Bristol and Oporto were "twinned" in 1984 and share many characteristics. They are of similar size and both are Atlantic ports, significant centres of manufacture and regional capitals.
The BRISTOL-OPORTO ASSOCIATION welcomes everyone interested in Oporto and the Portuguese people, language and culture world-wide. Diário, our newsletter, is full of information on things Portuguese and outlines a range of events in the Bristol area. These may include:
Portuguese film, theatre, art, jazz, folk music, fado, wine tastings, dinners
Outdoor events, celebrations of Dia do Portugal and São João
Welcome events for visiting groups from Oporto
Group visits to Oporto
It is with great pride that we announce that our chairperson, Liz Gamlin, has been awarded the Lord Mayor's Prize for her unstinting efforts on behalf of the BOA and of tourism in Bristol.
And now some good news for young people wishing to travel not only to Portugal, but also many other European destinations.
Magnificent Porto, the medieval town tiering down to the River Douro, spectacular overhead bridges, the barco rabellos (traditional river transport boats) moored alongside the port wine lodges, fish restaurants, olives and almonds for sale and the hints of Mozambique and Brazil.
Surrounding the historic old town are this large commercial city's excellent museums and centres of music and art. In west Porto is the Atlantic sea with lovely beaches and fine fish restaurants a-plenty.
The Association encourages projects initiated by school, youth and special interest groups. Grants may be available through our sister organisation, the BRISTOL-OPORTO FOUNDATION (registered UK Charity No. 1027186)