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Golf in Porto and North
25 September, 2020 / , , ,

Golf in Portugal also has a history and it is exactly from the beginning that we will start this article.

It all started in 1890, with the opening of the Oporto Golfe Club. By the hand of English aristocrats, linked to the Industry, who lived in the Douro.

Northern Portugal is a region with many diversities and with every reason to believe that it only has qualities. Rain, normally abundant in this region of the country, is an essential characteristic for the creation and maintenance of golf courses.

Without forgetting the warmth of its people and the strong and diverse gastronomy, combining secular traditions and the ‘twist’ of new trends, the North has the production of some of the best wines in the world, of which we cannot fail to highlight the unique and exclusive Port Wine.

The golf has been added to all this, with unique design courses that are combined with beaches and mountains in perfect harmony.

Any golfer from any corner of the world, who has already had the experience of playing on one of these wonderful courses, knows well that it is worth returning.

VINHOS a Descobrir – Wine Market
25 September, 2020 / ,

A wine show, favoring contact with visitors and tourists.

Visitors will have the possibility to speak with the Producers, purchase wine, glass and bottle, as well as regional and gourmet products, enriching their experience.

During the Wine market, daily harmonization with wines will be carried out by an expert, sharing his knowledge so that the discovery of the best combinations is even more beneficial.

Parallel activities:

Get Together Professional – meeting with professionals from the sector: restaurants, wine cellars, bars, distributors and professional bloggers, to make the Producers and their wines known.
(Saturday the 26th, between 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm)

Daily Harmonized tastings, promoting the association of wines and gastronomy with gourmet products and regional products.

DJ in Chill Out environment

Dates: 26 and 27 September 2020
Location: Ferreira Borges Market,

Admission: 3 €
Entrance with glass: € 5, including a € 1 discount voucher when buying € 10 or more in wine.

Klimt & Monet in Porto
18 September, 2020 / , ,

Immersivus Gallery is the first gallery for immersive arts experiences in Portugal and aims to be a national artistic reference in the field.
Impressive Monet is a reinterpretation of the paintings from the founding father of Impressionism, showing the journey beyond the frame through the artist’s endless search for capturing light.

The audience will be immersed in the artist’s impressionism movement and will feel entailed by the lines and colors that are part of Monet’s world.

Brilliant Klimt’s show traces the biographical path and the artistic legacy of the Austrian artist through his iconic painting – The Kiss. This will be the main thread of the journey while exploring the influences of Klimt’s world.

Impressive Monet & Brilliant Klimt

21.08.2020 – 15.11.2020

Alfândega do Porto

Bilhetes / Tickets / Billetes – 9€

(Português) O Sol Voltou ao Porto – As Praias do Porto
4 August, 2020 / , ,

The sunny days and heat encourage you to go to the beach and in Porto you do not have to go far to find a quiet place by the sea to sunbathe, stroll, savour a delicious meal or a cool drink.

Being in a city by the beach is an easy dream to fulfil for those who are in Porto. Visit the nine Blue Flag beaches where you can enjoy the summer without giving up the city life.

PRAIA DAS PASTORAS
(SHEPHERDESS BEACH)
The beach is delimited by two piers, which protects it from the wind. It is here that the Douro River flows into the Atlantic Ocean.
It has this name because it was customary for the shepherdesses to bring their sheep here to graze on the herbs and smell the seaside.

PRAIA DO OURIGO
The bathing tradition dates back to the 16th century, when it was said that these waters healed diseases.

PRAIA DO HOMEM DO LEME
(HELM MAN BEACH)
It’s ideal for those who have children, since it has two playgrounds. It is a rocky beach, with an area of 374 sq
meters. The name comes from the bronze statue, placed on Avenida de Montevideu, which pays homage to the fishermen.

PRAIA DO CARNEIRO
(RAM BEACH)
It has an extensive beach and has been very popular since the 19th century. Some centuries ago it was agrazing area. A folk tale tells that it was here that one of those sheep strayed from its fold. The image of the
sheep was eternalized on top of the Chalé Suíço (a kiosk that still exists today in Rua do Passeio Alegre).

PRAIA DE GONDARÉM
A beach with 115 meters of extension. The name of this beach derives from the Latin and means something like “rest in the battle”. It has a stone wall that is covered because of high tides, making it safer for children.

PRAIA DOS INGLESES
(BEACH OF THE ENGLISH)
As the name implies, it was a beach preferred by the British community of Porto. An 86 sq meters sandbank, an area of very smooth slopes and fine sand.

PRAIA DA LUZ
A small beach framed by rocks and a garden area on Avenida do Brasil. When the tide is low you can see two pontoons supporting the baths of the 19th century.

PRAIA DO MOLHE
(QUAY BEACH)
It has an extension of 168 meters and it is named after the coastal structure, similar to a pontoon that advances into the sea and limits the bathing zone. The landscape is embellished by the Pérgola da Foz, a cement balustrade built in the 1930s that functions as a privileged gazebo over the sea. The staircase and the surrounding area make it one of the most beautiful beaches in Porto.

PRAIA CASTELO DO QUEIJO
Located next to Castelo do Queijo. It is a rocky area, much sought after by fishermen and people seeking to take advantage of the medicinal properties of rocks.

Suggestions by Nuno Pestana Vasconcelos
13 December, 2019 / , ,

In this small, big city, I have a habit of leaving without a destination, discovering a new Porto.

In recent years, Porto has been able to respond and reinvent itself, as a consequence of the growing effect of tourism, by presenting a growing and better offer of spaces, services and events. Enough to arouse in me a constant desire to visit the city. And a lot out there is to know.

I leave on foot, sometimes alone, but always accompanied by the camera. Much could be proposed within the traditional and usual circuits for tourists, the must see that we always find in the most varied guides and that are, in fact, not to be missed, also in this my Porto.

For a late afternoon or early evening, the meeting place has invariably been the Capela Incomum. It is an unusual space because it is partially inside an old chapel, with a cozy interior area, ideal for these colder days, but with a small terrace where we can meet and watch the sunset, weather permitting. The wine list is rich enough and the amuse bouche or tapas help to keep up a good conversation with friends, then departing the city within.

The taste and passion for photography set the tone for my suggestion to discover Porto from a more artistic and aesthetic perspective. With the “Aliados” as their starting point, surrounded by some landmark buildings, with new and luxurious hotels that dot the city, historic cafes, buildings that once hosted banks, the City Hall, etc., we can easily choose any direction, which We will certainly not be disappointed.

The architectural richness of Porto, from the oldest to the contemporary, would suggest dozens of interesting circuits in the city.

The The small streets and the narrow paths, the staircases, the sidewalks, the islands, the squares, gardens, cafes, restaurants, typical  taverns are all part of this imaginary but so real.

The churches, old movie theaters, theaters, train stations, traditional shops, in a mix of styles, spaces, decoration and experiences, all contribute to this unique beauty of a Porto that is already so European, but still stubborn. remain undefeated and true to their roots and strong traditions.

The surrounding area of ​​the Church and Convent of São Bento da Vitória, the old prison – Cadeia da Relação that hosts the Portuguese Center of Photography, ending in the beautiful Passeio das Virtues are unavoidable places to go, which I revisit and recommend.

In a diametrically opposite plan, but recognizing the effort that has been made by the municipality, promoting a less noble area of ​​the city, the eastern side, but with incredible potential, I suggest something that few have experienced: the Casa de São Roque. This beautiful house, now owned by the municipality and recently restored and adapted to host and exhibit contemporary art, is today an example of the houses of the time in Porto, for its architecture and beautiful garden. It is above all another noble space in the city, which now appears in an area that wants to become thriving and that will surely surprise Porto, its people and tourists.

Not to be missed, still in the Campanhã area, an art space – Mira Forum and Espaço Mira, especially dedicated to photography, where two galleries are born in an area where formerly abandoned warehouses are now part of a cultural circuit where they pass. some exhibitions and other events that cannot be ignored.

Where are we going out tonight?
22 November, 2019 / , , ,

The answer to this question is not always easy for those who like to go out dancing and truly enjoy music.
In most places, you always hear the same music, where you’ll find the latest radio hits, brazilian music and reggaeton.
But there are still some places, in Porto, where the music makes us travel to other times and makes us remember those moments that were special to us, or even spaces for new musical discoveries and where we can get lost in new sonorities.
To remember, the Batô returned with Noites do Baú (on the last Thursday of each month), where indie rock, which was heard in the 80s and 90s, filled the dance floor once again.
To travel back in time, Griffon’s, now in downtown Porto, is back with its matinées, now on Saturdays, which were legendary in the 80s and helped to
sharpen the musical taste of an entire generation that went there.
For new discoveries, Maus Hábitos, a reference in the city since its opening in the year when Porto was the European capital of culture and with a programme that focuses on discovering new sounds.
Also, to get lost in the night to the rhythm of new sounds, Plano B, despite being irregular in its programming, presents an alternative of two dance
floors that ensure some memorable nights.
Today, we no longer have an excuse not to go out. We’ll dance and travel through time or get lost in rhythms and the discovery of new sounds.

Miragaia Legend – Porto Legends
12 November, 2019 / , ,

Ramiro, the Christian King, attacked the Moorish fortress to rescue his wife, Queen Gaia, who had been kidnapped by Alboazar. On his return, Ramiro asked her why she was crying. Gaia, while looking at the ruins of the Alboazar’s castle, replies that she was truly happy there. Enraged, the king said to her: “Then look, Gaia (“mira, Gaia”), look closely because it is the last thing you will ever see”. And he killed her. That is where the name of the neighbourhood of Miragaia comes from.

Find out more about this and other legends of Porto’s history in the show Porto Legends.

Parade of the paper costumes is back to Foz do Douro
7 August, 2019 / , ,

Almost two thousand years ago, Saint Bartholomew died skinned in Turkey andnowadays he inspires a curious festivitycelebrated anually, in August, in the city of Porto.
The celebrations of Saint Bartholomew are one of the most anticipated events in the city, with gastronomic activites, animation and musical shows guaranteed until the beggining of September.
The tradition dates back to the 16th century, when local populations used to bath in the expectation of curing diseases such as stuttering, gout or epilepsy.
Oficially, the celebrations of Saint Bartholomew exist since the 19th century.

The festivities in honour of Saint Bartholomew have as a high point the Court of the Paper Costume. With a lot of work and months of preparation, colored paper sheets turn into authentic costumes and props that fill the streets of Porto with colour and happiness.
The parade finishes, as usual, with a dip in the waters of the Atlantic. The tradition dictates that the rictual “holy bath” should always include seven dives.

Only then will the participants be able to thank Saint Bartholomew for his favors and expect ample healing and protection benefits provided by the saint for the following year.
The parade will take place on the 25th of August and the theme of the Union of Parishes of Aldoar, Foz do Douro e Nevogilde will be a tribute to Sophiade Mello Breyner Andresen in her Centenary.
This is one of the most original events in the city and in the country, and a unique tradition in the world that, year after year, attracts a growing number of participants, both national and international.

Multi-sport offer in the most eclectic of clubs
1 April, 2019 / ,

An eclectic club that represents Porto and Portugal with 115 years of history and much more to honor its past.

When in 1904, José Marques Barbosa and José Meirelles, two young rowers founded a club, they never imagined that past all these years the centenary Sport Club of Porto would become one of the most eclectic national emblems, with sporting facilities on both embankments of the Douro river.

It’s this territorial dispersion and equipment, combined with the wide range of modalities – handball, bodybuilding, dance, adapted sports, motor sport, fencing, fitness, football, gymnastics, dumbbells, horseback riding, field hockey, rugby , paddle tennis, figure skating, tennis, sailing and volleyball – which make Sport a unique case in the world of sport, but also in terms of promoting tourism.

From the Freixo Marina to the Centro de Vela, in Leça da Palmeira, from the Centro de Remo in Gaia to the Equestrian Center in Prelada, there is no lack of choice ​​for those who seek in this metropolitan area much more than the usual tourist itineraries, which complemented by the its wide range of sporting facilities in the City Park, makes our club a ‘host’ of excellence, with unparalleled equipment on such a large scale in all these municipalities where it is distributed: Gaia, Matosinhos and Porto.

All this high level structure implies an unparalleled 115-year sporting history, translated into many national titles in the most diverse modalities and constant presence of some of our most brilliant athletes in European Championships, World Cups, World Championships and Olympic Games.

Among the many names that have passed through Sport, we remember with pride the filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira who long before being an inescapable personality of the world of cinema was also a Sport athlete in many modalities. In addition to being triple pole vault champion and racing driver, together with his brother Casimiro they took part in our first circus company.

Sport has played an unparalleled role in the formation of successive generations of young people who inhabit this metropolitan area or who at some point in their academic life have also passed through Porto.

Exhibition Escher in Alfandega
29 March, 2019 / , , ,

Hey Porto spoke with Frederico Guidiceandrea, onde of the exhibition curators and a major expert on M.C. Escher’s work

– What can people expect from this exhibition in Porto?

The exhibition covers the entire artistic career of MC Escher, starting from the early works that reflect the influence of his teacher, Jesserun de Mesquita, a major exponent of the art nouveau in the Netherlands. An important space is dedicated to the italian period, the nocturnal images of Rome, the southern Italian landscapes and studies of nature.

In the following sections the most famous works are represented: the tessellations, the impossible buildings, ribbons, regular solids, reflecting surfaces and metamorphosis. The exhibition continues with occasional works that MC Escher created on commission such as bookplates, greeting cards, postage stamps and more.

The exhibition closes with a large space devoted to the Eschermania. Here, evidence of the influence of MC Escher on the iconography of the 20th and 21st century. Book covers, psychedelic posters, LP covers, comics, magazines, videoclips and works of contemporary artists who were inspired by MC Escher.

Throughout the exhibition a series of experiential games leads the visitor into the world of MC Escher. They experience the paradoxes of perception encoded by the laws of Gestalt and  physically enter into some of MC Escher’s works.

– How would you define Escher’s art?

The art of MC Escher can be interpreted in layers. At first wonder prevails, then if you look deeper you will discover more and more details: paradoxes of perception, mathematical structures, references to the Italian landscape and to the great artists of the past. Every time I set up an exhibition, even having seen the works hundreds of times, I always discover something new.

– Which are his main references?

The main influence especially in his early work is certainly to be found in the art of his master, Jesserun de Mesquita, who was an important exponent of the Dutch Art Noveau. Later in Italy he came into contact with exponents of Futurism, in particular with the art movement called ‘Areopittura’ who loved to depict scenes and landscapes from above with an unusual use of perspective. In the later works the greatest influence came from the contacts with the world of mathematics, especially the correspondence with important mathematicians such Roger Penrose or Harlod Coxeter were the basis of many of the iconic works.

– Escher is intriguing, disturbing, disconcerting, a true genious. Do you agree?

Yes, his work captures many of the trends in the technological society. Modern scientific theories such as the theory of relativity and quantum physics have profoundly changed the way we see the world. The world is not as it appears, on a very large or very small scale it can be very counter-intuitive and paradoxical. MC Escher, through his tessellations and impossible structures, opens a window that allows us to grasp the complexity of the world.