The inhabitants of Porto are proudly known as ‘Tripeiros’ (tripe eaters) since 1415.
In the 14th and the 15th centuries, the shipyards of Porto contributed to the development of the Portuguese fleet. In 1415 Henry the Navigator, son of João I, left from Porto to conquest the Muslim port of Ceuta in northern Morocco. This expedition led to the exploratory voyages that he later sent down the coast of Africa. Portuenses are referred to this day as “tripeiros”, in reference to the fact that higher quality meat would be loaded onto ships to feed sailors, while off-cuts and by-products such as tripe would be left behind and eaten by the citizens of Porto.
Tripe remains a culturally important dish in this both contemporary and old Porto.
This historical episode portrays one of the qualities of the inhabitants of Porto: their kindness and openness to sharing.
Tripeiros entrust themselves body and soul, and are known for their enthusiasm that lend to embrace causes combined with an exaggerated parochially when defending the city and their people.