When to Go
In Portugal, and Porto is no exception, the climate is mild, the sun shines 3000 hours per year and we kilometres worth of beaches bathed by the Atlantic Ocean. All this makes it the perfect destination any time of year. That said, the city of Porto and the North have certain times of the year in which they are particularly interesting. In June, in addition to the Popular Saints, in general, and to St. John's, in particular, it is said to be the "longest night" of the year in the city; Porto welcomes two major cultural events: the Serralves festival and the Primavera Sound festival. The music and outdoor shows continue throughout the summer season, with another festival, the Marés Vivas, with summer in the House, the House of Music, and many other initiatives. In the summer, beaches invite visitors to practice water sports activities and to relax on the numerous seafront terraces. September is the month for heading towards the Douro to watch - and in some estates, participate, in the harvest. In autumn, return the theatrical productions and major concerts and shows in the emblematic city rooms. Christmas and New Year are other special moments.