Vila Nova de Gaia
By planePorto Francisco Sa Caneiro airport is the closest, within 20 minutes by car or slightly more by public transit.
By trainVila Nova de Gaia is located on a railway backbone linking the North to the other regions of Portugal, so it is easy to reach from almost all major cities. In particular, high-speed Alfa Pendular trains call in the city, linking it not only to Porto, but also in. al. Lisbon, Braga, Coimbra and Faro.
Vila Nova de Gaia-Devesas railway stationaddress: Largo 5 de Outubro
Jardim do MorroBeautiful garden with great views to Porto.
- Take a port wine tour and visit the various wine caves! This is a must as this is where port wine actually comes from. Tours vary in price but generally cost €3-6 and include a tasting. Most all have English speaking tours along with Spanish, Portuguese, and French. There are also quite a number of cellars offering free tastings. See the drink section of the main Portugal page for more information about port wine in general.
address: Avenida Diogo Leite 344Their tour lasts around 20min and is quite informative for beginners. It is followed by a tasting of two Port wines. They sell their old empty oak casks to Glenfiddich. Calem is owned by Sogevinus, which also owns other well known brands such as Kopke, Burmester, and Barros.
phone: +351 223 772 956 or +351 223 742 800address: Rua do Choupelo 250They are further uphill and have a terrace with great views over Porto. You can also enjoy their Port wine in the adjacent garden. You can buy samples by the glass which are cheap (starting at €1) and you get generous portions. Tours are also available and start every 30-40min. The tour price of €5 includes tastings of three Port wines. Founded in and family owned since 1692.
phone: +351 913 007 950address: Rua Serpa Pinto 346The basic tasting consists of two Port wines. Other types of tastings are available including rarer and more fancy Port wines.
Bike (or walk) to the Atlantic coastHead down river 3.7 km to the marina. The journey is easy, but not particularly interesting. When you reach the marina there may be some photo opportunities with local fishing men and laundry women. Continue about 1.6 km to the nature reserve for bird watching at the estuary. Continue on from there to begin access to the path that runs south along the Atlantic Coast another 15 km to Espinho.
El Corte InglesThe outlet of the Spanish department store chain serving the Porto region is spread over an impressive total of 10 stories (half underground) and stocks everything from designer clothing to live puppies (sic!), has ample parking and a metro stop next door, as well as gastronomic options including a top-floor restaurant with decently-priced menus, a car rental agency and numerous other services.
- ibis Budget Porto Gaia
phone: +351 772 82 00address: Avenida Rua Martires de São Sebastião 247
- Park Hotel Porto Gaia
- Golden Tulip Porto Gaia Hotel & SPA
- Holiday Inn Porto Gaia
phone: +351 22 772 87 00address: Lugar das Chãs Afurada
phone: +351 22 015 15 65address: R. do Choupelo, nº 250 4400-088 Vila Nova de GaiaLuxury hotel in the heart of the historic port Wine Cellars´ District, part of the Relais & Chateaux
- Porto lies across the Douro River from Vila Nova de Gaia.