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Enjoy one of the largest street parties in Europe at The Yeatman, Porto

On 23 June one of Europe’s largest street parties, the São João Festival, sets Porto alive with an explosion of fireworks and festivities to match. The Yeatman, the award winning luxury wine hotel and spa, with panoramic views of the city, is the perfect spot to enjoy this vibrant event.

Challenging the old saying that “Porto works while Lisbon plays”, São João brings approximately 200,000 people onto the streets of Porto to carry on the tradition of six centuries of festivities. The labyrinth of narrow streets of the Old Town and UNESCO World Heritage site fill as a tide of people of all ages make their way to the many bars and restaurants, intermingled with pop-up barbeques and live music in the warm June air.

At midnight, the night sky is filled with an incredible fireworks display over the Douro River. Offering unparalleled views of the city and the firework display, The Yeatman provides the best seats from which to view this incredible spectacle, whilst indulging in an exclusive 6-course dinner and wine pairing (€160pp) in The Yeatman’s Michelin starred restaurant, or a sumptuous buffer dinner in The Orangerie (€110pp). Both dinners include wines from The Yeatman’s award winning cellar, the largest collection of Portuguese wines anywhere in the world.

The fun continues the next day with the annual regatta on the Douro River of the Barcos Rabelos, low wooden boats which were originally used to transport Port from the Douro valley to the cellars which surround The Yeatman. Skippered by the famous Port wine houses, the boats sale upstream from the sea to the finish line beneath the iconic Ponte Dom Luís bridge for which Porto is world renowned. Guests at The Yeatman have the opportunity to join the action and follow the regatta on-board The Yeatman’s boat, whilst enjoying Port cocktails and appetisers.

The Yeatman offers a 3 day programme over the São João festival from 22 – 24 June. Stay in a superior room starting from €340 per night based on two sharing with access to the panoramic indoor and outdoor swimming pools, gymnasium and wellbeing area. Guests will also be given 20% reduction on treatments in the Vinothérapie® Spa by Caudalie.

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