São João by Porto.CARD!


If you have not yet discovered São João’s unique festivity, or if you are an enthusiastic participant, start organizing your trip, as the festivities are on right around the corner.
This year's June 23rd, São João's Night, is on a weekend, but the programme is long and there is plenty to do. Concerts, festivals, popular dances and lots of activities invite you to anticipate the festivity and will enable you to discover that Porto celebrates São João like no other city.

What we offer you are the best tips to save a lot of money with the official discount card, Porto.CARD, while having a great time at one of the largest street festivals in Europe.
Here are some suggestions.

June 21st - not to be missed: cascatas (miniature townscapes) and shop windows of São João
On the streets, which become narrower with so much liveliness, preparations for the festivity are already guaranteed, and one can already feel the presence of the vendors of basil and plastic hammers.
If it is your first time visiting, walk around the Historic Centre, UNESCO’s World heritage Site, and observe the streets decorated by the locals with bunting flags and where many of the festivities of São João will take place.

Clérigos Tower (50% discount) | Misericórdia Museum (50%) | Palácio da Bolsa (50%) | Church of São Francisco (25%) tour by Tuk Tuk around the Historic Centre (15%) | Ride tour by Funicular Batalha - Ribeira (25%) | lunch: francesinha (10%) | 6 bridges Cruise on the Douro River (20%) | dinner: traditional restaurant (up to 15%) | Bars and nightclubs (10%).

June 22nd - not to be missed: free concerts at Avenida dos Aliados
This is the perfect time to discover the city, on foot or by bicycle, and to inhale the aroma of aromatic herbs like lemon balm and basil, so characteristic of São João. Observe the decoration of the shop window displays alusive to the saint or contemplate, on the streets, the cascatas, unique to Portugal, and that represent, in miniature, traditions and customs of old.

Bicycle rental: up to 20% | Port Wine Cellars (10%) | World of Discoveries: Interactive Museum and Theme Park (35%) | Tram Museum (50%) | Guided walking tour: up to 20% | lunch and dinner: up to 15%

June 23rd - not to be missed: Firework on the Douro River
Use the Metro or the bus and go to Boavista, considered one of the most cosmopolitan areas of the city. Take a guided tour to Casa da Música (50%) and visit the Serralves Museum and Gardens (25%).

Late in the night
Recharge your batteries so you can keep up with all the activity of the longest night of the year and indulge in the typical São João dishes: fillets, grilled sardines and peppers in one of the traditional Portuguese cuisine restaurants (10%).
Feel the true spirit of São João's night: let yourself be captivated by the liveliness on the streets and with your plastic hammer hitting the heads of the many revelers who invade the night. At midnight, watch the fireworks, next to the river Douro, a magical spectacle of light and colour and keep on having fun until dawn.

June 24th - not to be missed: Regatta on the river Douro
After a well-deserved rest, discover the Foz do Rio Douro and relax in the City Park or one of the many terraces by the sea. See the fascinating sea creatures in SEA LIFE (35%). Another option is to discover the region of Douro and its quintas on a 1-day cruise (20%) or take a trip to Gerês and discover waterfalls and ponds where you can swim (up to 15%).

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  • Notes: If you came by car, use the walker Porto.CARD (1, 2, 3, 4 days) to benefit from discounts on 24-hour tickets at car parks in the city centre.
    If you prefer free and unlimited access to public transport, you can choose the Porto.CARD option with transport included (1, 2, 3, 4 days)!
    Buy Porto.CARD at the Tourism Offices, online and enjoy yourself while saving lots of money!