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


Porto, often dubbed the capital of Port Wine
, welcomes the New Year with great fervor. Just before midnight, people near the Clérigos Tower clock, look up, eagerly awaiting the stroke of midnight. The new year has arrived! Bottles of Champagne are uncorked, and toasts are raised near the city's most iconic tower and everywhere. It looks like the Portuguese Rooster prefers to toast with Port Wine and Santa Claus isn't shy about it either!

For those who know me, it's no secret that my favorite Portuguese city is Porto. It's where I flock to celebrate São João in June, one of Portugal's and perhaps Europe's grandest street festivals. Among the most unforgettable moments during these festivities is the dazzling fireworks display on the D. Luiz Bridge spanning the Douro River. The skies of the city once again ignite with fireworks on New Year's Eve, presenting a breathtaking spectacle complete with mesmerizing light effects and live music. The enchantment of the show prevails, and the cold weather hardly deters anyone since the streets come alive. Thousands of locals and tourists alike converge in front of Porto City Hall on Avenida dos Aliados, the city's epicenter for all major events.

In Porto, much like São João festivities, you'll discover vibrant street parties organized by the municipality, featuring national artists. While some may opt for hotel celebrations to stay warm indoors, there's no doubt that everyone will have a fantastic time. Regardless of your budget, you can indulge in excellent culinary and wine experiences, thanks to the city's rich and delectable local cuisine. What's more, you'll quickly realize that the warm and welcoming people of the north know how to embrace visitors and joyfully ring in the New Year. In my humble opinion, anyone venturing to Porto for New Year's Eve will create unforgettable memories.

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. )

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you may want to check A Portuguese Love Store.