New Year's Eve in Porto with Santa and the Rooster!


The Portuguese rooster and Santa Claus got together in Porto, the capital of Porto Wine, to celebrate the arrival of the New Year. It's just before midnight on the Clérigos Tower clock. Ho! Ho! Ho!, the new year is coming! They are in a hurry as they have already opened the bottle of Port Wine and are making a toast near the most famous tower in the city...

Everyone who knows me knows that my favorite Portuguese city is Porto. It's where I go to celebrate São João, in June, one of the biggest street festivals in Portugal and maybe in Europe. One of the most memorable moments of the festivities is the fireworks display on the D. Luiz Bridge over the Douro River. The fireworks return to the skies of the city on New Year's Eve. It's an amazing spectacle with light effects and live music. It's quite a show also because everybody goes to the street and nobody actually cares about the cold. Thousands of locals and tourists also gather in front of Porto City Hall on Avenida dos Aliados. This is the heart of the city where all main events take place. 

As in São João, you'll find street parties hosted by the municipality with national artists. Some may prefer to stay in a hotel for indoor parties but everyone will have an amazing time. Excellent gastronomic and wine experiences are possible no matter what budget because local cuisine is so rich and tasty! You will also discover that the people of the north know how to welcome visitors and celebrate the arrival of the new year. In my humble opinion, anyone going to Porto will have an unforgettable experience on New Year’s Eve.

If you come to Portugal for New Year's Eve these are the formulaic salutation of the occasion!

Feliz Ano Novo! - Happy New Year!

Bom Ano Novo - Have a good year!

Próspero ano novo - Have a Prosperous New Year!

Desejo-te um feliz Ano Novo! - I wish you a Happy New Year!

Que os teus desejos se tornem realidade no Ano Novo! - May your wishes come true in the New Year!

Que o Ano Novo seja repleto de paz, amor e saúde! - May the New Year be filled with peace, love, and health!

 (If you are a fan of the famous Portuguese Rooster, please check for more Christmas Portuguese gifts in the store A Portuguese Love. You can also offer it to a Portuguese relative or friend, a friendly neighbor, a work colleague, or any particular Portuguese person who makes a difference in your life. )

If you're looking for Portuguese-inspired Christmas or New Year's Eve gifts and cards, 
you may want to check A Portuguese Love Store.  


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