Vila Nova de Gaia Municipality

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  • Day35

    Our Porto Apartment

    October 8, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Our apartment is in a wonderful location (again), and so comfortable. I love being on the waterfront, where we can watch the boats and ships pass by - we have seen so many river cruise ships on their way up and back from the Douro Valley. We are in the heart of the Riberia neighbourhood, which is full of colour and activity and, with so many wonderful restaurants, we are spoiled for choice.Read more

  • Day36

    Porto tour with Peter's Beetle

    October 9, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Ian saw this tour advertised on Airbnb and thought it looked like fun, so we booked it, and it was absolutely brilliant and lots of fun. Rui, our tour guide, had set up this company about a year ago. He inherited his grandfather’s VW Beetle and decided to fix it up, and when he would drive it around town he was often stopped by people asking if the car was for hire - this gave him the idea to start this tour. It operates out of a jewellery store that he and his wife own, which was just two minutes walk from our apartment.

    We were driven around in the back seat of a convertible beetle (ours was red, there is also a blue one). Rui took us to many of the sites of Porto, and provided us with a great overview of the city and the layout so we could then decide where we wanted to return to. Rui is very knowledgeable and passionate about Porto. He was born here as were his parents, his mother on one side of the river and his father on the other. We also had the opportunity to stop a number of times and take photos, plus Rui took several photos of us, which turned out really well.

    Rui even offered to drop us off at a different spot to where we started the tour - Livraria Lello - the bookstore that inspired JK Rowling to write the Harry Potter novels, when she was living in Porto and working as an English teacher! Not only did Rui drop us at the bookstore, he took us to the ticket office and got us fast track entry for 5 Euro, less than it would have cost us to book ourselves, and we jumped the huge queue waiting to get in.

    The tour took us through the Riberia neighbourhood, down one of the oldest streets in Porto, the bookstore, the Old Prison, the Carmo Church, the Sé Cathedral, Torre dos Clérigos, Palàcio Bolsa, Santo António hospital (the old and new), Praça Da Cordoaria, and the Old Market that is being renovated and should be completed by 2021 at a cost of approximately 33 million Euros! We also went to the Town Hall, Palàcio das Artes, Estacãco são Bento, Capella das Alma’s, and we crossed a couple of bridges - Ponte do Infante to get over the river and Ponte de D. Luís I to cross back. Finally, he drove us along the Rio Douro to where it meets the sea, and along the Atlantic Ocean coastline for a bit through a lovely little village called Foz Do Douro. It had such a nice feel about it, and it didn’t feel like Porto was only 15 minutes away.

    We had a fabulous time and Rui was so generous with his time and information. He also gave us a number of restaurant recommendations - we have made reservations at two of them.
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  • Day39

    Time to taste port

    October 12, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    We decided on a slightly later start today as the Estate we planned to visit didn’t open till 10am. We walked down to the funicular again and caught it up to the top to walk across the bridge to Vila Nova de Gaia. Here we caught the light rail a couple of stops, and then made our way to the cellar of Real Companhia Velha, which had been recommended to us by our host Paola. It was a good call as it was a fabulous.

    We first saw a video, giving some history of the Real Companhia Velha - it was the oldest wine company in Portugal, set up originally by the King and Prime Minister. It is now an amalgamation of a number of vineyards that have been acquired over time. We then did the English tour of the cellars with Pedro and, as Ian had selected the premium tasting, once the tour of the cellars was completed we were asked to wait in the cellars while the rest of the group was taken off to the tasting room. When he came back, Pedro gave us special treatment as he knew we were from Melbourne.

    Pedro was a wonderful advocate for the company and was especially excited to talk to us about the Melbourne Grand Prix, as he is a GP fan and Melbourne is his favourite circuit and race. We had to confess that we don’t attend this event and aren’t particular interested in car racing, but he didn’t seem to mind. We were given more of a tour of the cellars, seeing some special port barrels signed by celebrities, including Ayrton Senna, Pierre Cardin, Andie McDowell, and General Franco (Spanish Dictator).

    Pedro also took us on a tour of the owners personal cellar that contains some very rare and precious vintages. Once we finished our special tour we headed to the tasting room where we combined a classic and premium tasting that gave us eight ports to try - lucky neither of us had to drive! Pedro spent a lot of time with us educating us about ports, and I feel I now have a much better appreciation of port. I discovered that I am quite partial to white and rosé port, both of which are nice with tonic water and mint or on the rocks. Pedro is hoping to get to Melbourne for the Grand Prix in 2021, so we gave him our email and told him to contact us if he makes it over, and we would show him around and take him out to dinner. We finally finished our tasting when Pedro’s boss came over and told him he needed to have a lunch break - I think he would have talked to us for another hour or so if he wasn't interrupted.

    We left the estate and made our way back to the light rail to head into Porto for lunch at TapaBento again.
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  • Day35

    Porto - first impressions

    October 8, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Love it, love it, love it. This place is gorgeous, full of life and colour and history, and the tiles, the tiles are magnificent. I used to love an old or interesting door, but I think the tiles of Portugal, and particularly Porto, have captured my attention more so.

    After unpacking and admiring the view from our balcony for a while, we went out to explore the local area. We walked along the waterfront, took detours down winding and narrow streets, and just enjoyed the ambience of the area. We decided to get a Porto Card, which includes a transport card, so we headed off to find the Tourist Information Centre with the ’assistance’ of google maps! The only down side of our location is that most places you go on foot involve steep inclines and steps, and we encountered much of both as we weaved our way up, down and around - sometimes Google maps seems to take you on the most difficult and indirect route possible. We eventually made it to the Tourist office (located in about the highest spot in Porto), bought our tickets and, I must admit, we were afforded some wonderful views as the sun was setting over Porto.

    We ended up stopping at a restaurant on the way back to the apartment called Português de Gema - projeto de economia social, which was a restaurant that is not for profit social project that reintegrated people from the street back into society, by providing them with the opportunity to gain skills either front of house or in the kitchen. We had a lovely meal. The restaurant has nice simple decor, and there is a lovely little terrace. It felt good to support this type of concern that is trying to make a difference.
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  • Day38

    Exploring More of Porto

    October 11, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 10 °C

    We decided to head over to Vila Nova De Gaia - located on the other side of the river - early, to get some views back across to Ribeira and Porto. We caught the funicular dos Guindais, and then walked across the Ponte de D. Luis I. We also explored the Jardin Do Morro, a very popular location to watch the sunset from, something we didn’t end up doing. We then caught the metro to the Casa da Musica, a beautiful modern concert hall. We had a coffee break here, and then caught a bus to Serralves a beautiful modern museum in the most wonderful gardens. We wandered around the museum first before heading out to the gardens, which also had a number of sculptures on display. At the museum we saw the Olafur Eliasson - Your Future is Now exhibit. I have done a separate entry for Serralves.Read more

  • Day39

    Last dinner in Portugal

    October 12, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    For our last dinner in Porto we went to the third restaurant that was recommended by Rui our guide from earlier in the week. Again, the staff were lovely and engaging and we had a delicious dinner once more. I had octopus and Ian had the grilled Sea Bass - both very fresh - but no dessert as we had been spoilt by the desserts at TapaBento.Read more

  • Day38

    Dinner at Adega S. Nicolau

    October 11, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Again, this is a recommendation from Rui. Every evening when we pass by this place there is a huge line of people waiting, to avoid this we made a reservation. We had some Cod croquettes to start and then I had the grilled tiger prawns and Ian chose a veal dish. We also chose a nice red from the Douro to accompany our meal. We had a lovely evening and had a really good waiter who was interesting and spoke to us about wines from the area.Read more

  • Day32

    Santiago, Spain to Aguda, Portugal.

    May 21, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Hello form Aguda, Portugal. I left this morning from Santiago at 615 am. A couple of train rides later, I find myself in Aguda...a beach town that compares to York/York Beach with a little OOB thrown in during the summer. Right now, it is pretty calm....a huge beach and crazy surf but nobody on the beach due to the wind. I arrived at around one and had a talk with one of the Fire/EMS guys at the station on the way into town who offered me a place to sleep at the station tonight. They are way behind us when it comes to protocols which he was very cynical about. I mean way behind like back in the 80’s for us. So, I sit here writing this at a small cafe in town who’s owner cooked me dinner tonight which was special because she usually does not cook meals on Monday nights. So, tomorrow, the beach here and then I will make my way back to Porto and get to know the city. Goodnight from Aguda, Portugal!Read more

  • Day33

    Aguda back to Porto, Portugal

    May 22, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ 🌙 14 °C

    Hey from Porto, Portugal! I am a day behind with the whole blogging thing...I do apologize. There are a a lot of things that come into play...mostly WiFi issues. It does not take a strong WiFi connection to blog but it does effect the uploading of the photos....bad WiFi can take up to an hour or more to upload photos. Anyway, I spent the day yesterday on the beach in Aguda. A great day but exhausting as any day in the sun will make you feel. I awoke yesterday morning in the local firehouse as the the guys put me up being am EMS brother and all. I feel bad for them as they are fighting the same battle as we did in the late 70’s and 80’s. I made my way back to Porto late in the afternoon yesterday...not a lot to show you as I hiked from the train station to my hostel with no fantastic photos or anything. A lot of the walk was through residential and blue collar areas. I spent last nightt at a decent hostel called Rock n hostel...a tribute to musicians. Not a bad place. I was bunked with young girls from France and a girl from the US living in France. It’s okay but I don’t have a lot in common with them being that I could be their dad and all....but all n all, okay. I awoke this morning and made my way to the old city....I could have taken a cab but chose to walk as we backpackers or pilgrims tend to do. I find myself in a hostel tonight with a guy from Belgium, a girl from the Ukraine and a couple from Argentina....A great discussion before bed. Tomorrow, I will make myway to a place near the airport so I have easy access to my flight Friday morning. It will be great to be headed home! That’s it for now....goodnight from Porto, Portugal!Read more

  • Day100

    One day in Porto!

    June 27, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Our next stop was Porto, I need to say that we liked it a lot, more than Lisbon. It is more cosy and relaxed, we stayed just one day so we would like to visit it again sometime.
    It was a full program, we had a nice dinner, b-boy show and a "concert" close to the river.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Vila Nova de Gaia, Vila Nova de Gaia Municipality, فيلا نوا دغايا, Вила Нова ди Гая, Βίλα Νόβα ντε Γκάια, ویلا نوا دگایا, ヴィラ・ノヴァ・デ・ガイア, ვილა-ნოვა-დე-გაია, 빌라노바드가이아, Cale, Вила-Нова-ди-Гая, Bila Nuoba de Gaia, ولا نووا دی گائیا, Вила Нова де Гаја, วีลานอวาดือไกยา, Віла-Нова-ді-Гайя, 加亚新城

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