8. From Porto: Aveiro Day Trip with wine experience
A journey through two of the most beautiful cities in the north of the country with surprises, history, curiosities and a wine tasting in an internationally fashionable place. Do you know what we are talking about? We'll tell you all the details...
We leave early in the morning to make the most of the day. A walk through the most beautiful areas of the city to work up an appetite and continue on to the Carcavelos Bridge, a symbol of Art Nouveau, which we will tell you about in detail and also a good place from which to go to the Chapel of São Gonçalinho, which houses relics from the 18th century. We have a few stories to tell you! But for stories, you should go to the Arte Nova Museum, which allows you to learn about the social and cultural context of the origin of the movement while you sit in Captain Major Pessoa's tea house and listen to live jazz music. Quite an experience!
Do you know what role Aveiro played in the Age of Discovery? The best place to find out is the Monument to João Afonso, an outstanding personality of the period. And nearby you will see the Sé de Aveiro Cathedral, the most important religious building in the city. And the other main pillar? Culture: a visit to the Averiense Theatre is a must!
Before finishing, we will make a last stop at the Monument to José Estêvão Coelho de Magalhães, one of the most illustrious politicians in the history of Portugal. But what about all the recommendations and picturesque spots we've told you about? You have two hours free to explore the city at your leisure! Recommendation: Don't leave without trying the local gastronomy!
Vila Nova de Gaia
When you arrive back in Porto, we have a surprise for you: WOW! And it will not only be the word that comes out of your mouth, but also the name of the new trendy place in the city. A refurbished area with an important cultural offer where culinary arts and wine have a special role. It is an acronym for World of Wine, and its name "The World of Wine" perfectly represents the experience you are about to live. A wine tourism immersion that includes the presentation and detailed explanation of each wine, its differences and peculiarities. You will become wine experts! And after learning, smelling and looking, you will have to taste. We offer you the possibility of tasting and sampling not one, not two, but three kinds of the best wines of the season.
Back to Oporto or not...
We propose you the best of the options for an unforgettable day: We will finish shortly in the afternoon and we would not like you to leave Villanova de Gaia, the cradle of the Port wine industry, without having enjoyed its essence. This is where the best vineyards of the Douro River Valley have been found, as well as the cellars for the ageing of its fine wines. That's why we offer you the possibility to stay! Our guide will say goodbye at the exit of the WOW while explaining you how to get back to the starting point in Porto.