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The Oporto/Vila Nova de Gaia area Those wanting a quiet, relaxing holiday will find plenty of beaches to choose from within walking distance in Gaia-and plenty of cafes, bars and restaurants at intervals along the boardwalk linking them.
We can provide you with bicycles to use during your holiday.
Bicycle route to get to port: On exiting the flat turn right and keep going always along the sea which will take you to the mouth of the river. Turning right along the river Douro it will take you to a small port in a fishermen's village and under the Arrabida bridge. Keep going along the river on to the area of Gaia quay side. There you'll find racks to secure the bikes so that, if you wish, you can visit the Port wine cellars. You will see on the river Douro anchored picturesque Rabelo boats w...The Oporto/Vila Nova de Gaia area Those wanting a quiet, relaxing holiday will find plenty of beaches to choose from within walking distance in Gaia-and plenty of cafes, bars and restaurants at intervals along the boardwalk linking them.
We can provide you with bicycles to use during your holiday.
Bicycle route to get to port: On exiting the flat turn right and keep going always along the sea which will take you to the mouth of the river. Turning right along the river Douro it will take you to a small port in a fishermen's village and under the Arrabida bridge. Keep going along the river on to the area of Gaia quay side. There you'll find racks to secure the bikes so that, if you wish, you can visit the Port wine cellars. You will see on the river Douro anchored picturesque Rabelo boats which in the past used to transport the wine from the Douro Valley up north down to the Port cellars in Gaia to be aged and bottled. There's also card/gift shops and a large variety of restaurants with Portuguese and international cuisine. You can get on a cruise boat up the river Douro from here. At the end of the quay side avenue cross the d. Luis bridge and turn left onto the Port River. Again you will find some very good typical Portuguese restaurants and cafes under the backdrop of ancient houses. If you still have the energy then cycle up Rua Mouzinho da Silveira to Aliados Avenue which is the heart of the historical centre.
Of course you can also walk using this route to Porto but you have to be very fit and I imagine that you will have to return by bus. Otherwise you can get Andante tickets at the airport to use on the bus from near the flat which will take you to Riverside in Gaia or in Port or Avenue of the Allies is a good browse radiating out from the centre.
Another route: On exiting the flat turn left and keep by the sea and you won't go wrong on coming back. You can also expand your route by going up a bit when the road by the sea deviates and again follow the first nearest parallel road on the right which will take you over a small bridge and then by the Miramar golf course onto Acute where there is another little picturesque fishermen's village and after that farm. Or just explore the nice avenues of the old but still posh Miramar and have a taste of the delicious ice cream sold outside the restaurant near where Mr. Da Pedra beach chapel is.
Please note that you can walk or jog but it's not allowed to ride bikes on the boardwalk that lines the beaches. There are very good purpose built bicycle tracks alongside the sea front avenue which are also used for roller skating.
If you want more activity at the beach there are areas for surfing too.
If you like old buildings, Porto has many, especially lining the steep banks of the River Douro. On the southern bank, in Vila Nova de Gaia, you can visit the ' Port ' Cellars is a piece of wine making history, wine tasting and even buying. .
The city of Porto is of great historical interest. At the Romanesque Cathedral (If ' port) John I of Portugal married Philippa of Lancaster, sister of King Henry IV of England and daughter of John Gaunt. The Portuguese-English alliance (Treaty of Windsor 1386) is the world's oldest recorded military alliance. Their son Henry the Navigator was born in 1394 in Porto, probably when the royal couple was living in the city's old mint, now a museum called Casa do Infante (Prince's House).
Porto was registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996.
Places to visit and things to do: Ribeira (quay side) on Porto and Gaia sides and its typical and modern restaurants.
Port Wine Cellars (cellars) tasting and guided tours.
Museum Palacio da Bolsa (19th century stock exchange).
Museum of the electric car (transit museum).
Portuguese Centre of photography (Portuguese Photography Museum).
Serralves Foundation modern art museum.
Casa da Musica (House of Music) concert hall.
City market bolhao, the traditional market.
Climb the stairs of the tower 200 of the Torre dos Clérigos church is an amazing vew of Porto and Gaia.
Cruises up river to the Douro Valley departing from Ribeira.
If you want to visit those places without getting tired (except Tower of Clergymen!), use the ' hop on, hop off ' Yellow Bus Official Sightseeing Tours (http://www.city-sightseeing.com/tours/portugal/porto.htm). Check the website also for information on Yellow City Cruises, Vintage, Vintage Port and City Tour + Sea Life. The yellow bus ticket also gives you free access to public transport in Gaia and Porto (STCP and tram) and gives you a discount to enter the places you want to visit.
If shopping is one of your reasons to travel, there are large stores in Gaia, such as Corte Ingles or a choice of several large shopping malls: Gaia-Gaia Shopping Centre, Arrabida Shopping Centre Porto-Oporto Shopping Centre, Norteshopping, Via Catarina Gaia Shopping Centre and Arrabida Shopping Centre have large supermarkets incorporated. However there are restaurants, cafes and small shops about 0.5 Miles from the flat. Supermarkets are at about 2 Miles-these are on the bus route to/from the flat.
The andante tickets are a practical option also to use throughout your holiday as it covers multiple journeys-you just choose the specific areas of Port you want to visit. You can also buy a ticket for either 24 or 72 hours (€ 7 or € 15 respectively) that includes all public transport (tram + buses) to travel in all of the areas of Porto and Gaia. http://www.stcp.pt/en/travel Please note that if you buy a yellow bus Port sightseeing ticket you can also use it to travel from the flat to Port and back on public transport (STCP bus 902, ES, ES 11 12 bus bus), so you don't need to buy the andante ticket for the period the sightseeing ticket is valid.
For more information please look the following website for links to the websites of some of the places to visit in Porto where you can find their timetables, contacts and some even will allow you to buy tickets in advance-http://www.oportobluebus.com/pt/http://www.yellowbustours.com/en/cities/oporto/tours/http://www.stcp.pt/en/travel/tariffs/touristic-tickets/(To access the websites provided, copy and paste them to the search address bar).
Nearest Airport: Porto Travel Links (Sa Carneiro Airport): 20 km Railway: Canidelo (coimbroes): 5 km There are direct flights to Port with several airlines from all the 3 main London airports. For the cheapest fares, Ryanair fly from Stansted and Easyjet from Gatwick. Ryanair also currently fly direct from Liverpool.
Other European countries also have direct flights to Porto, many options being offered by the budget airlines.
The airport is just north of Porto and it is about 40 minutes drive to the flat which is on the southern edge of Vila Nova da Gaia, Porto's twin city. You can get a taxi if not hiring a car from the airport.
Alternatively, if you prefer, you can let Porto's tram and bus network take you to the flat: You can buy tickets at the tourist desk in shining armor (Rank) in the airport, at the Metro station or at an ATM machine (cash machines). The ticket is € 2.20 per person. The Metro system – Line (Line) and will take you into the centre of Porto. Get off at House Music station and catch the STCP 902 bus service to the washers from Bus Stop. Get off at last bus stop Washers. Walk on about 10 minutes down the road by the sea.
I am willing to collect you from the airport and also to take you back if you wish. Transportation is in a privately owned car.
Alternatively, check airport transfers by Harbor tours.They are a tourism company in partnership with Port Council. Bicycle rentals, cruises on the river and many other sightseeing activities can also be booked with them (http://www.portotours.com/indexen.php).
Activities near Oporto Sports: Tennis in town (Magdalene) Watersports Golf within 20 mins drive Fishing Great for: Walking holidays Beach or lakeside relaxation A winter sun break City breaks Cycling holidays
Tourist License / Licencia de turismo N °: 2931/ALMore
We could not have asked for a better reception to Porto and Portugal. Antonio went out of his way to make our stay wonderful. He picked us up at the airport and in his lively manner, gave us a little tour of the area along...More
The surprise and delight of this property is being picked up by the owner and shown how to enter and exit the building. M Antonio is a charming lovcal who also provided wine and treats upon arrival and then provided transportation to local sights. Not...More
We had a marvellous stay in Antonio's flat. We already knew and loved the area. We still enjoyed it thoroughly although we didn't have as many sunny days as we usually get there even in winter with the current bad weather sweeping across Europe.