The passing to a new year is always a time of enthusiasm, joy and hope for the coming year to be even better.
In Porto and the North of Portugal there are several traditions that, we true northerners, we believe that help to bring good luck for a new year and, without a doubt, that 2021 is a year full of expectations.
But let us start by saying goodbye to 2020. There is nothing better than spending the last days of the year with friend get-togethers, talking about the challenges of the year that is now leaving, the failures and successes, and what we hope to achieve in the new year. And what are the best places for these chats? We suggest that you invite your friends to enjoy a good cocktail or glass of wine at one of the many incredible bars that our hotels have to offer. Whether in Porto, Minho, Douro or Trás-os-Montes, our wide range of hotels provide excellence and the friendliness by those who will welcome you making all the difference to say goodbye to 2020 with good spirits and optimism.
For those who like to spend the last days of the year in reflection, the atmosphere of these bars is also perfect for that special moment when they write their resolutions for 2021. Is there a more inspiring place than a comfortable space, with beautiful design and a comforting drink? Ah, not to mention the snacks you can order. The gastronomy of the North of Portugal is already recognised for its wonderful flavours.
After all the chatting is over and the resolutions made, only the last night of 2020 awaits you. How about spending the last night of the year at one of our wonderful hotels? One must end the year in splendour, in a dreamy room and with a meal full of flavour. If you haven't planned this evening yet, here is our suggestion of venues where you can enjoy incredible New Year's Eve programmes: BessaHotel, Holiday In Porto-Gaia, Monumental Palace Hotel, Monverde wine Experience Hotel, Boeira Garden Hotel, Porto Bay Flores, Sheraton Porto Hotel & Spa, Vidago Palace Hotel, Hotel Minho, Hotel S. Bento da Porta Aberta, Herança Magna, Tryp Porto Expo, Casas Novas Countryside Hotel and Santa Luzia ArtHotel. At these venues, the champagne flute is a must to enter 2021, and of course the raisins to ask for the 12 wishes to the sound of the 12 chimes. You never heard of this tradition? You will have to try it if you enter 2021 here, in Porto and the North of Portugal.
And New Year's Day? January 1st should also be celebrated, and these hotels have wonderful food with the best flavours in the region, whether for breakfast, New Year's brunch or lunch. And of course, you must take a moment to relax at the Hotel's spa or its leisure spaces.
For us, it seems the perfect plan to say goodbye to a year as complicated as 2020 and enter 2021 with positive energy and ready for all challenges. Will you join us?