Saint Silvester Race Porto

31 Dec 2017
Avenida dos Aliados, Porto

Pack the running shoes if you're heading to Porto this winter and join thousands in Porto's Saint Sylvester Race.

What's the best way to get over the guilt of eating too much Christmas pud? Here's one way - sign up to the long-distance Saint Silvester's Race and burn off those calories. 

This traditional road race is one of the most famous and oldest running events in Portugal. It has religious roots in honour of the Catholic saint and previous Pope - Saint Silvester - who's feast day falls on the last day of the year. Usually the run takes place on the Saturday after Christmas day with thousands of people participating.

The race originates from Brazil with a similar event held annually also at the end of December every year in Sao Paulo. In Porto runners start and finish on the Avenida dos Aliados and many spectators line the streets to cheer the participants on. So don't worry, you can just watch if you're still waiting for the Christmas pud to go down. 

  • Get there: Fly into Porto then use the tram, metro or bus to get around.
  • Stay: Find somewhere to stay in Porto city centre - Avenida Dos Aliados is north of the river.

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