All Saints Day and Halloween in Portugal

All Saints Day and Halloween in Portugal

In Portugal the day of Halloween is officially the last day of summer and people greet each other by saying ‘Samhain Blessings’ (‘samhain’ means ‘summer’s end’ in Portuguese). Formally the Portuguese do not celebrate Halloween as a holiday but they do have All Saints Day on November 1st and nevertheless there are some families coming from other countries who keep Halloween traditions. The Halloween traditions of today are based on pagan pre-Christian ones stemming from the times... [ read more ]

City of Porto, hotbed of youth, creativity and dynamism

City of Porto, hotbed of youth, creativity and dynamism

Fifty years ago Porto city was just a city in Portugal with nothing special to offer. Today it is considered one of the liveliest cities of the country as it has become more cosmopolitan with several accommodation and nightlife options. Lots of artistic and cultural events take place here which involve the local population. The old buildings such as bars and restaurants have been rehabilitated and the locals are more creative in gastronomy than ever. Thanks to the creative industries which ha... [ read more ]