OceanView Apartment Near Porto
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Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
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 Porto:
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 Porto Ribeira. 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 Avenida dos Aliados 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 Ribeira in Gaia or in Porto or Avenida dos Aliados for a good browse radiating out from the centre.
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 Aguda where there is another picturesque little fishermen's village and after that Granja. Or just explore the nice avenues of the old but still posh Miramar and have a taste of the delicious ice cream sold outside a restaurant near where Sr. 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 caves' for a piece of wine making history, wine tasting and even buying. .
The city of Porto is of great historical interest. At the Romanesque Cathedral (Se' do Porto) 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.
Wine Port Caves (cellars) tasting and guided tours.
Museu Palacio da Bolsa (19th century stock exchange).
Museu do Carro Eléctrico (transit museum).
Centro Português de Fotografia (Portuguese Photography Museum).
Fundação de Serralves modern art museum.
Casa da Música (House of Music) concert hall.
Mercado do Bolhão, a traditional market.
Climb the 200 stairs of the tower of the Torre dos Clérigos church for 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 Torre dos Clerigos!), 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 City Tour, and Porto Vintage + 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- Cidade do Porto 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 Km from the flat. Supermarkets are at about 2 Km - 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 Porto 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 Porto sightseeing ticket you can also use it to travel from the flat to Porto and back on public transport (STCP bus 902, ES bus 11, ES bus 12), 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 -
(To access the websites provided, copy and paste them to the search address bar).
Nearest Travel Links
Porto (Aeroporto Sa Carneiro): 20 km
Canidelo (coimbroes): 5 km
There are direct flights to Porto 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 Andante tickets at the tourist desk (Posto Turismo) in the airport, at the Metro station or at Multibanco (cash machines). The ticket is €2.20 per person. The Metro system – Linha (Line) E will take you into the centre of Porto. Get off at Casa Musica station and catch the STCP 902 bus service to Lavadores from Bus Stop . Get off at last bus stop Lavadores. 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 Porto tours.They are a tourism company in partnership with Porto 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
Tennis in town (Madalena)
Golf within 20 mins drive
Beach or lakeside relaxation
A winter sun break
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lavadores beach just in front|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Francisco Sá Carneiro 20 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Internet access, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, Telephone, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, Climbing frame|
The Costa Verde region
Although cooler than the Algarve, this coastal region of northern Portugal gets plenty of sunshine. Where the Atlantic rollers meet the shore, they combine to produce beautiful golden beaches. Even in winter, a sunny day could reach the low 60s in the afternoon (16/17 C) and the summer heat is often eased by an on shore breeze. As the name suggests, there is enough rain through the year to give the hills that reach close to the coast their green appearance.
The region has long been inhabited and as a result there are many old communities, the largest being Oporto which has a historic centre including many buildings centuries old.
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