After reading all the reviews online and we ticked off where we have already been we decided to head to Porto, Portugal. We decided to have dinner first and booked at Holiday Inn Porto Gaia and what a setting it was. Their food was amazing and staff were pleasant and helpful.
Holiday Inn is located in Vila Nova De Gaia which was 10 minutes from where we were staying by taxi. The taxi’s in Porto are reasonable and we were grateful the hotels sorted out the taxi for us. Our dinner was a 4 course meal with a bottle of wine and for calling last minute we were shocked the it was just €70 each. The menu was exquisite and the meals arrived with enticing flourishes which made them look special and made you feel it really was a special occasion. The staff were very helpful and lucky for us we met the man in charge of our evening – Tomas Gaspar Carvalho – a man of incredible knowledge regarding Portuguese Food and Drink with impeccable customer service.
When we finished our meal (almost 3 hrs.) and headed to the street Party on the other side of the town at Praca da Liberdade. I would advice to make sure you tell your hotel to arrange a taxi before hand, as most the roads in Porto start closing after 10pm. The square was packed in a nice way and the crowds was in a jolly mood but well-mannered compare to many parties I have been to at this time of the year. The band – Blind Zero – was very entertaining and played us into the New Year and the Fireworks.
The party went on until 3 or 4 in the morning but I was talking to the angels by then. I would say it was one of the best New Years I have had and would recommend even for family as that is how safe it was and how well behaved the Portuguese are even when they have been drinking on such a night. Next morning there was no sign of the night before (salute to the organisers) .
Kudos to Porto!!!!!
Check out the full video of the day on youtube :