January 31st. The night of partying, watching fireworks and being up all night; what have you planned?
While London’s most important New Year’s Eve parties can be canceled, there are still many fireworks shows going on and you can even combine your party with a holiday.
A city in beautiful Portugal is famous for one of Europe’s biggest New Year’s Eve.
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Just over a two-hour flight from Gatwick, Porto is a great place full of character and charm – perfect for a party.
Every year, the city is engulfed by street parties, music concerts and fireworks that fill the sky.
As soon as Christmas is over, the inhabitants of Porto begin to prepare for the festivities.
Thousands of tourists visit Porto just to take part in the celebration of New Year’s Eve.
Across the beautiful city there are a variety of parties to attend and places to see the incredible fireworks.
The biggest party is held on Avenida dos Aliados in front of the majestic town hall. Here, live music and an exciting entertainment program will have the audience dancing and celebrating before the main event takes place.
When the clock strikes midnight, Porto’s sky fills with rainbows of majestic fireworks, symbolizing hope for the coming year. This incredible display is one of the largest in Europe and even hailed as one of the best in the world.
You can even see in the new year from one of several river cruises; Pop that champagne and celebrate on the water! Porto is filled with sumptuous buildings and stunning landmarks, and sailing on the river can be one of the best ways to take them in.
If you do not feel like the main gathering or a river cruise, many of the restaurants and bars around town hold their own parties for smaller crowds. You can also take part in the festivities from other iconic landmarks that offer both beautiful nature and festive vibes.
Porto is especially known for its production of port wine. So while you are visiting, it is a must to treat yourself to an educational trip – and of course a tasting.
At Caves Ferriera you can explore tradition and history from inside their cellar. You can even visit their iconic tasting room, which dates back to the 19th century.
After pampering yourself with the lovely local produce and enjoying the amazing fireworks, your trip to Porto will not be complete without tasting some amazing food.
Head to Tasco, which is rated with an impressive five stars on TripAdvisor.
Awarded the Traveller’s Choice stamp this year, they serve a range of fantastic Portuguese and Mediterranean dishes.
Reviews say that it is “incredibly good”, “worth every penny”, and that eating there is a “taste buds adventure”. Many diners praise Tasco as the ‘best ever’.
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How to get there
You can fly directly from Gatwick to Porto in two hours and 15 minutes.
There are also regular flights from other airports around London to Porto Airport, so it’s worth checking out the most convenient route for you.
Why not treat yourself to a European mini-break this New Year’s Eve?