Vila Nova de Gaia Vacations

Vila Nova de Gaia is a popular place for visitors to explore while in Porto, Portugal, a city of 250,000 residents. If you are arriving by air, Vila Nova de Gaia lies 8 miles (13 kilometers) to the southeast of the Dr. Francisco de Sa Carneiro Airport. The city center of Porto is situated just 2 miles (3 kilometers) to the north.

Do make the effort to see some of the nearby museums and galleries, which help make this region such a great vacation choice. Spend a while admiring the exhibits at the Stock Exchange Palace, the Museum of Port Wine and the Center for Portuguese Photography.

Some of Porto's best-loved attractions are in Vila Nova de Gaia, including Porto Cathedral, the Crystal Palace Gardens and Ribeira Square. Visitors who enjoy visiting sacred places will enjoy the serene atmosphere at the Church of Sao Francisco, Clerigos Church and Carmelitas Church.

If you could do with a spot of retail therapy, amble through the boutiques, stores and stalls that are part of the Ferreira Borges Market.

For those travelling without children in tow, be sure to visit Sandeman Cellars, Rozes Cellars and the Cockburn Smithes Cellars.

Spend an evening with fellow sports fans at Dragao Stadium, cheering on local favorites, the FC Porto. On game days follow the procession of blue and white, to the stadium, then after the final siren sounds, join local soccer lovers at a nearby pub, bar or cafe for a few post-game beers.

To really get to know this fascinating part of the world, think about booking a room close by in one of the area’s charming bed and breakfast or hotel options. Make reservations for the Hotel Carris Porto Ribeira, the Mercure Porto Centro Hotel, or the Pestana Porto Hotel & World Heritage Site.

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