Festa do São João ignores the old cliche’ that Porto works when Lisbon plays. Celebrated as the feast day, Festa do São João invites huge crowd to pay a homage to Saint John the Baptist, in a party that fuses religious and profane traditions.
Porto metamorphoses into a party town throughout for these two days and therefore lessens the severe attack of midsummer insanity. The infectious and incendiary atmospherics such as bonfires, fireworks, eating, dancing, drinking leek-wielding lunatic, regattas, and roaming bands of hammer appealingly hypnotize the bystanders who desire to observe the first stately rays of dawn down on the mesmerizing beaches of Foz do Douro.
And once this giant celebration of Festa do São João is over, one needs to visit the church to pray Sao Joao the very next day as after all it was his party. Don't forget to go with minus day’s before hangover in order to seek his divine blessings.
Festa do São João is one of the liveliest night street parties that emerges as a magnificent presentation of midsummer madness every year.