Coliseu do Porto – A symbol of the city’s culture
5 December, 2017 / ,

More than a building that marks the landscape of downtown, the Coliseum of Porto (Coliseu do Porto) is an example of overcoming difficulties and the way the people of Porto defend their symbols.

The current building was inaugurated on December 19, 1941, reflecting on a project in which several architects participated and the Modernism that marked the end of the 30’s. However, in the place where the Coliseum is today , there was the Jardim Passos Manuel Hall, a place not only for cinema shows, but also for parties, a music hall and painting exhibitions that had been built in the beginning of the 20th century. The success of this concept led the owner to consider enlarging it. In 1938 the Coliseum began to be built, and was inaugurated with a Gala soiree. This inaugural concert was revived during the celebrations of the 50th anniversary.

From its inauguration, until the end of the 60’s, the theater received cinema, concerts, operas and circuses. Renowned names like Marcel Marceau and Rudolf Nureyev passed by during that period. In the 70’s, the Coliseum also welcomed the Cine-Studio Passos Manuel, a smaller room dedicated to the author’s cinema.

There were two of the most striking episodes in the life of the Coliseum in the mid-1990s: in 1995 rumors surfaced that it would be sold to the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, which led hundreds of people to protest for several days in front of the building. Due to the pressure, the company owner finally agreed to sell the building to the Association of Friends of the Coliseum of Porto, which emerged from this wave of solidarity between artists, cultural agents and anonymous figures.


On September 28 of the following year, and a few hours after the Portugal Fashion shows finished, a tragic event in the Coliseum and the city came about: a fire destroyed the stage, damaging the room and the dressing rooms. Once again, institutions, companies and private individuals united in an exemplary effort, ensuring the reopening of the Coliseum in December of that year, fulfilling, as always, the tradition of receiving the Christmas Circus.

The Coliseum modernized in the late 90’s and today remains one of the main stages of the city.

A month to celebrate Christmas
4 December, 2017 / ,

Until January 7, Porto illuminates with the colors of Christmas. From a giant tree to ice rinks, there is fun for the whole family.

Christmas lights are already a long tradition in the city of Porto, but this year they go even further, taking the magic of the festive season to other streets. Nearly two million micro bulbs, neon and LED, in white, gold and blue will make the streets of Porto shine and work not only as a background for Christmas shopping in Baixa and Boavista, but also in places such as the Campanhã station, Bonfim , Marquês, Carvalhido and Foz.

The beginning of this Christmas period takes place on December 1st, at dusk, when the giant tree is placed in front of the Town Hall building, as well as the Christmas lights in all the streets. In the Aliados the moment will be marked with a concert and fireworks. But whoever misses this moment still will have much to see until the 7th of January.

During this period, two ice rinks will be operating: one in D. João I Square and another in Mouzinho de Albuquerque Square (Rotunda da Boavista). Here is also more entertainment for all ages.

And on December 31, as usual, the New Year’s Eve party is centered around the Aliados but spreads all over the city.

Walking – Chapel of Fradelos
7 November, 2017 / , , , ,


“O Porto a penantes” – Penantes is a typical Porto expression that means “walking” – it is a personal project of Joaquim Lino, who likes to walk and photograph some of the corners of the city. He will be sharing with Hey Porto! readers every month some of these tours, leaving suggestions so that those who visit the city can discover secrets that often, not even the people of Porto know.

Recently, in one of these walks through the city, he entered the Chapel of Fradelos, a small late-19th-century church, located at the intersection of Guedes de Azevedo and Sá da Bandeira streets, which is generally off the main tourist routes but deserves to be known. On the main façade and in the interior there are tiles by Jorge Colaço, the same author of the tiles that decorate the Station of St. Benedict and the Church of St. Ildefonso. The stucco ceiling decorated by gold center medallions stands out.


Bandstands of Porto – Party time
17 October, 2017 /

The gardens of Marquês, Passeio Alegre and São Lázaro will have further excitement during the month of September. There will be celebrations at the bandstands, with workshops and music for all ages.

The bandstands arrived in the gardens of Porto in the 19th century. Inspired by what were already commonplace in France and England, aiming to provide the population with free access to culture. There were portable bandstands that were assembled only on festivity days.

The gardens remain until the present day and during the month of September there will be workshops and music, attracting afternoon dancing. Access is free.



03/09 | 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.: late afternoon dancing


07 / 09 – 10 / 09 | 16h00-18h00: workshops

10/09 | 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.: late afternoon dancing


14 / 09 – 17 / 09 | 16h00-18h00: workshops

17/09 | 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Inauguration + late afternoon dancing

Porto Sunday Sessions
22 August, 2017 / ,

Music on a Sunday afternoon

Porto Sunday Sessions is already a summer tradition in Porto. To stop by the City Park on a Sunday afternoon is a must to crown the weekend in a pleasant way.

Music, a relaxing atmosphere and closeness to nature are a perfect combination to finish the weekend. The scenery of the City Park, a large green space close to the sea, is ideal for a perfect late afternoon with friends and family.  Every Sunday until September 17, it will also be a place to listen to music.

DJs performances create the perfect soundtrack for get-togethers among people of all ages, enjoying good weather and fresh air.


Porto City Park (Parque da Cidade)

6, 13, 20 and 27 August

September 10 and 17

Between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Free admission

Museu Romântico da Quinta da Macieirinha
10 July, 2017 /

Memories of a king and of a golden age

Surrounded by gardens of the Palácio de Cristal overlooking the Douro River, the Romantic Museum of Quinta da Macieirinha is a veritable trip back in time to the Romantic period.

The building was built in the middle of the 18th century, in an area of ​​the city where the estates owned by the great merchants were commonplace. In addition to leisure venues, with gardens and wooded areas, these farms also had orchards and vegetable gardens.

Quinta da Macieirinha was also the place where the King Carlos Alberto de Sabóia – who had abdicated from the Principality of Piedmont and Sardinia and had sought exile in Porto – died on July 28, 1849.

In the 60’s, the Porto Council Chamber decided to use the farm to recreate the environment of the nineteenth century, a period of great liveliness of the city. After purchasing the building, several pieces were collected for his estate. Humberto de Sabóia, Carlos Alberto’s great-great grandson, offered the replicas of the furniture in the room where his grandfather had died. The newspapers, magazines and paintings of the time were an important source of information to revive the environment of the time. The offerings of the Soares dos Reis Museum and other individuals and some acquisitions completed the collection that can be seen today. The museum was inaugurated on July 27, 1972.

The collection

Furniture – The Empire style furniture and romantic features dominates the collection.

Painting- Among the wall paintings, Canvas Room Murals and Billiards are featured, as well as works by Roquemont and Francisco José Resende, with costumes and popular scenes of the nineteenth century. The painting collection also includes the portrait of King Carlos Alberto, a landscape of Porto and flower paintings.

Textiles – Rugs, curtains and a vast collection of 19th century clothing are representative of the techniques and tastes of the time, as well as the habits and customs of the period.

Decorative Arts – Objects in glass, ceramics, wood, silver and metal, characteristic of the time.


Rua de Entre Quintas, 220 Porto

Opening Hours:  Monday to Saturday, from 10h00 to 17h30 and Sunday from 10h00 to 12h30 and 14h00 to 17h30.

Closed on bank holidays

Price: Free at weekends. Weekday entry: € 2.00 per person

Casa da Cerveja
10 July, 2017 /

Be a brewmaster for one day



This beer is appreciated all over the world and has won several international awards. In addition to enjoying the taste, you can also find out how SuperBock is produced.


The Super Bock Casa da Cerveja (Beerhouse) is a must-see for fans of the brand. Located in the Production Center of Unicer, in Leça do Balio, it consists of sophisticated environments, where innovation of architecture and decoration stands out.

There is a circuit that allows seeing the whole process of brewing beer, from the raw materials to the production of the wort, passing through fermentation. This process ends in the bottling, where you can hear the tinkling of the bottles. Visitors also get to notice the remarkable moments, stories and curiosities of the SuperBock brand.


The tour ends in the lounge, where tasting of two harmonies with beer are presented. A wide range of branded items is available at the store.


The tours last approximately 90 minutes, with a maximum capacity of 50 people per visit. They take place between Wednesday and Sunday, at 10:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. (in English, French and Spanish) with prior bookings made in advance via e-mail


Address: R. de Santos Lessa, 4465-332 Leça do Balio


The great party of Porto students
8 May, 2017 /

From May 7 to 14 the Porto university students are celebrating and the city is invaded by a huge wave of color and joy. Concerts, a gigantic parade and other cultural activities involve more than 350,000 students.

The tradition stands for decades. For a week, Porto’s university students are partying, going out in the street with their academic apparel, black robes and their top hats, walking sticks and ribbons in the folders that bear the color of each course. The party begins with a monumental serenade, at midnight on Sunday, the 7th. On Tuesday, during the afternoon and night, the students walk the streets of the city in a procession that ends up involving their relatives, townspeople and tourists. The march begins next to the Rectory of the University of Porto and ends in the Aliados.

The Blessing of the folders Mass, which also takes place in the Aliados, is another high point of an intense program, which also includes concerts in the City Park. On the 13th, the Kaiser Chiefs step on stage.

Bolhão Market through the eyes of two Americans
23 April, 2017 / , ,

The Undiscovered Food Stories of Northern Portugal mentions the Bolhão Market as the character of the book. With texts by Gabriella Opaz and Sonia Andresson and photos by Ryan Opaz, this book which is written in English, is a declaration of love to one of the most mythical places in Porto.

Bolhão is the central point of the stories that are told here: the sellers who are the soul of the market, but also the products that are sold there daily, including recipes of typical dishes and their regions.

The book TheUndiscoveredFoodStoriesofNorthern Portugal, by GabriellaOpaz and Sónia Andresson (Book Workshop), was nominated for the Special Prize of the prestigious GourmandWorldCookbookAwards, also known as the “Oscars” of the kitchen.


GabriellaOpaz, one of the authors, revealed to Hey Porto that the inspiration for this book was  the market sellers themselves and the they d manner in which they deal  with hardtimes, always contributing to preserve the Portuguese cultural heritage. Among the many products on sale in the market, GabriellaOpaz highlights the Avintes broa, the succulent olives of the Douro and the fish.


The Undiscovered Food Stories of Northern Portugal

GabriellaOpaz and SoniaAndresson

Available for sale at:

Rua das Flores
14 March, 2017 /

A charming historic street is now in fashion

Newly renovated, this is one of the trendiest streets in the city. Restaurants, traditional shops and historic buildings make Rua das Flores a must see for anyone who wants to get to know the true spirit of the city.

It was in the time of D. Manuel that Rua das Flores appeared in 1521. One of the reasons for its name may be because it had many gardens, and so Rua de Santa Catarina das Flores was created. The objective was to connect the Largo de S. Domingos and the Porta de Carros, a door of the Fernandina (from the reign of D. Fernando) wall located at the top of Almeida Garrett Square.

In the following years some aristocrats of the city settled there. The houses, marked with coats of arms and decorated with beautiful balconies, still exist today and constitute beautiful examples of the civil architecture of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Also worthy of mention is the Misericórdia Church, by Nicolau Nasoni, which has one of the most emblematic baroque façades of Porto.

This street is a pedestrian zone and therefore ideal for walking slowly, noting small details such as the electricity boxes painted with typical expressions of the Porto residents or the facades and shop windows of traditional shops. In addition to the shopping facilities, there are cafes and restaurants, ideal for a short break.


Much of the area where the Rua das Flores was opened belonged to the Church and in the older houses it is still possible to see symbols which were attributed to the property of the bishop and the cathedral chapter: the spiked wheel of the martyrdom of Santa Catarina (in the property of the Bishop) or the figure of the archangel S. Miguel (symbol of belonging to the cathedral chapter).

This street was also famous for a crime that occurred in the 19th century: the physician Urbino de Freitas was accused of killing a nephew with poisoned almonds in order to inherit his father-in-law’s fortune. The poisoned gifts were delivered to Rua das Flores and were also destined for two other nieces who lived there, but who eventually survived.