Porto, Portugal’s cultural capital

Porto, the second biggest city in Portugal also a significant cultural center and one of the most appealing spots for the artistic spirits. Its important museums, festivals, art galleries, theaters, cinemas and other artistic manifestations that attract thousands of visitors every year are probably the main reasons for calling Porto, Portugal’s cultural capital. Take a short tour with the help of this article below and decide for yourself if Porto is really a city worth visiting – which I am quite sure it is!

Museums

The best place to admire the historical phases of a city and also its artistic evolution is without any doubt in a museum. There are many wonderful museums in Porto that should be put on your traveling list, Soares dos Reis being one of them. Named after a famous Portuguese sculptor, author of the valuable piece of art, O Desterrado (“The Exiled”), Soares dos Reis displays masterpieces takes from medieval cathedrals, monasteries and castles. Port Wine Museum is another interesting point of attraction especially for the identity of this city. Located in a warehouse that dates back to the 18th century Port Wine Museum offers tourists the possibility of understanding the process of wine making and also admiring various collections of antique wine, glasses and additional instruments in the wine industry and of course, tasting a bit of Port wine. SerralvesMuseum made up of Museu de Arte Contemporanea de Serralves and Parque de Serralves represents the main attraction of Porto for the art connoisseur and one of the most appreciated cultural treasures of the country. Artists like Paula Rego and Francis Bacon had their pieces of art exhibited in this wonderful place. With an unusual form that tries to separate itself from the traditional architecture, Casa da Musica is located near Avenida da Boavista and should definitely be visited while being in Porto. The House of Music inPorto is actually the home of the National Orchestra of Porto and host to many musical events such as concerts and recitals.

Festivals

There are many things one can do to enjoy itself in Portoas the city is a cultural and musical center ready to welcome everybody who wants to have some fun. If you are a fan of the musical festivals then, Porto is the place to be. Regardless of the time of the year, Portohas many cultural surprises in store for its tourists. I will just mention two of my favorite events that I usually like to attend to: Serralves em Festa, one of the biggest contemporary art festival in the entire Europe that lasts 40 hours non stop engages the public in more than 250 art activities. The festival takes place every May on the estate of Sarralves Foundation and the entrance is free. The most important celebration for the city of Porto is of course São João festivity that takes place in June. During this holiday, people usually go out in the streets and play with traditional plastic hammers.

 

I hope Porto, Portugal’s cultural capital convinced you enough that there are many cultural activities you can attend to while being in our beautiful city, spots of great historical and artistic importance for its inhabitants and true European cultural treasures for its visitors.

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