Vila Nova de Gaia

Situated on the South Bank of the River Douro, Vila Nova de Gaia has a geographical location that gives it a diverse landscape – Beach, River, the big city and rural areas. Its proximity to the port district to which it belongs, contributed to what became in one of the most important cities of the district. Around the second half of the 18th century, due to the internationalization of the already renowned port wine, Vila Nova de Gaia became a land of men of the sea, artificies, merchants and businessmen. Illustrious families elected this site to implement their farms and holiday homes. There are several points of interest which deserve emphasis, both by their historical value, or even landscape for recreation and animation. The historic centre, with the monastery of Serra do Pilar, the bridge Luiz I, the port wine cellars, the Church of Santa Marinha and the monastery of Corpus Christi are part of the estate of the municipality. The Boardwalk, down by the River, allows a glimpse of the elements that complement the landscape. The ancient boats Rabelo, the cruise pier on the river and the quay of Gaia, the latter more geared for catering and nightly entertainment. Over the course of about 18 km from coast it is possible to enjoy the beaches, the vast majority of the blue flag. The various gastronomic specialities in the municipality are the dishes that use the lamprey and the Shad in your knitting. The Broa de Avintes "" and the so-called "old geezers of" comprise the Braguesa rol of typical and traditional sweets of Vila Nova de Gaia. The festivals and fairs, held in the different months of the year, are living proof of the culture and tradition of the region. The feasts of São João, São Pedro da Afurada and Party da Broa, attracts numerous visitors every year.

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