Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday apartment in Vila Nova de Gaia - Gaia Holiday Apartments
Two penthouse apartments with balconies facing west and east, breathtaking views
These two modern, top (10th) floor apartments boast stunning and unique panoramic views from their two balconies. The east balcony looks out over the Serra do Pilar monastery on the banks of the Douro, across the city of Porto to the hills in the distance. The west balcony boasts stunning, uninterrupted views of the river Douro, and the world heritage historical centres of Porto and Gaia and out towards the estuary beyond.
Both apartments are modern and beautifully presented. Apartment T1 sleeps 1 - 4 people and has one double bedroom and lounge with full sized pocket sprung sofa bed. Apartment T2 sleeps 1-5 people and has one double bedroom, one twin bedroom and a foldaway 5th bed on request. In both apartments there is a home laundry machine, dishwasher, large refrigerator, coffee machine, hob, microwave, microwave/grill (T1) or oven (T2), toaster, kettle, large bath with overhead shower, bidet, balcony dining facilities, fibre optic WiFi and cable TV and a selection of DVDs.
Enchanting Porto and Gaia: Walk to the left out of the apartment and in under a minute you will find yourself on the famous D. Luis I bridge, with the Gaia Ribeira (riverside) underneath you to the left and the Porto Ribeira to the right. The Sé (Porto Cathedral) is just five minutes further walk. Whether you walk, catch the metro, the bus or the open top tour bus from the door of the apartment block - everything you could wish to see is just a short and easy trip away.
Sample vintage port whilst touring the Port wine houses of Gaia, listen to the traditional Portuguese fado music at one of the many fado clubs and restaurants, or take a cruise down the river Douro for an hour or for a few days. Or simply take a 10 minute train ride to the beaches of Miramar and Francelos, among the most beautiful on the green coast.
Affordable: We offer unbeatable off-season rates and generous last minute discounts.
Please check our web page or email for details.
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- pets considered
Guestbook comments from the owner
We are a couple who travelled from the UK, we stayed in Lisbon for 4 days and then travelled to Vila Nova De Gaia, which is just across the river from Porto. We used the Alfa pendular train service, which takes 2hours 30 min and costs Euro 54 each return in second class. Booked the day before, our reserved seat was next to the buffet, with a lot more space and comfort than those in the UK. We got off at Vila Nova De Gaia station where the apartment owners had agreed to meet us, they were there waiting and took us to the apartment, which is only 5 minutes away.
The owners were enormously friendly and helpful, showed us around the apartment and gave us hints and tips as to what to do and how to get around the city. They left a contact number which we texted a number of times for advice and they always responded immediately.
The apartment was perfect for us, there were essentials in the fridge and cupboards, nothing beats a cold beer from the fridge or cup of coffee as you unpack and settle in. The balcony at the back overlooked the river, we sat each evening watching amazing sun sets. At the front is a large terrace with table and chairs and a sun lounger, here we ate breakfast looking out over the mountains in the distance.
The apartment is on the main route into Porto. The metro, service buses and tour buses stop a few yards from the apartment and gave us easy access to the city, there was plenty of information in the apartment. We bought a day andante tour ticket from the station up on the right; it cost Euro 7 each and gave 24 hour access on all public transport.
Things we really enjoyed were a lunch of fresh fish in Matosinhos, get there by metro or tour bus; lunch at Café Majestic, we got there at noon to beat the queue, steak is to die for; Evening meal at Costume; Portuguese red wine; the Portuguese people who can never do enough for you.