What? New Year’s Eve already?
But autumn just started, you say. Let me ask you, do you remember that time you wanted to have an unforgettable New Year’s Eve, but forgot to book something until late December and boom – everything was booked or crazily expensive. Been there, done that. We invite you to join our Porto Travel Concierge Service and we’ll give you excellent tips to make the most of your winter break in Porto and guarantee you have an amazing New Year’s celebration. Now, you might be wondering, is Porto the real deal for New Year’s Eve?
Is Porto good for New Year’s Eve?
On New Year’s Eve in Porto, the main celebration takes place at Avenida dos Aliados. It starts around 10 PM, and you can feel the excitement in the air as people gather. The highlight is the impressive clock on Porto City Hall, which counts down to midnight when the new year begins.
When the clock strikes midnight, colorful fireworks light up the night sky, dancing between the city’s old buildings. There’s also live music to keep the energy high. For the best view of the fireworks, head to the banks of the beautiful Douro River or find a high spot in the city. That’s where the magic happens! The fireworks come from the river, boats, and the famous Ponte Luis I bridge.
The celebration continues late into the night, so it’s wise to bring a jacket. In Porto, the festive atmosphere keeps you dancing, laughing, and toasting to the future until the early hours of the morning.
Pssst, if you’re a light sleeper, consider staying in the quieter Bonfim neighborhood instead of the bustling Downtown or Ribeira areas. Join our Porto Food Tours and receive more personalized recommendations for your New Year’s Eve in Porto »
New Year’s Eve in Porto, Portugal
Now, let’s talk Portuguese New Year traditions – we’ve got some quirky ones:
- Indulge in 12 grapes, each carrying a wish for the twelve months ahead – just be careful not to choke on the last one at midnight.
- Rock some blue underwear – it’s a local charm for good luck and it matches the football team’s colors.
- Raise your glass in a midnight toast, exclaiming “À Nossa!” as you savor that final grape.
- Join the lively tradition of breaking crockery – a hit with the kids -, a symbolic gesture to bid farewell to the past year and ward off any lingering bad luck.
- Take a plunge in the Atlantic – because nothing says ‘hello’ to the new year like a refreshing dip in the ocean.
So, as the countdown begins and the excitement fills the air, consider embracing these Portuguese New Year traditions for a truly unforgettable New Year’s Eve in Porto.
Taste Porto Team