Vila Nova de Gaia
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From Porto: Serra do Porto Natural Park Quad Bike Tour

1. From Porto: Serra do Porto Natural Park Quad Bike Tour

Experience the emotions of a quad ride on a tour through the magnificent landscapes of the Serra de Porto Natural Park. On this 3-hour tour, we will pick you up from your hotel/apartment in Porto or Gaia and take you to Baltar for the start of the activity, where you will receive a safety briefing before the start of your quad tour. Get tips on how to ride a quad before you head out. Explore the terrain of our Serras do Porto natural park, stopping to absorb and capture the landscape with your camera all of our beautiful landscapes. After returning to our facilities, you will be taken back to your hotel/apartment.

Porto: Private Yacht down River Douro

2. Porto: Private Yacht down River Douro

Sail on a private yacht and escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Start your adventure at Douro Marina in Afurada. Relax and unwind as you cruise down the famous Douro River, one of the most beautiful rivers in Europe. Admire the spectacular views ahead. Jump off the yacht and straight into the turquoise waters, if you like. Feel the sun on your face as you sunbathe in style. Enjoy a complimentary glass of port wine, water, or espresso as you sail down the river. Explore Porto and Gaia with no traffic, lines, or crowds. Totally customized and fun for your friends and family. Beverages and snacks are available to purchase onboard. Sit back relax and cruise like a VIP on your own private yacht.

Porto and Gaia City Tour by Replica Vintage Ford Model T

3. Porto and Gaia City Tour by Replica Vintage Ford Model T

Meet your guide at one of several pickup points in central Porto. Embark on a 90-minute tour of Porto and Gaia in an electrical replica of a vintage Ford T car.  Learn about the history of Porto as well as local legends and anecdotes. Explore the historic center of Porto and the city of Gaia across the River Douro. Enjoy some stops for photos at locations including São Bento Train Station, Porto Cathedral, Palacio de Bolsa, Clérigos Church, Rivoli Theater, and Serra do Pilar Monastery.

Porto Half-Day Tour and Wine Tasting

4. Porto Half-Day Tour and Wine Tasting

Discover one of the oldest cities in Europe on a half-day sightseeing tour of Porto, and learn its rich and diverse history, from the 4th century when Romans occupied the Iberian Peninsula, to its modern day renaissance. Start by exploring the "Bairro da Sé," to discover the heart of Porto's roots in the Ribeira. Admire the traditional architecture that earned the city status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996, and wander past historic store fronts and ancient plazas that were built over Roman ruins. After immersing yourself in Porto's history and local culture, visit one of its most famous wine cellars. Located in the historic heart of the Vila Nova de Gaia, it’s here that you can enjoy the chance to sample some of Portugal’s world renowned wines from age-old vineyards.

Porto: Guided Sailing Experience in Douro River

5. Porto: Guided Sailing Experience in Douro River

Departing from the convenient meeting point in Douro Marina, you'll have a pure sailing experience on a race boat while you can watch the magnificent views over Porto and Gaia river areas. Experience the unique feeling of using only the wind to move the boat and the adrenaline of moving on the water.   You can trim the sails, drive the boat, and take care of the functions on board or you can just relax and let the skipper do everything. Depending on the wind conditions, you can have a more extreme experience or you can ask the skipper to slow down and take things more smoothly.

Porto: Ribeira Walking Tour

6. Porto: Ribeira Walking Tour

This 2.5-hour walking tour starts in front of the statue of Bishop António Ferreira Gomes, opposite the Clérigos Tower. Explore some of the most beautiful neighborhoods along the Douro River on this scenic riverside tour of Porto! Porto’s banks have seen the launch of the first expeditions into the Atlantic, which enabled the colonial expansion of Portugal and ensured economic prosperity for the city even in times of crisis. Porto’s explorers set up some of the earliest Portuguese trade routes and the city is also home to the first Portuguese Navy. Even with their sights set on lands far away, the people of Porto didn’t take their eyes off what they had at home. Known as the "unbeaten city", Porto fought back against any king, bishop or emperor (to name just a few) who tried to invade their shores. The Porto of today is famous for its scenic riverbanks and its delicious port wine – both of which are products of the resourcefulness, bravery and strength of this city. Just below the iconic Dom Luis I bridge lies Gaia which is littered with cellars where port wine is stored and aged. Learn how the area evolved into the most visited part of the riverbank. Join this tour to explore the neighborhoods on either side of the famous Dom Luis Bridge and discover why the entire city was given UNESCO World Heritage status in 1996! Listen to stories of discovery and victorious battles as you take in the magnificent atmosphere of this fascinating city.

From Porto: Braga & Guimarães Full-Day Tour with Lunch

7. From Porto: Braga & Guimarães Full-Day Tour with Lunch

Depart from your hotel in Porto or Vila Nova de Gaia to see medieval Guimarães and historic center. Guimarães, the so–called Cradle of Portugal is one of the most important Portuguese historical cities, and a historic center considered a UNESCO Cultural Heritage site. Spend a beautiful morning in a beautiful place. After lunch, explore historic Braga and the old Cathedral of Sé. Visit the nearby Bom Jesus Sanctuary and experience the most famous religious sanctuary in Portugal. After visiting Rome, Archbishop Diogo de Sousa drew a city where the squares and churches were abound as they are in Rome, which became Braga. Discover this city of traditions and cultures.

Portugal: Braga Private-Tour

8. Portugal: Braga Private-Tour

Start your day with a convenient pick-up service at your accommodation in either Porto or Vila Nova de Gaia. Here, your friendly and informative guide will be waiting to meet you. After a short meet and greet you will set-off on your adventure, a journey through the ancient city of Braga.   During your 4-hour visit to this famous, religious city, you will visit the attraction known as the Triangle of Faith. The Triangle of Faith comprises the Cathedral, the Triangle Sanctuary of Bom Jesus and Sameiro. Visit the Braga Cathedral, characterized and famous for its different architectural styles, blending Roman, Manueline and Baroque. This Cathedral is considered one of the most important Romanesque Temples in the country and is also the oldest. Next, visit the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus, a famous structure known for its central theme - the sacred road. Numerous chapels line the endless staircase, representing each station. This religious monument is also a truly romantic and relaxing place, with stunning views of the city. Lastly, you will explore the sanctuary of Sameiro, the second largest sanctuary in devotion to the Virgin Mary in Portugal. Marvel at the structure's architectural form before enjoying a comfortable ride back to your accommodation to complete your journey. 

Porto: Accessible Sailing Tour

9. Porto: Accessible Sailing Tour

Enjoy the opportunity of participating in sailing maneuvers and steering Inca, a catamaran specially designed for people with special needs. A one-of-its-kind boat, this catamaran is fast, fun and perfect for sightseeing with plenty of room to have you and your guests on board. During your picturesque sail, you'll see the magnificent landscapes of Vila Nova de Gaia and Porto from the water. Depending on the sea conditions, you’ll be taken towards the open water to enjoy the pleasure of sailing and experience the sense of freedom that can only be delivered by the ocean.

Serra da Estrela Private Tour

10. Serra da Estrela Private Tour

After being picked up in a minivan from your hotel in Porto or Vila Nova de Gaia, begin your tour to one of the biggest mountains in continental Portugal. Enjoy the magnificent views, valleys, rivers, and lagoons. Discover the region which is also rich in tradition, history, culture, and gastronomy. Visit the Serra da Estrela cheese factory which produces a creamy scented cheese that is appreciated across the country. Enjoy a tour of the factory and taste some cheese for yourself. Make a stop at the Bread Museum and learn about the traditional bread of the region called Seia bread. Learn about bread making tradition and try some samples. After this, enjoy free time to explore the mountains, ride the chairlift, and participate in snow activities in the winter.

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What people are saying about Vila Nova de Gaia

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 99 reviews

To do! Super pleasant, unusual, and you can enjoy all the pretty views of the city for 1h30 without getting tired. Perfect for lovers, very romantic. Under the sun it was great! We thought it was much more fun to do than the boat tours. Thanks to our guide Kathy for her good humor and directions.

The quads made quick work of the trails and there was no shortage of speed for the adrenaline junkies out there. The guides were incredibly friendly and outgoing, eager to share this experience with everyone. The ride was long but you definitely get your money's worth. 10/10, would go again.

The tour was great fun. Our driver gave us a lot of good tips and we always had a stopover for photos. The ride in the vintage car was an experience and we are in countless photos of enthusiastic passers-by. Event very clear recommendation

Leo was hands down the best guide I've ever had. She was extremely knowledge and was very accommodating and very personable. It was a great way to see the city. If you are thinking about doing this guided trip definitely ask for Leo.

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