These always come in threes. And in Porto there are three spaces that mark the resumption of activity in the travelling amusement sector, which has been hit hard by the pandemic. In addition to Rotunda da Boavista and Fontaínhas, Cálem Garden, in the Foz do Douro area, joins the party that, although this year is not the one that everyone would like, marks the month of the locals’ most beloved saint: São João.
If everyone is a saint, Nossa Senhora da Vandoma, the patron saint of the city of Porto, will no mind if São João takes the limelight from her. Therefore, the saint will also not be upset that the festival in his honour takes place, in 2021, the best way possible, especially aiming to, comply with the current health rules, give life to a sector that have been asking for help in order to survive in more than a year without any activity.
Jardim do Calém is one of the three sites that, over the next few weeks, will be a mandatory stop for those who enjoy popular festivals.
The Fun Parks, set up with the support of Porto City Hall, follow a strict plan approved by Direção-Geral da Saúde (health authority). From the fencing of the sites, alcohol-gel and checking temperature at entry points, to the space’s capacity, to the policing and the systematic cleaning is guaranteed.