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Things to do in Vila Nova de Gaia

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Wineries in Vila Nova de Gaia
Porto Sandeman
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Wineries in Vila Nova de Gaia
Ferreira Cellars
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Offley Cellars
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Wineries in Vila Nova de Gaia
Porto Sandeman
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This is an old English winery, the most powerful of Gaia, which has a restaurant with views of the boardwalk along the Duero. It has a big mixed menu and everything is tasty, offering "fast" food on a terrace with a great environment. Here you can try the typical francesinhas and cubs (pups), but I prefer the sandwiches. If you want to visit wineries you must pay a fee, and wait your turn, I visited the Croft cellars which was free and very pleasant.
Viewpoints in Vila Nova de Gaia
Vila Nova de Gaia
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I visited Oporto the night of San Juan (June 24, 2011). I never imagined that a city could move me in such a way. It turned out to be full of people, crowded places, music, bonfires in the streets, the smell of grilled sardines, wine and happiness. I do not know how Oporto is on other dates but I must admit that on the night of San Juan, Porto is wonderful and full of life! The vantage point of Vila Nova de Gaia is fantastic because there is peace and calm there. I have a lovely view of the river Douro and the city as the sun went down that will be in my memory and heart forever!
Churches in Vila Nova de Gaia
Mosteiro da Serra do Pilar
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This monastery is the symbol of the city of Vila Nova de Gaia , and although I had the opportunity to visit inside, it does not go unnoticed because it is on top of a hill and is visible from any point, especially since the Muelle de la Ribera Port is just opposite. The entire area of ​​the bank of the Douro is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was founded in the 16th century by the Augustinians. What is surprising is the church with a circular dome, a replica of the Church of Santa Maria Round of Rome.It was a defensive fortress-like monastery, and in fact was used as such in the year 1832. Now it is property of the Army Artillery Regiment Portuguese.
Wetlands in Vila Nova de Gaia
Douro River Cruise
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Throughout the cruise, the vineyards grow on both sides. What I remember about it are the locks, moving from side to side of the dam. Because of this, the boat becomes a kind of ship and, once there, it begins to fill up with water until the ship reaches the level of the river on the other side. It feels a bit claustrophobic but it is certainly an experience you will never forget. I also remember that every time I think of the Duero, the verses I learned when I was a child: Rio Douro, Douro River, no one to go with low, no one stops to hear your eternal verse of water. And I remember watching the foam which makes the boat pass, as the words of love you speak of romance. Rio Douro Douro River today to accompany low. Today I pause to hear your eternal verse of water.
Beaches in Vila Nova de Gaia
Senhor da Pedra Miaramar Beach
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The Miramar beach, 250 meters long, is situated near the beach of do Senhor da Pedra and the chapel of the same name. Part of the coast of Vila Nova de Gaia and it runs the nearly 18 miles of beaches in the Portuguese town. In the vicinity there are plenty of places to park for free, and there is a train station nearby.
Of Touristic Interest in Vila Nova de Gaia
Vila Nova de Gaia Boardwalk (Avenida Beira-Mar)
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This walk along the coast to Vila Nova de Gaia is a promenade that runs along about 18 miles of beaches in this city. Specifically, the path crosses Lavadores beaches, Salgueiros, North canide, canide Sul, North Madalena, Madalena Sul, North Valadares, Valadares Sul, Sea Dunes, FranceMar, Francelos, Senhor da Pedra, Miramar, Mar e Sol,Acute and Farm. It is a very nice ride, ideal for exploring all the beaches in the area, in addition to seeing some of the tourist attractions of the city such as the do Senhor da Pedra Capela , or the Dunas Park Aguda. Along the walk you can also find many restaurants and bars. I recommend you to eat the Restaurant Areal Beach, near the beaches of Miramar and do Senhor da Pedra.
Gardens in Vila Nova de Gaia
Jardim do Morro
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Many visitors know and cross the Dom Luis bridge between Porto and Gaia, but the majority do so on the lowest level, where cars pass. If you want to have spectacular and panoramic views from Porto, it is best to follow the subway path, in the higher part. If you do not suffer from vertigo, you can cross it and take fantastic photographs from the small park opposite, in Gaia, where groups usually meet to chat, or gentlemen students to enjoy the afternoon.
Of Touristic Interest in Vila Nova de Gaia
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Wineries in Vila Nova de Gaia
Ferreira Cellars
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One of the visits when in Vila Nova de Gaia Porto is going to one of their warehouses. Although the vines that lead to the drafting of the wine are found in the high Douro Valley, the Fermentation and aging is done in Vila Nova de Gaia. The origin of the wine appellation is Porto, igiven by the wine shortage England suffered as a result of the war it had with France in the year 1678.England went to the wines of Portugal and Spain for supplies, when some Liverpool merchants flocked to a technique used in the Monastery of Lamego for wine and transferred it to the island. This technique was to add the wine during fermentation and interrupting it. Consequently, the wine has higher alcohol content and a higher proportion of sugar fermented not completely finished. The visit to the winery is a few more than are able to do, that is a brief explanation of how it collects, embarrica and bottled. The price is four euros per person with a small taste, being the languages ​​Portuguese, English and French. My particular advice is not to purchase any bottle in his showroom, since the price is higher than that then you can buy at any big surface. The difference found by for a normal wine bottle was 3 euros.
Churches in Vila Nova de Gaia
Igreja de Santa Marinha
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This church is very close to the Paseo del Duero, on a parallel street. This was where I had parked, after many rounds and being in traff. It was closed, so we only saw the outside. It is situated on a platform above ground level. It was constructed in the 14th century, but reconstructed by architect Nicolau Nasoni in the 18th. Its facade is Baroque, and has a single tower on the right side, giving an unfinished appearance. On one of the side of the wall there is a mosaic made of tiles in the year 1946.
Beaches in Vila Nova de Gaia
Praia da Aguda
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The Aguda beach,which is 420 meters long, is one of the most visited beaches of the coastal area of ​​Vila Nova de Gaia. Besides walking, you can reach it walking along the pedestrian walk that passes through the nearly 18 miles of beaches in Vila Nova de Gaia. We came walking from the Capela do Senhor da Pedra and we had a drink at one of the beachside bars. Next to the beach you can visit the Aguda Dunes Park.
Nature Reserves in Vila Nova de Gaia
Dunas de Aguada Park
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The Acute Dunes Park, founded in the year 1997, is situated next to the Acute beach , in Vila Nova de Gaia. You can access it by the road, you just have to walk about 18 kilometers along the beaches of Vila Nova de Gaia. In the park you can see some plant species that only exist in that area. The visit is free. Once you enter, you can visit along the wooden paths that run throughout the park. Each species has little signs explaining the rigor. Its a very entertaining if you are around that area.
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Churches in Vila Nova de Gaia
Capela do Senhor da Pedra
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The Chapel of Senhor da Pedra is situated in the district of Miramar, in Vila Nova de Gaia. Its location is very original and unusal, as it is in the middle of the beach of Senhor da Pedra. To reach it, there is a path of wooden planks jutting out onto the beach which takes us halfway. The rest of the track (which is a short distance), runs along the beach itself, making it convenient to visit the chapel with beach shoes or even flip flops, to make it easy to go walk on the sand. The chapel is beautiful, both from the outside and inside, and it has lovely views of both the sea and the beach. The visit to the interior is free. From Porto it takes about 20 minutes to get to Miramar, and once there you can't miss it, because the chapel can be seen from the promenade that runs along the 15 km stretch of Vila Nova de Gaia. It is a very interesting, and it is not a well known tourist speaking, so that you can stroll through the area without fear of crowds.
Wineries in Vila Nova de Gaia
Offley Cellars
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A visit to the Port Wine Cellars is mandatory for anyone traveling to Porto / Vila Nova de Gaia, even if you're not fond of the stuff. There are several types of visits, the cheapest is the "classic visit", for €3 per person, and includes 2 wine tastings. It is open from March to October.
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Markets in Vila Nova de Gaia
Mercado da Beira Rio
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When you cross the river and get to Vila Nova da Gaia, everyone visits the wineries, as they are the biggest tourist attraction, and on the same side as the top wineries is the Municipal Market. Its an old style market, like those that no longer exist, with stone counters where merchandise is displayed, with plants in counters, and hens in cages that can be purchased alive or dead.
Harbors in Vila Nova de Gaia
Barca de Alva
Barca d'Alba had an old train station way between Spain and Portugal. The tiny pier is where our adventure began into the vineyards and almond trees that we would see along the Duero.
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The best things to do in Vila Nova de Gaia

There are many places to visit in Vila Nova de Gaia, a city located in northern Portugal on the left bank of the Douro River. Although many think the city is part of Oporto, it is a totally independent city.

This city is famous for hosting the Port wine cellars, which are one of the great attractions in Vila Nova de Gaia. Some things to see in Vila Nova de Gaia include monuments such as the Church of Santa Marinha, the Mosteiro da Serra do Pilar, and the Capela do Senhor da Pedra, the oldest place of worship in Portugal. In tourist guides you will find more things to do in Vila Nova de Gaia, such as visiting other small monuments and emblematic places of the city. In addition, we recommend that you leave some time for stuff to do in Vila Nova de Gaia such as strolling along the river, boating on the Douro, or visiting some of the famous cellars where port wine is produced.

Still unsure of what to do in Vila Nova de Gaia? One of the most popular Vila Nova de Gaia activities is riding in the colorful wooden boats used to offer tourists romantic journeys along the Douro River.

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