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Portugal’s Carnation Revolution: 50 Years of Freedom

The Carnation Revolution, also known as the Portuguese Revolution of 1974, marked a pivotal moment in Portugal’s history, signaling the end of the authoritarian Estado Novo regime and the dawn of a new era of democracy. On April 25th, 1974, the country witnessed a peaceful military coup led by the Armed Forces Movement (MFA), initiating…

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April 19, 2024

Posted in: History

Best Ways to Get Around in Porto

The city of Porto, also known as the “Cidade Invicta,” is not only an economic and cultural center but also a UNESCO World Heritage Site celebrated for its well-preserved historic center and significant contributions to Portugal’s history and cultural heritage. Widely recognized for its historical and architectural heritage, narrow medieval streets, and iconic landmarks such…

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April 11, 2024

Posted in: Porto

The Best Free Experiences in Porto

Let’s get to know this city a bit more, and what better way than to travel back in time, from its centuries-old history to modern times? To understand the city’s history over these centuries, there’s nothing better than to visit its churches. To fully grasp this scope, there are more than 180 churches scattered throughout…

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April 2, 2024

Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso: A Pioneer of Modern Art in Portugal

Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso, born in Amarante, in the town of Manhufe, in November 1887, is today recognized as one of the most prominent avant-garde artists of the early 20th century. His legacy is intertwined with movements such as Cubism, Futurism, and Expressionism, reaching, at many points, and in a sustained way, a level that is…

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March 19, 2024

Wine Regions near Porto

Not far from Porto, Northern Portugal boasts diverse wine regions blending tradition with unique flavors. From the terraced Douro Valley, birthplace of Port wine, to Dão‘s rugged terrain with elegant reds, to Bairrada‘s sparkling Baga wines influenced by the Atlantic, to Vinho Verde‘s crisp delights from the northwest, these regions offer a surprising journey through…

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February 28, 2024

Posted in: Douro, Wine

Fantasporto 2024: Oporto’s International Film Festival

One of Europe’s oldest and most esteemed film festivals thrives in the heart of Oporto, recognized by Variety magazine as among the world’s top twenty-five film festivals. Fantasporto, Oporto’s International Fantastic Film Festival, specializes in showcasing a diverse array of international films, with a particular focus on the fantasy, horror, and science fiction genres. Since…

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February 20, 2024

Posted in: Porto

What to Do on a Rainy Day in Porto

The city of Porto, increasingly known and promoted worldwide, invites visitors to explore its cultural activities regardless of the season. Even on rainy days, there are numerous options to enjoy the city’s offerings, from gastronomic experiences to cultural activities and various transportation modes. With the advantage of its compact size, Porto facilitates easy movement between…

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February 15, 2024

Wine & Travel Week and Essência do Vinho

Since the 19th century, Oporto has become a dynamic hub, as well as an important wine exporter, due to its long history of producing wine from the countless valleys that make up the Douro River region. What we know today as the Alto Douro Wine Region is a landscape representing the vast Douro Demarcated Region,…

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February 7, 2024

2024 Events and Festivals in Porto

Located next to the emblematic Douro River, the city of Porto enchants all who visit it with its unchanging charm and the fusion of its rich history with a modern and vibrant atmosphere. From its historic center and all the architecture that makes you feel connected to the city, from the various bridges that link…

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February 1, 2024

Posted in: Porto

Unlock the Essence of Porto with Cooltour Oporto’s APP

Everything you need to know in one Place! Known as the Cidade Invicta (Unvanquished City), Porto has earned prestigious awards, including Best European Destination in 2014 and, in 2022, Best City Destination in the World and City of the Year at the Food and Travel Reader Awards. These accolades reflect the city’s unique allure, annually…

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January 18, 2024

Posted in: Porto