| Vila Nova de Gaia
is an important city in the north of Portugal, located
on the south bank of the Douro River opposite to the town of Porto.
The origin of the city dates back possibly from a Celtic fort. During the Roman occupation is was known as "Cale" and most of the population lived on the south bank of the river. In the north bank was located the deep-water port of the city of Gaia, which was given the name Portus Cale.
The city knows a great development during the eighteenth century when were installed here the Port Wine Cellars, at the time one of the largest industries in the region.
Today depart from Gaia Quay several Douro cruises that sail upriver to the High Douro Wine Region. On the waterfront there are several bars and terraces from where one has a splendid view over the city of Porto.
The Caves (Wine Cellars) are one of the main attractions of the city, where you can take a guided tour and participate in a test of Port Wine.
Places to visit:
Serra do Pilar Monastery
Sandeman Wine Cellars