The Stormy Ocean
One day it was a little bit stormy and I went down to where the river meets the Ocean, at Foz. It is only a 5 minute taxi drive and costs less than 5 euros.
I was amazed by the view. I had never seen such waves in my life before. They were so powerful and it was amazingly beautiful. I highly recommend that you do and spend some time by the ocean when the weather is not so good!
S. Miguel lighthouse
It was built in 1527 by Miguel da Silva, prebendary of Santo Tirso monastery. The inscription on the southern wall mentions that the priest sold some of his own fields, using the money to keep a burning bonfire on the tower.
You can see the clouds of smoke from far away and just assume it's something else. There are people selling roasted chestnuts (which they burn old phone books for!) all over the place. It's definately better to partake in when its colder, but they're always tasty.
Azulejos - Portuguese tiles. A traditional form of art that is present throughout Portugal. In Porto there are some fine examples of azulejos (hand painted), such as the interior of the train station - S. Bento, the cathedral (cloister) or the Santo Ildefonso church (photo).
EURO 2004 DRAGON STADIUM - F.C.PORTO STADIUM
The new Dragon's Stadium will host the opening ceremony of the Euro 2004, as well as the competition's first match, and it will almost certainly host one of the tournament's semi-finals.
Located in the urban zone adjacent to the existing stadium, the project forms part of the planned Sports City complex. This will be the privileged stage for the UEFA EURO 2004 opening ceremony and match.
Dragão Stadium - Oporto
The famous Antas Stadium, one of the most distinctive features of the city of Porto, has changed its name and its appearance with the building of the Dragão Stadium, the name chosen for the baptism of the new ground to be used by Futebol Clube do Porto (FCP), itself an important symbol of Portugal’s second largest city. The new stadium has taken on added importance since it is the anchor structure in the urban renewal project for the Antas district of Porto. All around this ground is to be built the so-called “ Sports City”, a project that includes a series of sports facilities, recreational areas, and residential and shopping areas, etc. The concept of this Stadium is also profoundly innovative, creating a new central focus in what is a problematic area for the city in terms of mobility, through newly built accesses. Its monumental capacity for 50 thousand spectators means that the Dragão Stadium has already been classified as a Grade A stadium by UEFA, making it suitable for any international football event, just like the old Antas Stadium, which was already one of the most modern grounds in Europe. All this has to be added to its most impressive architecture. FCP, founded in 1903, has a vast list of victories in its curriculum , its different blue and white teams having successfully turned it into one of the most important football clubs in the country.. Use: Three games in the group phase, including the opening match, one game from the quarter finals and one semi-final
Portugal – Greece - 12th June at 5.00 pm (Opening Match)
Germany - Netherlands - 15th June at 7.45 pm
Italy - Sweden - 18th June at 7.45 pm
WD – RC - 27th June at 7.45 pm (quarter final)
W26 – W28 - 1rst July at 7.45 pm (semi-final)
Access:On match days, there will be special buses running from Rotunda da Boavista (Praça Mouzinho de Albuquerque) or Praça da Liberdade, passing through Campo 24 de Agosto. Regular bus services: Buses Nos. 21 and 78 pass through Rotunda da Boavista and Avenida dos Aliados.If you’re arriving via the A1 Motorway, the Stadium is 310 kms from Lisbon and the journey takes roughly 2 hours and 50 minutes by car
By metro (very close exit)