Come to São João Festival with Porto.CARD!

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

This year, June 23rd, São João's night and the longest of the year, is on a Thursday, 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.

June 21: Cascatas 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 Dragão Stadium and Futebol Clube do Porto Museum  (10%) or to visit the exhibition Porto Legends - The Underground Experience (Full ticket at reduced ticket price | Reduced ticket at family ticket price).

Other Suggestions: 

Paço do Bispo (25%) | Cathedral (1€) | Museu das Marionetas do Porto (50%) | MMIPO - Museu e Igreja da Misericórdia do Porto (50%) | Museu de Arte Sacra e Arqueologia - MASA (50%) |Tuk Tuk ride with Tuking People (15%) | Funicular dos Guindais (25%)

June 22nd - "Flores de Manjerico" exhibition

This is the perfect time to discover the city, on foot or by bicycle (up to 20%), 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.

Other Suggestions:

Port Wine Cellars (up to 50%) | WOW (10% - multi-experience ticket pack 2 museums) | World of Discoveries (35%) | Tram Museum (50%)

June 23rd - Fireworks and Free Concerts

Use the Metro or the bus (Porto.CARD with transportation) and go to Boavista, considered one of the most cosmopolitan areas of the city. Take a guided tour of Casa da Música (25%), the Galeria da Biodiversidade - Centro Ciência Viva (50%) and proceed to the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art  and Serralves Park (20%).

Night away 

Recharge your batteries to last until dawn and enjoy the traditional dishes of São João: fillet steaks, grilled sardines and peppers in one of the restaurants of traditional Portuguese cuisine (up to 20%).

Be part of the true spirit of São João's night: with the plastic hammer go tapping the heads of the many revellers who invade the night; dance the night away on the street popular dances you encounter. 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 - 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 at one of the many cafés/restaurants with outdoor seating by the sea. Continue your journey to meet the fascinating sea creatures at SEA LIFE Porto (30%).

Must do: watch the Regatta on the Douro River where the “rabelo” boats parade with their raised sails.

And also...

On the 17th, 18th, 19th, the seven parishes of the municipality receive a special programme featuring Quim Barreiros, Zé Amaro, Bandalusa and Diapasão. Beyond the music, there is also tradition. Saturday, the 18th at 3 pm, eight folk groups will participate in the Arruada de Ranchos do Porto (folk groups walking through the streets while playing and singing), which ends at Praça do General Humberto Delgado.

If you are thinking of spending a few more days in the city, know that the parties only end on July 2nd with the Rusgas, popular parades in Porto that count on the participation of various associations and collectives in the city. This year the parade leaves at 5 pm from Praça da Batalha.

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

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    Last updated 2022-06-15