From ghosts to Porto-style Guts, we are going to tell you some of the iconic legends that represent this city in northern Portugal.
1) The Ghost of S. Bento
8 minutes away from Hotel Moon & Sun Porto, São Bento Station represents a great historical symbol of the city and a daily passage for hundreds of visitors. However, what many are unaware of is the history of this building, which was once known as the Convent of São Bento da Avé Maria.
Legend has it that, around 1834, the extinction of all religious orders was determined. In that decree, it was mentioned that religious orders where only women were housed (as would be the case of this Convent), should be extinguished upon the death of the last resident nun.
Therefore, it was only in 1892 that the construction of a railway station was considered on the site, when the last nun died. Therein resides the myth of the ghost of S. Bento, due to this “stubborn” sister and religious believer. It is said that, during the nights, it is possible to hear their prayers through the corridors of the station.
2) The Mystery of Port Wine
Around 1679, a vessel left the undefeated city for London, with barrels of port wine. Unfortunately, that same vessel was attacked by a French consortium that, in an attempt to save it, changed its route.
They ended up resupplying in São João da Terra Nova and only continued their journey the following spring, to avoid the severe winter they were experiencing. Surprisingly, this stay in the region made the wine acquire a pleasant aroma and flavor, making it recognized worldwide and consequently aged in the region until today.
Come and taste the best drink in the region directly at Hotel Moon & Sun Porto.
3) The Origin of the Porto-style Guts and the “Tripeiros”
Legend has it that the nickname “Tripeiros” derives from the sacrifice made by the population of Porto in 1415 in support of Infante D. Henrique, offering food to his ships that left for Ceuta, leaving only his remains, known as “the tripas” (guts).
Another legend related to this delicacy was born during the time of the Suevi, who began their expansion after the fall of the Roman Empire and made Porto their main city. As guts were part of their diet, it became a local gastronomic dish, again demonstrating a sign of resilience of Porto citizens.
We recommend that you try this traditional dish from the city of Porto at Casa Correia, a 7-minute walk from Hotel Moon & Sun Porto.