 2015, but having recently returned from there, it should have been! The city has plenty to offer a discerning traveller with it’s historical sights, colourful buildings, cultural activities and gastronomic experience.
The focal point of Porto is the Dom Luis I bridge and the banks of the river Douro which provide a hive of activity and entertainment. The top tier of the 19th century steel arched bridge provides a scenic overview of the historical part of Porto and the river Douro as it heads both inland and out to the Atlantic Ocean.
Porto is probably most famous for its production of port wine and visitors have ample opportunities to sample and taste the various tipples on offer at bars, restaurants and directly via the producers who run tours of their cellars in the district of Vila Nova de Gaia on the south bank of the river Douro opposite the main city of Porto. Some of the producers also run cruises in traditional wooden boats to the Douro Valley along the river to see where the port wine comes from.
Other principal sites of interest in Porto include the old and the new, the new modern design building of Casa de Música where concerts and cultural events take place and the Bolhão market, a traditional and old looking market which sells local produce from dried cod fish to meats, sweets and of course wine.
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Below is a brief timelapse video, captured with the Olympus OM-D EM-1 camera, which illustrates life by the Dom Luis I bridge and the banks of the river Douro in Porto. To see the video in HD, click on ‘HD’ on the video player interface and it will take you to vimeo.com.