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Porto’s own international fantasy film festival, and one of Portugal’s most important film festivals, it features both blockbusters and art films.

Date: 22 February 2019 - 02 March 2019
Venue: Rivoli Teatro Municipal.

Serralves Festival

Having first taken place in 2004, the Serralves Festival is fast establishing itself as one of Portugal's biggest festivals of contemporary arts, it takes place over a single weekend and features 40 hours of non-stop music, theatre, dance, film and other activities.

Date: 01 June 2019 - 03 June 2019
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Serralves Park

São João Festival (St John Festival)

This is the biggest festival on the Porto calendar, attracting people from all over the country to the historic city centre for a huge party that features musical events, barbecuing in the streets, a massive fireworks display and people banging each other on the head with plastic hammers.

Date: 23 June 2019 - 24 June 2019
Venue: City centre.

Porto Marathon and Half Marathon

Annual races on a course running from the south bank of the Douro via the Atlantic coastline and Porto city centre.

Date: 03 November 2019 - 03 November 2019
Venue: City centre start.

São Silvestre Running Race

This race starts and finishes by the Porto City Hall in Praça General Humberto Delgado, and attracts around 5,000 participants.

Date: 31 December 2019 - 31 December 2019
Venue: City Hall.

Featured Hotels


Grande Hotel do Porto

The Grande Hotel do Porto was designed by the architect Silva Sardina and opened in 1880. The hotel has 99 rooms, and they all have air-conditioning, broadband Internet access and beautifully tiled bathrooms. The hotel, and particularly the restaurant, has a distinct old world charm and atmosphere. It is located on Porto's main shopping street in the city centre.

The Yeatman

Opened in 2010, the 82-room Yeatman is something of a new departure for hotels in Porto because it is situated in Vila Nova de Gaia, on the south side of the river. However, its location across the water affords excellent views of the old city. The emphasis is solidly on luxury, fine dining and high quality relaxation – there is an extensive spa area to complement the accommodation, and the rooftop swimming pool and terrace are perfect for sun lovers.

Hotel Nave

A basic, but comfortable, cheap hotel in Porto located not far from the Campanha railway station, Hotel Nave is a friendly, convenient place to stay in Porto. It has a restaurant and a bar with internet access points. All guest rooms have individual air conditioning with remote control.

Pestana Porto

One of the most popular boutique hotels in Porto, the Pestana Porto has a fantastic location down by the riverfront, overlooking the river and with a view across to the port wine cellars of Vila Gaia di Nova. There are 63 rooms, a restaurant offering a wide range of regional and national dishes and a bar with live music. The hotel also has several meeting and conference rooms. Bicycle hire is also available.

Quality Inn Porto

Centrally located on Batalha Square (Praça da Batalha), the Quality Inn Porto is convenient, with the river and all the main attractions within a few minutes' walk. All guest rooms have air-conditioning as well as internet contact points.

HF Ipanema Porto

A short walk from the city centre, and close to several leading attractions, the HF Ipanema Porto offers comfortable accommodation at a very reasonable price. The aim is to provide a relaxing environment; the bar is quiet and the restaurant offers a range of international cuisine.