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Best things to do in Vila Nova de Gaia

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Bookstore
“The building where the library is now located was inaugurated in 1906. Special mention goes to its beautiful Art Nouveau façade with neo-Gothic details.”
298 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“The highest tower in Porto. Take the 240 steps and enjoy a view of 360º of downtown.”
265 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“This the most beautiful cafe in Porto. Actually, it’s on the Top 10 of the most beautiful cafes in the world. It dates back to 1921 under the name of Elite. It’s located on Santa Catarina Street, the main pedestrian walkway in the city. You can’t miss it. The façade is gorgeous but as you go inside your mouth opens and the sound “UAU” comes out! ”
235 locals recommend
Wine Bar
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“Wonder around the tiny streets or grab a drink during the afternoon and chill with a beautiful view to the Douro river. Lots of animation ”
195 locals recommend
Bridge
“This bridge spans the river and is just iconic. Take a walk on the top part of the bridge for the best views.”
140 locals recommend
Church
“From Praça da Ribeira rises a tangle of medieval alleys and stairways that eventually reach the hulking, hilltop fortress of the cathedral. Founded in the 12th century, it was largely rebuilt a century later and then extensively altered during the 18th century. However, you can still make out the church’s Romanesque origins in the barrel-vaulted nave. Inside, a rose window and a 14th-century Gothic cloister also remain from its early days. Terreiro da Sé Hours 9am-7pm Mon-Sat & 9.30am-12.30pm & 2.30-7pm Sun Apr-Oct, 9am-6pm Mon-Sat & 9am-12.30pm & 2.30-6pm Sun Nov-Mar Price cloisters adult/student €3/2”
111 locals recommend
Sandwich Place
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“Typical for its simple yet delicious sandwiches of piglet and portuguese cheese. Sometimes the waiting line goes down the road!”
139 locals recommend
Portuguese Restaurant
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“One of the best places to try the famous Francesinha in Porto. Get ready to wait for a long time if you get there late (be there before midday)”
141 locals recommend
Nightclub
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“Alternative nightlife place. If you like electronic music this is one of the best places in town. ”
101 locals recommend
Music Venue
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“Very cool bar.. one of the first to open in Porto city center...and also where I started dating Ana..hehe”
98 locals recommend
Train Station
“Check out the interior decorative tiles, depicting scenes of life in Porto.”
57 locals recommend
Church
“The Igreja de São Francisco, (Church of Saint Francis) is one of the most prominent Gothic monuments in Porto and also noted for its exceptional Baroque inner decoration. It’s located in the historic center of the city, declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO”
85 locals recommend
Hotel
“Iconic concert hall of Porto. Beautiful inside. From circus to opera and rock concerts. ”
39 locals recommend
Theater
“Originally called "Real Teatro de São João", its original construction was erected in 1794 by the determination of Francisco de Almada and Mendonça, with a project by the Italian architect Vicente Mazzoneschi, who had been the set designer of the Teatro de São Carlos in Lisboa.”
52 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“Ribeira is one of the oldest and typical places of the city of Porto, Portugal. Located in the parish of São Nicolau, next to the Douro River, it is part of the Historic Center of Porto, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is, at the moment, an area very frequented by tourists and place of concentration of bars and restaurants.”
47 locals recommend
Palace
“This pompous 19th-century building with a vast Neoclassical façade is the former stock exchange that was built to impress and earn the credibility of European investors.”
52 locals recommend