Espaço Porto Cruz, Vila Nova de Gaia

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Espaço Porto Cruz is located in Vila Nova de Gaia. Work out when and for how long to visit Espaço Porto Cruz and other Vila Nova de Gaia attractions using our handy Vila Nova de Gaia trip planning website .
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  • I spent the evening in a summer's day and the experience was very good. Very beautiful view of the port, right under the chairlift. Lounge music of excellent quality and exciting atmosphere. Not to be missed to take a port wine and watch the sunset or moonrise.
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  • It was a journey with friends (4) and we wanted a nice place to enjoy views of the Douro and the walls of Porto, talk and taste a good wine: fulfilled! The truth we spent happy, take 3 bottles that seemed in good price. Pleasant and relaxing environment.
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  • Presented as a typical port wine cellar, the site is really just a pseudo-musee on the Porto Cruz brand. So yes, the building is nice and the view from the terrace is nice... but that's all! The exhibition is very sparse (a few posters of the brand and two films that are not transcendent...) and the "port wine tasting" is a factory where many tourists pile up and where the waitresses, although smiling, strung together the glasses with a shovel. If you are looking for a visit of the cellar genuine no interest. So be careful: the formula "6 bridges cruise + visit to a winery and tasting" sold in town for one twenty euros seems very tempting but ultimately only the cruise worth (and it is offered at 15 euros on the docks!). Fortunately, we found a small cellar ("Augusto" with a simple but pleasant french tour, punctuated by 2 tastings and for only 5 euros... refunded if you buy a bottle). Avoid if you want be disappointed...
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  • If you come to visit the cellars of this great wine remember that it isn't here! You can't even make the appointment here. It's just a multimedia house with commercials for the brand, no visits or working multimedia. If you took the boat you get a free complimentary taste of the wine but any more tastes and the price of each taste is exactly the price of the whole bottle at the supermarket... Trust me I checked! Can't say much of the restaurant because we didn't eat there, the terrace was nice. The wine is good but this place is the ultimate letdown of all.
  • Decent port. Nice atmosphere. Aims at the younger crowd. Definitely not one of the high-quality port places in town
  • I didn't try the restaurant. No tour?!? The whole place is one big publicity to the brand. Ok terrace with nice view. Nice staff.
  • The view on the roof is great, but the staff is slow and there's no shelter from the wind (except if you go inside downstairs)
  • No actual winery tour but that's what it makes it special and different. Instead you get an amazing port and cheese pairing with crackers and an excellent and knowledgeable guide who treats you like a friend and guest in her house, rather than a customer. Really great experience.

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Where to stay in Vila Nova de Gaia

Located just across the river from Porto's Old Town, Vila Nova de Gaia boasts a distinctive identity of its own.You can take advantage of the area's trendy riverfront district and its world-famous Port wine cellars by staying in one of the neighborhoods just south of the bridges to Old Town Porto. This puts you within easy walking distance of the wine cellars, while leaving you in close proximity to historical sites across the river by foot, bus, or taxi. Farther from the river are several international chain hotels offering comfortable rooms with high standards of cleanliness. You'll also find locally run inns and bed and breakfasts in the heart of the city's more residential neighborhoods of Cravelos and Mafamude.
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