Vila Nova de Gaia Travel Guide
Ponte Luís I
Ponte Luís I
Vila Nova de Gaia (Portugal)
Vila Nova de Gaia
Wine, wine, wine
Gaia is not a touristy destination, but no visit to Porto would make sense without crossing the bridge.They should call it "Gaia wine", instead of "Port wine". All the great producers line the river in Gaia waterfront. Which one should you choose? Well, they all offer from...
D. Luis Bridge
Does it belong to Porto or Gaia? I mean: what is "the other side of the river"?Until I decide it, I better mention the bridge in both pages. If you read about it in Porto's page just skip this. Or... go back there, and find how it looks more complex after a carefull and...
Croft's (port wine producer)
After visiting the Tourist Information center at the waterside near the cable car station, we learned that Croft's gave its visitors free taste testings and tours, so it was immediatly on our tour list.Also the Port Wine we tasted (4 different types), was excellent and we of...
Taylor's (port wine producer)
Like Croft's, Taylor's also offers free tasting of several of their brands. They also have a restaurant, but I believe it is reserved for special events. They have a large selection and their staff is very helpful in advice for making a choice. If you do have problems making...
Croft Cellars - Free!
In December 2008 I went to the Croft Cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia. It was a nice experience. First the place is free of charge. They give a white port to taste, then you can do a short tour along the cellars with a friendly guide (it takes 15 minutes and highlights the main...
In my first lunch in Gaia someone recommended us this restaurant, a little "out of the beaten path" but close to the place where I needed to go.It was a very good suggestion: The restaurant is large, with a modern but discreet decoration, combining well space with intimacy,...
Pizza Hut: When we were in huge hunger
We have Pizza hut at Finland also,but when we saw these pizzas with cheese"-fingers" around the bottom,we wanted to have one-those are not sold in Finland.We went there in one night,when we had eaten nothing whole day,and walked more than in any other day-from morning until...
Pasta Caffe Ristorante Italiana: Good pasta,good service
They had these at Porto side,also at Lisbon and in other cities,but even if so,it was very good.They had good food,good service ( I asked some cahnges at my chicken-pasta,and it was no problem!) and they served wine at 0,375 L bottles,witch was nice also.At first time we...
Real Indian: Good Indian
We love Indian,so we went here,when we saw it.The view from roof terrace was beautyful!To bad,it was quite cold,and I allmost went back in.My husband had very good food at both times,I had little troubles.At first time,it didn´t even cross my mind,that tandoor-foods are...
Farggi: Very good ice-cream
Actually this wasn´t local,as we thought,but anyway-the ice-cream was VERY good!White chokolate ice-cream had chocolate-pieces on it.
White chokolate ice cream.
Ar de Rio: Thanks to VT
I found this restaurant tipped in VT,so we went in.I think we might not got in without that tip,because it didn´t look like our kind of place.But even thought it looked much too "trendy" it had good food.Little disapointment about not having own beer,when it had "Rebuplica...
Ar de Rio: Overlooking Porto and Ponte D. Luis I
Vila Nova de Gaia is along the south bank of the Douro River, just in front of Porto itself, and there are a lot of bars and restaurants. Among them, Ar de Rio offers an excellent food. One of the specialties is Francesinhas. Don't ask what this dish is made of, just try it,...
Sandeman: Big terrace
We want to sit outside,when we can,so we were looking for terraces of the restaurants for just watching people,and sit out.Firts nights we just passed Sandeman,because we thought it would be expensive and serve only port.
One night we thought to have a look,and noticed that they have all kinds of Super Bock -beer for 1,50e.
Also we liked their half-size bottles of vinho verde.For a Finn,it was also cheap,only 4e for that 3,75 liter.back home that´s the price of 12cl!
Port wasn´t our thing.Can´t say that we didn´t try to like it ;) ( We visited 5 portwine-caves)
They had also some food,but we didn´t try anything.We just came here many nights.
Dress Code: I think that there was no drescode.
Written Sep 7, 2009
Address: av.Ramos Pinto
Sandeman Port Wine Lodges: Sandeman - Vintage Port 1906
MarioPortugal 696 reviews
This 2006 year the House of Sandeman's decided to put on sale a few of the still left bottles from their 1906 Vintage.
This 100 years old Port Wine, the Sandeman Vintage Port 1906, is on sale in Vila Nova de Gaia for € 3,000 Euros.
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What to buy: Sandeman Vintage Port 1906
What to pay: € 3,000 Euros (Three Thousand Euros).
Updated Oct 26, 2006
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Port Wine Production
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