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Introduction

Popular Port Lodges

  • πŸ›οΈ CalΓ©m: Located at Avenida de Diogo Leite, 344. Offers tours and tastings.
  • πŸ›οΈ Ramos Pinto: Found at Avenida Ramos Pinto, 380. Includes a museum visit.
  • πŸ›οΈ Burmester: Situated at Largo da Ponte LuΓ­s I. Known for its natural light and water stream inside.
  • πŸ›οΈ Graham's: Located at Rua do Agro, 141. Offers guided tours and tastings.
  • πŸ›οΈ Taylor's: Found at Rua do Choupelo, 250. Offers self-guided tours with audio guides.
  • πŸ›οΈ Sandeman: Located at Largo Miguel Bombarda, 3. Famous for its historical significance.
  • πŸ›οΈ Ferreira: Situated at Avenue Ramos Pinto, 70. Known for its beautiful cellar built over an old convent.
  • πŸ›οΈ Kopke: The oldest port house, opened in 1638. Offers a small tasting room.

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Tasting Experiences

  • 🍷 Origins of Flavor: Tasting at EspaΓ§o Porto Cruz, €15 for 4 Port wines paired with artisanal chocolates.
  • 🍷 Discovery: Tasting at EspaΓ§o Porto Cruz, €35 for 5 Port wines paired with cheese, biscuits, olives, fruit, and almonds.
  • 🍷 PoΓ§as: Guided tour and tasting of 3 Port wines, €22.
  • 🍷 Ventozelo's Charm: Tasting at EspaΓ§o Porto Cruz, €22 for 3 Douro wines paired with rustic bread, olives, and olive oil.
  • 🍷 Natural & Organic: Tasting experience with a winemaker, €49 for a selection of natural, organic, and biodynamic Portuguese wines.
  • 🍷 DOC Douro & Port: Guided tour and tasting at PoΓ§as Wine Cellar, €20 for 2 DOC Douro and 2 Ports.
  • 🍷 Portuguese Reds: Tasting at Dogma Wine Bar, €35 for 5 red wine samples from different Portuguese regions.

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Historical Significance

  • πŸ“œ CalΓ©m: Founded in 1859 by AntΓ³nio Alves CalΓ©m.
  • πŸ“œ Ramos Pinto: Established in 1880, includes a museum with international advertising posters.
  • πŸ“œ Burmester: Dates back to 1730, recently renovated.
  • πŸ“œ Graham's: Built in 1890, holds around 3500 barrels of Port.
  • πŸ“œ Ferreira: Belonged to Dona AntΓ³nia Ferreira, a prominent 19th-century figure.
  • πŸ“œ Kopke: The oldest port house, opened in 1638.
  • πŸ“œ Sandeman: Pays tribute to George Sandeman, a young Scot who marketed Port wines.
  • πŸ“œ Real Companhia Velha: The oldest producer and exporter of Port Wine, since 1756.

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Getting There

  • πŸŒ‰ Dom Luis I Bridge: Spans the Douro River between Porto and Gaia.
  • πŸšΆβ€β™‚οΈ Walking: The most common way to get to Vila Nova de Gaia from Porto.
  • 🚠 Cable Car: Available for €6 one-way or €9 round-trip.
  • 🚀 Water Taxi: Another option to cross the river.
  • 🚌 Public Transport: Buses and trams are available from various parts of Porto.
  • πŸš— Driving: Parking can be challenging, but some lodges offer parking facilities.
  • πŸ—ΊοΈ Orientation: The waterfront area is easy to navigate with many lodges in close proximity.

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Additional Activities

  • 🎨 Half Rabbit: Art installation made entirely out of trash by Portuguese artist Bordalo II.
  • 🚀 Six-Bridge Tour: Sightseeing boat tours available from the waterfront.
  • πŸ›οΈ Shopping: Browse kiosks selling beautiful cork handicrafts.
  • β˜• Coffee: Visit 7g Roaster for excellent coffee and light food options.
  • 🍦 Gelados de Portugal: Try unique local ice cream flavors like ovos moles de Aveiro and pastel de nata.
  • 🍴 Vinum: Restaurant at Graham's offering a 5-course paired lunch with stunning views of Porto.
  • πŸ›οΈ Museums: Visit the museum at Ramos Pinto for a unique collection of international advertising posters.

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Food and Drink

  • 🍷 Port Wine: The main attraction, with many lodges offering tastings and tours.
  • 🍫 Pairings: Many tastings include pairings with chocolates, cheeses, and other local delicacies.
  • β˜• Coffee: 7g Roaster offers excellent coffee and light food options.
  • 🍦 Ice Cream: Gelados de Portugal offers unique local flavors.
  • 🍴 Vinum: Restaurant at Graham's offering a 5-course paired lunch.
  • 🍀 Bacalhau: Try the famous codfish cake at Casa Portuguesa do Pastel de Bacalhau.
  • 🍩 Farturas: Fried dough snacks available from waterfront kiosks.

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Tips for Visitors

  • πŸ•’ Timing: Plan to spend at least a half-day in Vila Nova de Gaia.
  • πŸ“… Reservations: Book tours and tastings in advance to avoid disappointment.
  • πŸ’Ά Budget: Tastings range from €15 to €49 depending on the experience.
  • πŸ•°οΈ Opening Hours: Generally from 10am to 6pm, with some variations.
  • πŸ“ Location: Most lodges are located along the waterfront, making it easy to visit multiple in one trip.
  • 🍷 Variety: Try a mix of well-known and under-the-radar port houses.
  • πŸ“Έ Photography: Don't forget your camera for stunning views of Porto and the Douro River.
  • πŸšΆβ€β™‚οΈ Walking: Wear comfortable shoes as you'll be doing a lot of walking.

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