I found that although expats in the area are great, locals are also very friendly and welcoming. Portuguese are very social. Try coffee shops. I have also met people simply by shopping and talking. Welcome to Porto All the best Gill
One of the best ways to get involved with the local community is by attending social places regularly. Groups can consist of martial arts, a gym social circle, swimming pools or other less physical activities, such as a portuguese language learning class, or even the local bar. Like "Gillsant" said, portuguese people are really sociable, so whatever you do you'll eventually make your way into a social circle and maybe even start your own.
I am taking an immersion portuguse class during the day right off of Rua Catarina, on Passo Manuelos. I am staying with family in Matosinhos, and am willing to meet up on the evenings/weekends to explore Porto with someone, hit me up if your down!
I've been Living in Porto for years and I found it really hard to make portuguese friends. It took me about 2 years to make "real friends". People are friendly when you ask for information or you are there as a tourist but they are very closed. They usually go out always with the same little group and getting in is really hard. A good way to make friends is to be involved in a new activity, as no one knows each other, it is easy to create a new group.
me and my husband have been thinking of moving to portugal porto for some time now. We visit every other year with our children and they love it. They do not speak the language and Im worried about them starting school there and adjusting. Has anyone else gone through this? There ages are 8 and 5 I also have two infants who I am not worried about. I was born and raised in the USA I do speak Portuguese but can not write it. Im worreid about adjusting to the move and not be able to help my children in school.