Come to São João Festival by Porto.CARD!


The most popular Saint of Porto, São João, is just arriving to the city and brings with him a lot of entertainment and a great party weekend!

This year, June 23rd, São João's night and the longest of the year, is on a Sunday, so take the chance to get there early because the programme is long and there is plenty to do.
Concerts, fireworks, popular dances and many festivities, good food and good drinks are the highlights of the party. Arrive early to discover the city and save lots of money with Porto.CARD.
We offer you the best tips to use your official card and have fun in one of the biggest street parties in Europe.

See below what to do with Porto.CARD.

June 21: Not to be missed: “cascatas” (miniature townscapes) and shop windows of São João
In the streets, which become small with some much liveliness, the preparations for the festival are already assured, and one can already feel the presence of the vendors of basil and plastic hammers.
If it's your first time visiting, head towards the Historic Centre, listed World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and see the streets decorated with buntings by the locals and where there will be many of the spontaneous popular dances. If you are already a repeat visitor, take the chance to go on a tour of FC Porto - Museum + Stadium (10%) or to visit the exhibition “Corpo Humano - A Ciência da Vida” (10%).

Bishop’s Palace (35%) | Cathedral-Cloisters (35%) |Puppet Museum (50% discount) | Misericórdia Museum (50%) | Tram Museum (50%) | Sacred Art and Archaeology Museum (50%) |Tuk Tuk ride (15%) | Sightseeing tour in the Batalha-Ribeira Funicular (25%) | Lunch: Francesinha (10%) | Lunch- Dinner: Traditional restaurant (up to 15%) | Bars and nightclubs (10%).

June 22nd - not to be missed: free concerts in Avenida dos Aliados
This is the perfect time to discover the city, on foot or by bicycle, and feel the smells of aromatic herbs such as lemon balm and basil, so typical of São João. Admire the decoration of the shop windows regarding the Festival and the Saint or contemplate in the streets the “cascatas”, unique in Portugal, and that represent, in miniature size, traditions and customs of old. Watch the São João “Rusgas” (people parading and singing) in Avenida dos Aliados, where more than 1300 people will wear their best costumes.

Bicycle rental: up to 20% | Port Wine Cellars (50%) | Look at Porto (20%) | 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: Fireworks 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 of Casa da Música (up to 50%), the Biodiversity Gallery (50%) and proceed to the Serralves Museum and Park (20%).

Night away
Recharge your batteries to last until dawn and enjoy the typical dishes of São João: fillet steaks, barbecued sardines and peppers in one of the restaurants of traditional Portuguese cuisine (10%).
Be part of the true spirit of São João's night: with the plastic hammer go tapping the heads of the many revellers that invade the night; Take a little dance step on the street popular dances you encounter the night away. At midnight, watch the fireworks, next to the Douro River, a magical spectacle of light and colour and continue to have fun until the wee hours of the morning and until you can no more!

June 24th - Not to be missed: Regatta on the river Douro
After a well-deserved rest, choose to discover the Foz (mouth) of the Douro River and relax in the City Park or one of the many outdoor seatings by the sea.

Must do: watch the Regatta on the Douro River where the “rabelo” boats parade with their raised sails. Continue your journey to meet the fascinating sea creatures at SEA LIFE (30%). Another option is to discover the Douro region and its “quintas” and go on a 1-day cruise (20%) or an excursion to Gerês and discover waterfalls and lagoons where you can even swim (up to 15%).

Buy Porto.CARD at the Official Porto Tourism Offices and enjoy São João by saving a lot of money!

  • Opportunity type: Porto Card
  • Promoter: Tourism of Porto by Porto Card
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  • Tel.: +351 300501920
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  • Valid until: 30-06-2019
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  • Notes: If you prefer a more personalized service by local professionals, please go to one of the Official Tourism Offices in the city (Nov- Apr 9 am-7 pm | May-Oct 9 am-8 pm) or, via chat with customer service available Mon-Fri from 9 am to 7 pm and on weekends from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm.

    Walker Porto.CARD: from 6,00€
    If you came by car, use the walker Port.CARD (1, 2, 3, 4 days) to benefit from the discounts on the 24h tickets at the car parks in the city centre.

    Porto.CARD with transport: from 13,00€
    If you prefer free and unlimited access to public transport, you can choose for the Porto.CARD option with transport included (1, 2, 3, 4 days)!