Suggestions

The suggestions of Nuno Botelho, president of the Commercial Association of Porto
7 June, 2018 / ,

Nuno Botelho is an entrepreneur who stands out in the new generation of Portuguese entrepreneurs. He is the President of the Porto Commercial Association, which has its headquarters and manages the emblematic Palácio da Bolsa and is the oldest business association in the country.

Shareholder and founder of the company responsible for the largest national wine event – the “Essência do Vinho”, which annually brings together hundreds of producers and thousands of visitors. He holds the “Revista de Vinhos”, leading publication of the wine and gastronomy sectors in Portugal, and leads the expansion of this business group in Portugal and Brazil.

Nuno Botelho holds a law degree from the Catholic University of Porto and a post-graduate degree in Banking, Stock and Insurance from the University of Coimbra. He is currently vice-president of the Porto Tourism Association, a commentator on radio programs and a chronicler in the city’s main newspaper, Jornal de Notícias.

Bar

My choice is the Vip Lounge of the Porto Palácio Hotel. I do not have as many opportunities to go there as I would like, but I am always amazed by the wide views over Porto, Gaia and Matosinhos. It is a very pleasant place where the horizon seems to have no end.

Restaurant

Definitely the Adega de São Nicolau. For the delicious octopus fillets and other specialties, but also for a very home like atmosphere and a somewhat homemade treatment which helps keep alive a strong tradition in Porto: knowing how to host.

Tour

The downtown of Porto from Rua Passos Manuel to Clérigos, Carlos Alberto and the Leões square. Then descend to Lóios, following Rua das Flores and finish at the Palácio da Bolsa.

A secret of the city

In Porto we do not mind much on keeping this secret … The Tasca da Badalhoca in Ramalde and its mythical ham sandwich continues to be a unique and original destination.

Ideal place to think about new projects

The light, the environment and the sea landscape in Foz are always an inspiring place for new ideas. Ideally in the bar of Praia da Luz, with a Porto tonic or a glass of vinho verde and a beautiful sunset.

Infante Dom Henrique Garden: A tribute to the Portuguese Discoveries
6 June, 2018 / , ,

This square, located in the heart of the historic center, is the ideal place to relax between walks in the city’s alleys and visits to points of interest that surround this garden.

Standing on top of a pedestal, stands the statue which gave this garden its name, and was inaugurated in 1900. The Infante Dom Henrique (1394-1460) was a noble navigator and important figure of the Age of the Portuguese Discoveries. He will have been born nearby, at Casa do Infante.

The Streets of Ferreira Borges, Infante D. Henrique, Mouzinho da Silveira and the Bolsa set the limits of this square which was previously an integral part of the fence of the Convent of St. Domingos.

The privileged location of this square allows amazing views of the surrounding emblematic buildings, such as the Stock Exchange Palace, the Ferreira Borges Market, St. Francis Church and the Parish Church of St. Nicholas.

Rua do Infante Dom Henrique, Porto

How to get there:

Bus: 1M, 500, 900, 901, 906, ZH, ZM, ZR and 10M

Tram: STCP – Infante – Passeio Alegre

The bridges of Porto
6 June, 2018 / ,

The Douro River is one of the symbols of the City of Porto and many defend that the best view of the city is the view from the river. There are 6 bridges that now connect the banks of Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia: 2 in iron and 4 in concrete. One of the bridges is inactive, one is a railway, the other is split between the metro and other vehicles, and the rest are used for road transit between the two cities.

The crossing between the banks of Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia was initially done on boats and barges. Later, the need to build a permanent crossing arose so in the year 1806, the Ponte Das Barcas was born. This bridge consisted of 20 boats connected by steel cables, allowing passage from one shore to the other whilst, at the same time, allowing the passage of river traffic as it was easily “opened”. The Ponte Das Barcas was destroyed during the flight of the Porto population during the invasion of the French army. After this disaster, which caused many hundreds of deaths, the Ponte Pênsil was built and later deactivated with the inauguration of the Ponte D. Luís in 1866. This bridge, with 2 layers, has the largest wrought iron arch in the world.

Even before the Ponte D. Luís was built, the Ponte Maria Pia was inaugurated serving as a rail link between Porto and Gaia and, consequently, Porto and Lisbon. Today, it is inactive having been replaced by the Ponte São João in 1991.

In 1963 the Ponte da Arrábidawas inaugurated, beating another world record with the largest arch in reinforced concrete. This is the main connection between the two banks of the Douro River.

The most upstream bridge is the Pont do Freixo inaugurated in 1995. In fact, this bridge is actually two bridges separated by only 10 cm. It was built to minimize congestion on the Arrábida and D. Luis bridges.

The 6th bridge built is Ponte do Infante and was born to replace the upper board of the Ponte D. Luís, which has since become exclusively used by the Metro. It connects the Historic Center to the Serra do Pilar.

The six bridges can be enjoyed in one of the many boat trips that cross the Douro from the Ponte do Freixo to the Ponte da Arrábida. This tour takes about 1 hour.

Portuguese Bread Festival: The taste of tradition in Albergaria-a-Velha
6 June, 2018 / , ,

Albergaria-a-Velha hosts the Bread Festival of Portugal from 1 to 3 June, an event that will receive more than 70 varieties of Portuguese bread from various regions of the country.

Apart from different flavors, they differ in terms of their tradition in the manufacture and enormous quality of a product that is strongly present in Portuguese gastronomy, either as an accompaniment, meal or as dessert, since Portugal has a wide variety of sweet breads.

But not only bread makes this festival! The Portuguese Bread Festival also receives varied elements, such as jam, cheese, sausages, cold cooked meat amongst others.

The event will also have a space dedicated to the manufacture, where the attendees will be made aware of all the steps for the confection of this food. Still on the gastronomic slope, and in addition to the presence of several restaurants, it will be possible to watch the food shows.

In addition to the gastronomic event, the festival offers leisure, cultural and sporting moments, such as visits to the mills of Albergaria-a-Velha, a documentary film festival, concerts and entertainment for all ages.

Information:

Schedules:

June 1 – 5 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

June 2 – 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.

June 3 – 10:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Quinta Boa Vista, Albergaria-a-Velha

Free entry

The beaches of Porto
17 May, 2018 / , ,

The sunny days and heat encourage you to go to the beach and in Porto youdo not have to go far to nd a quietplace 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 ful-l for those who are in Porto. Visit the nine BlueFlag beaches where you can enjoy the summer without giving up the city life.

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 theshermen.

PRAIA DO CARNEIRO (RAM BEACH)

It has an extensive beach and has been very popu- lar since the 19th century. Some centuries ago it was a grazing 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 DAS PASTORAS (SHEPHERDESS BEACH)

The beach is delimited by two piers, which protects itfrom the wind. It is here that the Douro River ows intothe Atlantic Ocean. It has this name because it was cus- tomary for the shepherdesses to bring their sheep here to graze on the herbs and smell the seaside.

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 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 balus- trade 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 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 ne 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 CASTELO DO QUEIJO

Located next to Castelo do Queijo. It is a rocky area,much sought after by shermen and people seeking totake advantage of the medicinal properties of rocks.

Photo credits: Marisa Pinheiro

The Pharmacy Museum of Porto – The History of Humanity through Health
19 March, 2018 / ,

It is one of the lesser-known museums in Porto, but the stories it tells begin millions of years ago. Until March objects that have never been exposed will be shown.

Although situated off the usual tourist circuit, this museum exhibits and displays pieces that will arouse the interest of visitors of all ages. Until March 31, and to commemorate the 21 years of this museum, take advantage of the opportunity to visit the exhibition “Global Museum 20 + 1”, with objects that are now being shown for the first time to the public, as are the packaging of the first penicillin taken in  Portugal in 1945.

An iron mask, used in the seventeenth century to treat psychological or moral illnesses, or the backpack of medicines used by mountain climber João Garcia when he climbed the Everest are some of the articles you can see in this exhibition.

The Museum of Pharmacy shows objects used in ancient civilizations and different cultures, such as Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, the Incas, the Aztecs, Islam, Africa, Tibet, China or Japan amongst others. A reconstitution of an old Portuguese pharmacy shows the patrimony of the Portuguese pharmacy.

Information:

Rua Engª Ferreira Dias, 728, Porto

Hours: Monday to Friday, from 10 to 18h00 and the last Saturday of each month from 14 to 18h00.

Tickets: Adult € 5.00; Student € 3.50; 65 years and over, € 3.50; 50% for holders of Porto Card

The suggestions of João Espírito Santo
15 February, 2018 / , ,

One of the most famous Portuguese dentists, frequent TV show guest and a with a charitable mission: make people smile and care of their oral health regardless of their economical standing.

In Portugal, he’s mainly known as “Senhor Doutor” (Mr. Doctor) or “Doutor João” (Doctor João), thanks to a television show that offers dental treatment to the less fortunate. Besides his appointments and investigation, he teaches at Portuguese and Spanish schools.

Born in Porto in 1979, João Espírito Santo studied and worked most of his time in the city, where he founded and runs the Medical Art Center clinic. Porto, and mainly Foz, are his base despite having to travel frequently the past few years for academic and business reasons. Here is where he lives and where he has his clinic as well as some of his favorite spots. João Espírito Santo, married and a father of three, enjoys traditional dishes and restaurants, but doesn’t pass up a family stroll along the ocean or close to the Rio Douro.

 

  • Bar 

Casa do Livro (R. da Galeria de Paris, 85 Porto)

Fé Wine & Club (Praça D. Filipa de Lencastre nº1)

  • Restaurant

Cepa Torta

  1. de Gondarém 843, Porto
  • A stroll

The gardens of Serralves

Or a bike ride from Foz to Afurada, crossing by boat and coming back through the ponte D. Luís (D. Luís bridge)

  • Romantic place

Jardins do Museu do Vinho Porto –  Rua de Monchique 94

  • A city secret (a place that is not well known)

Ham rolls at Casa Bacelar (Praça Dom Afonso V, 55, Porto) Hake fillets or Arroz de Cabidela (Cabidela rice) at the Restaurante A Capoeira (Esplanada do Castelo 63, Porto) Capela de Santa Teresinha (Chapel Santa Teresinha)

 

Galeria da Biodiversidade – Centro Ciência Viva
6 February, 2018 / , , , ,

Entirely dedicated to biodiversity, the Galeria da Biodiversidade – Centro Ciência Viva is so much more than a museum. This modern space, which combines science and art, is made to create unforgettable memories.  It hosts the photographic exhibition Photo Ark up until the end of April

The center integrates the Museu de História Natural e da Ciência da Universidade do Porto (MHNC-UP) (Natural History and Science Museum of the University of Porto), which along with the Jardim Botânico (Botanical Garden) represents one of the hubs connected to the University of Porto.

Located in the legendary Casa Andresen – which inspired the renowned Portuguese poet Sophia de Mello Breyner – the Galeria da Biodiversidade is also surrounded by the Botanical Garden, an equally mandatory stop for science lovers, It is a place where art meets biology and natural history, stimulating interactivity and sensorial experiences. The permanent exhibition integrates 49 very unique narrative modules and installations, organized by 15 main themes that approach several aspects within biological and cultural diversity. From mechanical models to multimedia platforms, there are several ways of bringing together the visitor and the stories told through science, literature and art.

 

 

Photographic Noah’s Ark

Until the 29th April, the Biodiversity Gallery hosts the National Geographic Photo Ark, based on a project from Joel Sartore.  This photographer set a goal 10 years ago: photograph all existing species held in captivity, to create one of the largest archives of biodiversity in the world. This “Photographic Noah’s Ark” is intended to create public awareness towards the conservation of vulnerable animals. The exhibition already pictures over 7000 species and you do not want to miss on seeing its greatest pictures here.

 

Information:

Galeria da Biodiversidade (Gallery of Biodiversity)

Rua do Campo Alegre, n.º 1191, Porto

Schedule: from Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm

Regular Ticket: 5€

 

 

 

 

The Porto of Catarina Beirão
15 January, 2018 / , ,

She is 17 years old and the beaches of Porto and Matosinhos are almost a second home for this promising Portuguese surfer and female regional champion in the U-18 category. Her passion for surfing surfaced five years ago and has already led to many national and foreign beaches, but it is in Porto that are some of her favorite places.

The athlete of Porto Surf Club does not hide her passion for the sea and the beaches of Porto, and shares with the readers of Hey Porto some of her suggestions for days well spent in the city.

Bar: Bonaparte, Avenida Brasil

I like the environment. I like it because it is a traditional bar in the area where I have always lived, because there are great “pregos” (pork steaks), and because I go there with family and friends.

 

Restaurant- Picaba – Edifício Transparente – Healthy food, in front of the ocean and the beach where I started to surf. The employees know us and make us feel at home. It has a Surf menu and because, no matter how many times I go there, I never get tired of it.

 

Stroll:  seaside walkwayl from the mouth of the Douro River to the Ribeira – walking for me has to be on the shore with the ripples caressing my feet. I am fortunate to live in a unique area of ​​Porto, almost in front of the sea, where I can take this particular stroll very regularly. A walk that is never the same, because the uniqueness of the sea is what makes us always see it differently. There is an unmistakable scent of the sea, and even on foggy and cold days the “whistle” sound (sound coming from the lighthouse to warn the boats on foggy days) makes this tour unique.

 

Ideal place for surfing: Maceda beach (Ovar, Aveiro)

I love the access through the middle of the forest, dunes and cliffs that constitute the beach. Looks like a dream surf spot!

 

A secret of the city: Jardim das Virtudes (Garden of Virtues) – has been less known … but remains a place with some magic. I remember the first time I went there and realized the wonderful view that this garden has. A view to our river Douro and, at the same time in the middle of Baixa, with the court and the garden of Cordoaria at the back. I have no doubt that whenever someone goes there for the first time they will be surprised to have one of the most beautiful views of our 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.

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