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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.

Information:

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 reservas@superbockcasadacerveja.pt.

 

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: https://store.catavino.net/

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.

Curiosities:

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.

Cinema returns to Downtown
13 March, 2017 / ,

Cinema Trindade, in the center of Oporto, receives spectators again after the closure 16 years ago.

With the appearance of the large cinemas in shopping centers, downtown traditional cinemas lost audiences and eventually had to close their doors. A trend that has reversed now, with the reopening of Cinema Trindade and other ongoing projects.

This imposing cinema was inaugurated in 1916, with the designation “Salão Jardim Trindade”. In addition to a room with more than a thousand seats, it had an outdoor cinema terrace. This now reopened space, has adapted to modern times, with two cinema rooms separated by a foyer: one with 183 seats, the other with 168 seats. The former focuses on the cinema of authors and the latter will be a space for festivals, programmers or independent filmmakers.

The return of the cinema to the city centre will have its high point when Cinema Batalha begins to welcome the future House of the Cinema, a place that, besides showing movies, will also have a space for research. The opening is expected to take place in 2018. The Cinema Passos Manuel, next to the Coliseum, will also be modernized.

Rua do Almada 412, Porto

fotos: Miguel Nogueira/CM Porto

 

Rua de Santa Catarina
19 February, 2017 /

Shopping and fun

It is the ideal street for shopping. With hundreds of shops and constant animation, it has many places not to be missed.

Rua de Santa Catarina has a length of 1500 meters in downtown Porto; it is the favorite place for Porto locals and tourists to shop. Part of this street is pedestrian, which makes it the perfect place to do window-shopping, buying from clothing to traditional Portuguese products or even handicrafts in stalls placed along the sidewalks. It has also become a place of permanent animation, thanks to the many street artists who perform every day for those who pass by.

From the more traditional shops to the international brands, it provides the consumer with a variety to satisfy all tastes. The cafes, restaurants and terraces allow you to rest from your walk or feel an increasingly cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Due to its central location, it is also the ideal starting point to discover Porto.

Points of interest

Café Majestic – Opened in 1921, it is the most famous café in Porto. An exquisite space full of glamour, with a unique decoration where the mirrors, the imposing entrance and the interior patio stand out.

Capela das Almas/Chapel of the Souls – Built at the beginning of the 18th century, this chapel stands out for its façade covered with tiles, representing steps of the life of St. Francis of Assisi and St. Catherine.

Decoração Arte Nova – the facades of Ourivesaria Reis & Filhos (Jeweller) and the Latin Library Bookstore, both next to the Church of Santo Ildefonso, are decorated with cast iron sculptures in Art Nouveau style

Via Catarina – housed in a building that once served as headquarters for a newspaper, this shopping center, in addition to numerous shops, it has a restaurant area that resembles a typical street in the city

Pérola Negra: vintage nights in the heart of Baixa
19 February, 2017 / ,

Pérola Negra regains the spirit of the 80s and 90s nights in a space that has an aesthetic “retro”, burlesque and where fun is guaranteed.

It is one of the latest nightlife venues in the city of Porto. Pérola Negra, which for more than 40 years served as a nightclub for male audiences, and has maintained the decoration where dark wood predominates, the walls with mirrors and red-lined benches around a dance floor with stage and crystal ball.

Today it is a place of diversion for several generations, located downtown and, therefore, ideal for a well-spent night. In addition to this new concept of “a space for everyone”, Pérola Negra also focuses on recovering the spirit of the nights of the 80’s and 90’s, when the night began with the opening of the dance floor, with smoke effects and a specific song. Then, as the hours pass, the music changes to more recent songs and the dance floor is overrun with the latest dance music hits.

Rua de Gonçalo Cristóvão 284, Porto

Information / Booking  tel:-935200913

Fantasporto: fantastic cinema at the Rivoli
19 February, 2017 / ,

Between February 20 and March 4, the Porto-Fantasporto International Film Festival will be showing 132 films from 35 countries, including world premieres.

Ranked among the top 10 independent festivals in the world, Fantasporto is part of the city’s cultural tradition. The 37th edition presents the best selection of fantastic and contemporary cinema in the form of long and short films, animation and experimental cinema.

The official opening will begin with The Age of Shadows by Jee-woon Kim. The world premiere will be “TheEvilWithin” (USA), the only film directed by the late Andrew Getty. Award-winning films were also selected from Cannes, Locarno, Venice and Toronto.  Retrospectively, the Taiwanese Action Cinema and a selection of modern Argentine cinema are highlighted.

One of the novelties of this year will be the “Mini Me” section, dedicated to children and pre-adolescent audiences. Apart from all this, the program also includes conferences, workshops and an exhibition.

Teatro Municipal Rivoli, Porto

Tickets: 5 euros (except for the opening and closing sessions)