May 3, 2017

About Porto

YES Meeting takes place in a magical city where you can live your life to the fullest. You can feel our colours, our musical notes, our lights, our atmosphere, inhale our vivacity and joy. Indeed, Porto was elected Best European Destination 2017.

Geography

Porto is situated on the north bank of the Douro River, whilst Vila Nova de Gaia is on the south bank. The river winds its way through deep valleys flanked by steep escarpments either side. On the north side there are abundant hills, which boast the city’s architectural wealth, whilst the south bank leads to the plateau overlooking the Port Wine Lodges. The Douro River is an intrinsic part of the city’s scenery and as you travel up-river you can see its green sloping banks dotted with vineyards and olive groves that have been tended for thousands of years.[1]

Academic Traditions

From the academic dress code to the implementation of the well-known Praxe and celebration of Queima das Fitas, Invicta university students live their traditions with great pride and enthusiasm.

Queima das Fitas

The academic tradition of the Queima das Fitas is a festive week which takes place every year during the month of May. Only in 1979 Queima das Fitas of Porto began to take the molds that are currently known, with numerous activities: from Serenata, to the Parade, Promenade Concert, Festival Ibérico de Tunas Académicas, Cultural Soiree, etc. This development made Queima das Fitas stop being a restricted party to students to become the biggest event in the city of Porto and biggest Academic party in the country.

The Academic Procession is one of the highlights of Queima das Fitas it has also become a real tourist attraction. The finalists with top hat, cane and briefcase with color ribbons, according to the course they are attending, parade through the streets, along with other colleagues costumed with gown or the t-shirts of the study programme. All courses have their thematic allegorical car.

Gown

Their tradition reassembles to the University of Coimbra, the oldest in Portugal, and throughout time spread to all universities in the country. The goal was always to unify and distinguish the academic community.[2]

Port Wine

Port is one of the great classic European wines and its history is a long and fascinating one.

One of the fascinating aspects of Port wine is its variety of different styles, each with its own characteristic flavours, from the intense berry fruit flavours of a Reserve or a Late Bottled Vintage to the rich mellowness of an Aged Tawny or the sublime complexity of a Vintage Port.  

Traditionally it is served towards the end of the meal with cheese, as a dessert wine or as an after dinner drink although some styles, like white Port, can also be enjoyed as an aperitif.

Port wine is produced in the mountainous eastern reaches of the Douro Valley in northern Portugal, one of the world’s oldest and most beautiful vineyard areas where wine has been made for at least two thousand years.[3]

Porto Nightlife

Exhausted of scientific sessions? That workshop really left you dead tired? Wake up because we are sure you do not want to miss what this amazing city has to offer you when the lights go out.

Do not forget to go Downtown, the epicentre of nightlife in Porto, especially during the weekend. Here, you can find wide range of entertainment, suitable to all tastes and moods. If you feel like dancing, get the best out of that energy and run to a club. However, if you would rather have a glass of wine in good company, Porto is the ideal city too.

Café Candelabro
Rua da Conceição, 3

Bonaparte Downtown
Praça Guilherme Gomes Fernandes, 40

Boulevard Porto
Avenida dos Aliados, 58

Eskada Porto
Rua da Alegria, 611

Fé – Wine & Club
Praça D. Filipa de Lencastre, 1

Tendinha dos Clérigos
Rua Conde de Vizela, 80

Champanheria da Baixa
Rua da Picaria, 107

Boîte
Rua de Passos Manuel, 131

Maus Hábitos
Rua de Passos Manuel, 178, 4º piso

Pitch Club
Rua de Passos Manuel, 34

Plano B
Rua Cândido dos Reis, 30

Rádio Bar
Praça D. Filipa de Lencastre, 178

Tribeca Jazz Bar and Restaurant
Rua 31 de Janeiro, 147

We Love Porto Bar & Club
Galeria de Paris, 80

Via Rápida
Rua Manuel Pinto de Azevedo, 567

Inala
Edifício Transparente – Via Castelo do Queijo, 395

Kasa da Praia
Praça Gonçalves Zarco, 88

Bonaparte Foz
Avenida do Brasil, 130

Sources:
[1] http://www.visitar-porto.com/en/discover/facts/geography.html
[2] https://sigarra.up.pt/feup/en/web_base.gera_pagina?p_pagina=tradi%C3%A7%C3%B5es%20acad%C3%A9micas
[3] http://www.taylor.pt/en/what-is-port-wine/introduction/