Solar Dos Canavarros

Avda Combatentes Grande Guerra 2, Sabrosa, Northern Portugal, 5060-302, Portugal
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Porto & Douro Valley

by lugubres

How many days should I spend for Porto itself and how many days for Douro Valley (port tasting)? Also I would assume that I only really need the car for the Douro Valley part and not Porto. Is that correct?

I don't know how to drive a manual, so is it better to book online in Canada first? Any other car rental tip would be appreciated.

I have about a bit less than 2 weeks. Fly into Lisbon but might do Porto then head south to Algarve (driving) and leave Lisbon last. Of course I'll do Coimbra, Aveiro, Sintra.

Thanks

Re: Porto & Douro Valley

by colares

Wine tasting you can also do in V.N de Gaia opposite Porto. All brands have their warehouses there and offer tastings. Walk up the hill alittle to find smaller companies, than those right on the river less visitors/busses). The big companies also charge for the tasting!
The Douro valley I would do by train and boat! There are organised tours (see: http://www.douroazul.pt/English-108.aspx) of one and more days. The train follows the river other than the street which very often turns off into the hills. The streets are rather small and sometimes full of trafic. The train ride Porto - Regua is around 2 hours and should be approx. 6 Euros p.p.
For overnight stays in the valley either select Règua, which has avariety of hotels, restaurants and a train station or Pinhao further upstream with hotels, restaurants and train station - this city is much smaller than Regua. The local "Turismo" (Tourist Office) will for sure help you with visting nearby Quintas for tasting the wine.
Having then returned to Porto, you can get your car and go south. How many days you should stay there is up to your preferences and plans. Short version: 1 day Porto, two days in the vally.
Enjoy your trip.

Re: Porto & Douro Valley

by lugubres

Thank you.

So how much p.p. for port tasting? Do small and large wine lodges all charge?

Re: Porto & Douro Valley

by colares

Had to google it with the following results: Sandeman: 4 Euros p.p.; Real Compania Velha: 2 Euros p.p.; Ferreira: 4 Euros p.p. Burmester: no info on webpage; Kopke: no info on web page.
PLEASE: If you intend to buy, don't do it in the V.N. da Gaia cellars. It is a rip off, same applies to the duty free at airports. The best is a huge supermarket - and if you have a cat later on, you will pass by some for sure - or even one of the little stores " round the corner" has better prices. Taste in the quinta/or warehouse in V.N.Da Gaia and buy somwhere else. You will save a lot of money.

Re: Porto & Douro Valley

by Roadquill

My family of 5 adults hired a driver who set up several wine/port tastings for us in and around Regua. To be candid, after a while I could not tell the difference in the brand names, plus I am not big into sweet wines, with or without being fortified with brandy. However, the excursion to the Duoro valley was a high point of our trip. Absolutely beautiful... good food. We spent 4 days in Porto, including a day for the Douro Valley. There is enough to do maybe another day. The port houses on the Gaia side of the river are fun for a few hours. Porto has some very interesting churches and a few museums. We could have used a little more time shopping on Catalina (wife and 3 daughters). We missed the coast completely. They have a great concert hall with world class musicians. As to Sintra, we were there for almost a full day and we could have used another. There is quite a lot to see, especially if you walk from Sintra to the castle and palace up top. Karl

Re: Porto & Douro Valley

by lugubres

Thank you

Travel Tips for Porto

The Wine and the River

by SonOfLusus

Porto's most famous attractions are its wine and its river (the bridges that cross it, the boats that sail it...). You can experience both of them by taking a river cruise that goes all the way to the Douro Valley, where the grapes that make the wine are grown. These are truly unique vineyards (that's why UNESCO declared them a World Heritage Site), and the views are magnificent.
You can hop on a boat on either side of the river, either by the old Ribeira district, or by the wine lodges in Vila Nova de Gaia.
Highly recommended. You don't have to be a wine lover to appreciate the magnificent views of the city and the valleys in a cruise down the Douro.
A memorable experience.

strange advertising

by arasnosliw

Such a strange sign defacing a rather beautiful (yet dilapidated) building...

"Vestir bem e barato, só aqui"

"Dress well and cheap, only here"

It's obviously advertising for a clothing shop.

Learn a bit of Portugese, even...

by p3_sheep_eo

Learn a bit of Portugese, even if its only a small bit,
Yes = Sim, No = Não,
Thank you = Obrigado, Thank you very much = Muito obrigado(a),
You're welcome = De nada, Please = Se faz favor,
Excuse me = Com licença, Hello = Olá,
Goodbye = Adeus, Tchau, So long = Até já, Até logo
Good morning = Bom dia, Good afternoon = Boa tarde,
Good evening = Boa noite, Good night = Boa noite,
I do not understand = Não percebo. These three were Porto fans and shouted they wanted us to beat FC Boavista, well i think thats what they said!

Culture

by IneXisTenZ

Each people that have passed through the territory, that comprehends theactual Portugal have left their mark in terms of culture. From Roman times, and even from before then, as a result of the long Arab presence and their own maritime voyages to Africa, the Far East and the Southern Atlantic, the Portuguese have built up a unique culture and a different art.
Especially in the south, Portuguese architecture is a knowledgeable blend of Arab features and European styles such as the Renaissance. Of them all, the Manueline style (16th-century), an exaltation of the Portuguese overseas expansion, is perhaps the most original. Some of these masterpieces are considered World Heritage, and Portugal, a small country, is proud of having no less than 12 classified sites!
The art of the 'azulejos', the glazed decorative tile, inherited from the Moors, was used in Portugal in a very different way from all the other European countries. The most distinctive tiles are the blue and white azulejos of the baroque period. They are used to line the walls of churches, cloisters and palaces, forming a kind of graffiti that tells us the stories of saints or recounts profane themes, such as... the fables of La Fontaine.
Kept at Portuguese Museums are magical pieces that teach people about our art and history and show us the works of art that were born from the artistic inspiration of the Portuguese in their encounters with other peoples. More.
But culture is also the reflection of a lifestyle. Calm and tranquil (except when behind a steering-wheel) and endowed with an innate sense of politeness, the Portuguese have a melancholic side to them, that they refer to as “saudade” and which finds its most moving expression in Fado.

Stadium of Boavista FC

by Frankinho

The Estadio do Bessa was under construction when we were there, they are preparing it for the European Soccer Championships in 2004, which will take place in ... yes, you guessed right! : Portugal. Both stands behind the goals were completely gone, but the high main stands at both sides provided for a nice soccer atmosphere. Somewhat disappointingly, only about 6,000 spectators showed up for this UEFA Cup match, among them about 300 Hertha fans from Berlin.

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