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Porto Holidays Overview
Porto is the economic capital of Northern Portugal and is situated at the mouth of the River Douro on the west coast. The hilly centre of Porto, known at the Ribeira district, is a maze of twisting lanes, old churches and steep staircases, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Zone.
The city is currently undergoing a period of urban renewal and regeneration, and has a modern new metro system. Porto is a centre for arts and architecture, with two key attractions in Alvaro Siza Vieira’s Contemporary Art Museum and Rem Koolhaas’ Casa da Musica.
Across the river from Porto itself is Vila Nova de Gaia, which is technically a different city, but contributes greatly to the charms of Porto. It is the best place to sample the famous port of the region, and has a vibrant nightlife, with plenty of clubs and restaurants along the river.
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Serralves em Festa
This event is held over a weekend in early June and runs constantly for forty hours. There are a whole range of events taking place around Porto, but the main focus is the Parque de Serralves. There are open air concerts, theatrical performances, and special events for children.
The International Fantasy Film Festival held in Porto in late February and early March showcases two weeks worth of fantasy and horror films, as well as other unusual genres. The festival has been running annually since the late eighties and features various competitions including a fantasy film competition, a director’s competition and an Asian film competition.
Noites Ritual Rock
A weekend in late August sees the Festival of Portuguese Rock Music is Porto. Begun in 1992, the concerts take place in the Jardins do Palacio Cristal and entry is free. The festival attracts rock bands and music fans from all over Portugal.
holidays - How to Get There
Flights from Australia to Portugal take around twenty seven hours. Lufthansa operates a route changing in Bangkok and Frankfurt, and British Airways and TAP provide an alternative route via Singapore and Frankfurt.