“Antiga, Mui Nobre, Sempre leal e Invicta Cidade do Porto”
It is the city that gave Portugal its name.
Around (200 B.C.) the Roman Empire named it Portus Cale. It later became the capital of the Condado Portucalense, which later became Portugal. Today Porto is the second biggest city in Portugal.
The historic center of Porto has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996. It is described as a "place of great aesthetic value" and being an active part of the city, it became "an exceptional universal value", which is why it deserved the distinction.
In 2001 it was considered European Capital of Culture and in 2012 it was elected Best European Destination by the European Consumers Association. Famous also for the Port wine cellars, for its typical cuisine, including the famous specialties of the region, from Francesinha, to Tripas à Moda do Porto and Bacalhau à Gomes de Sá. There are several emblematic monuments of great historical, architectural and patrimonial value such as the Cathedral of Porto (Catedral do Porto), the Fernandina Wall (Muralha da Ferndinha), the Clerics Tower (Torre dos Clérigos) and many others. The city of Porto also has several cultural spaces of reference as the Serralves Museum, the House of Music (Casa da Música) and the unmissable Lello Bookstore, centennial bridges and the magnificent Douro River.
A city full of life that is also known for the arts, research, innovation and entrepreneurship. Porto was elected the Best City Break Destination in Europe in 2020, and the best European destination in 2017 for the third consecutive time.
Gaia is an important city in northern Portugal and is located on the south bank of the Douro River (opposite bank to the City of Porto), it is connected to Porto by 6 bridges (four road bridges - Arrábida, D. Luís, Freixo and Infante - and two railway bridges - S. João and D. Maria).
Originally formed from two distinct settlements, "Gaia" and "Vila Nova", becoming "Vila Nova de Gaia" in 1367, it was later elevated to a city in 1984.
The famous Port Wine cellars are located in this city, on the river bank, in a place called "Cais de Gaia". It is also the birthplace of fishermen, such as the fishermen of Afurada, known as a typical fishing village in the parish of S. Pedro da Afurada, where its inhabitants have their own accent and have long been accustomed to seeing women dressed in black.
Two cities full of enchantments and mysteries ready to welcome you!
Did you know that?
- The 1st attempt to implement the republic was in Porto. And that is why we have the famous street of January 31 (Rua 31 de Janeiro). It was on this day, in the year 1891, that the attempt was made to implement the republic in Portugal;
- The Casa da Música was considered by the New York Times "one of the most important concert halls built in the last 100 years";
- All beaches in the municipality of Vila Nova de Gaia are recognized by the European Blue Flag Association.
WHERE TO STAY
This information will be available soon
We leave here some links that will be important for your desolation for our country:
If you want to travel by METRO: https://www.metrodoporto.pt/
If you want to travel by TRABO: https://www.cp.pt/passageiros/pt
If you want to travel by BUS: https://www.stcp.pt/pt/viajar/
If you want to travel by TAXI: 22 099 7336 or download the application at https://www.uber.com
Covid 19 – Updates
This information is updated every week
Last updated: 27 - 12 - 2021
Measures implemented in Portugal
The Portuguese government has been taking all the necessary public health measures to protect the entire population, as well as those who visit the country.
The measures in place may be revised according to the evolution of the epidemiological situation.
I - ACCESSIBILITY
1) To get to Portugal by plane
PERMITTED (Essential and non-essential travel)
- Countries of the European Union or a state associated to the Schengen Area (Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland)
- Brazil, USA and United Kingdom;
- Countries with authorized flights for non-essential travel subject to reciprocity confirmation: Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, Colombia, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, Kuwait, New Zealand, Peru, Qatar, People's Republic of China, Rwanda, Uruguay, as well as the administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau and also Taiwan,
They must present:
Negative test mandatory for all flights arriving in Portugal, even for those with the digital vaccination certificate, whatever the point of origin of the flight or nationality of the passenger:
- RT-PCR test (or similar NAAT test) - up to 72h before boarding, or
- Rapid laboratory antigen test - up to 48h before boarding, or
- EU Digital COVID certificate in the test mode, or
- EU Digital COVID certificate in the recovery mode, or
- Valid recovery certificate issued by a third country under reciprocal conditions: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Switzerland, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Israel, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Moldova, Monaco, Morocco, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Panama, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, Togo, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Vatican https://ec.europa.eu/info/live-work-travel-eu/coronavirus-response/safe-covid-19-vaccines-europeans/eu-digital-covid-certificate_en
Children under the age of 12 do not need to present a test.
All passengers must fill out the Passenger Locator Card individually, electronically available at https://portugalcleanandsafe.pt/en/passenger-locator-card, after check-in and before boarding time. The QR Code generated when completing the PLF can be presented on paper or digitally.
Passengers coming from Southern Africa
Flights are suspended to and from southern African countries, namely Botswana, South Africa, Botswana, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Lesotho, Namibia and Zimbabwe.
All passengers coming from these countries and from Mozambique, or who present passports registered as having left within 14 days prior to their arrival in Portugal, must undergo 14 days of prophylactic isolation at home or at a place indicated by the health authorities. The prophylactic isolation may be interrupted if a negative test (TAAN or TRAg) is performed on the 3rd day. It does not apply to those staying in mainland Portugal for a maximum of 48 hours.
These passengers should have a RT-PCR test (TAAN) or Rapid Laboratory Antigen Test (TRAGg)to COVID-19 upon arrival at the airport.
These measures are also applicable to citizens entering the country by sea or land, with the necessary adaptations.
All passengers on flights to or from mainland Portugal (Lisbon, Porto, Faro, Tires, Beja) must fill out the Passenger Locator Card individually, electronically available at: https://portugalcleanandsafe.pt/pt-pt/passenger-locator-card , after check-in and before boarding time.
The QR Code generated when filling out the PLF can be submitted on paper or digitally.
2) Arriving in Portugal by land
Citizens coming from EU countries considered low or moderate risk must hold an EU COVID Digital Certificate, in vaccination, test or recovery modes.
Citizens from non-EU countries and EU countries considered at risk level red or dark red, must present
- EU Covid Digital Certificate in the testing or recovery modalities, or
- Negative RT-PCR test performed within the last 72 hours, or
- Negative rapid laboratory antigen test performed within the last 48 hours.
Information on the level of risk from EU countries: https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/covid-19/situation-updates/weekly-maps-coordinated-restriction-free-movement
Cross-border workers, working within 30 km of the border, and workers in essential services (freight and passenger transport, emergency and rescue, security and emergency services) must present the Digital Certificate in the form of vaccination, test, or recovery.
Citizens coming from Southern African countries, namely Botswana, South Africa, Essuatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, and Zimbabwe in the last 14 days should perform RT-PCR test (TAAN) or Rapid Antigen Test (TRAGgg)to COVID-19 and fulfill 14 days of prophylactic isolation at home or in a place indicated by health authorities.
3) Arriving in Portugal by sea
The same rules apply as by air.
All passengers must complete the Passenger Locator Card individually, electronically available at; https://portugalcleanandsafe.pt/pt-pt/passenger-locator-maritime-card , within 96 hours prior to the estimated time of arrival in mainland Portugal. The QR Code generated when filling out the PLF can be submitted on paper or digitally.
Important note: The information on this page summarizes the measures published by the government in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic. Before traveling, it is important to confirm entry formalities with the airline and the Foreigners and Borders Service ( www.sef.pt / firstname.lastname@example.org ), the entity responsible for border control.
II - MOBILITY
1. public transportation
a. The wearing of a mask is mandatory.
b. Public transportation without occupancy limitation.
c. Cabs and similar transportation (TVDE) without occupancy limitation.
III - GENERAL RULES
1. GENERAL RULES
Between December 25th and January 9th
Mandatory masking in enclosed spaces;
General recommendation of regular testing and teleworking;
Closure of bars and nightclubs;
Reduced manning in commercial establishments (1 person / 5 m2).
Mandatory negative testing or recovery certificate in access to:
- Tourist establishments and local accommodation;
- Weddings and baptisms
- Corporate events
- Shows and cultural events
- Sports venues