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Make a holiday rental, home, or cottage in Sao Nicolau, Portugal your home away from home

Porto is one of Portugal’s most enticing municipalities and Sao Nicolau, or Saint Nicholas, is one of the parishes in Porto. It boasts a rich history stretching back over 700 years which is apparent in the quaint architecture of the buildings. There are many things to see and do here and excellent warm weather to enliven the experience. For accommodation tourists planning a stay at Sao Nicolau can book themselves into beautiful apartments overlooking Douro River.

Things to do on holiday to Sao Nicolau, Portugal

Sightseeing is one of the natural activities to do in a new location and visitors will want to see the architectural wonder that is Dom Luis Bridge. This metal arch bridge built across the Douro River is currently the longest of its kind in the world. It was built over five years and spans 172 metres. Nothing compares to the sight of this structure at night with the lights of the Vila Nova de Gaia shining in the background.

Holidaymakers who partake of the seafood served in Sao Nicolau’s eateries swear they have never had it so good. Visitors must therefore make a point of sampling these delightful delicacies.

Places to visit on holiday to Sao Nicolau, Portugal

The city of Porto is choke-full of attractions; Avenida dos Aliados is an avenue in the heart of this city that is littered with captivating monuments. It leads to the riverfront and along the way visitors will get to explore some ancient churches like the Sao Francisco Church and the Santa Clara Church. These structures feature intricate design and elaborate golden decorations. Avenida dos Aliados has unsurprisingly received UNESCO World Heritage recognition. Porto somehow manages to marry this rich cultural heritage with a vibrant nightlife featuring classy bars and nightclubs.

Weather in Sao Nicolau, Portugal

The pleasant warm weather in Sao Nicolau is what draws many a tourist to these parts. For most of the year temperatures stay above 15°C. The warmest time of the year as expected is between June and September. As May dies away average temperatures are usually already above 20°C and by the time August rolls around, averages highs of 29 to 30°C are the norm. From then on temperatures steadily drop until the height of winter in January when averages of 10°C are recorded. Even when they go below this, temperatures hardly ever go past freezing. Most of Sao Nicolau’s rain falls between autumn and winter.

Travel to Sao Nicolau, Portugal

Most travellers headed to Sao Nicolau will enter through the Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport which is the biggest in northern Portugal. This facility sits less than 30 miles from Sao Nicolau, putting it less than half an hour’s drive away. Mainstream international carriers such as Lufthansa and low-cost airlines such as Ryanair and Transavia ferry passengers to this airport from various European cities; Amsterdam, Madrid, London, Frankfurt, Paris etc. On arriving at the Porto Airport, as it is also known, visitors will find taxis and rental cars from Avis, Hertz and other recognised firms.

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Recent Reviews

Great location

4 of 5
We were a group of 3 couples who stayed at the house. The house was amazing and had everything we needed. The views from the balcony were exactly what you see of the bridge in the online advert and it was great. Everything was a short walk from the house and the shops on the waterfront catered for everything. Parking is the only issue as there is precious little of it. Overall, I would recommend this house for a stay. Well done.
  • Review Submitted: Sep 01, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017

Amazing!

5 of 5
We stayed twice at this apartment during August. It is a beautiful apartment having a wonderful mix of original features and clever modernisation which maintains it's original charm. The large french windows open onto a little balcony which looks directly across the river to Porto. It is a magical view at any time of the day and particularly at night. Porto is a most beautiful city untouched by modernisation and this apartment is right in the centre of all the sights. As if all that was not good enough the most special thing about this apartment is the owner Ermelinda. She is the warmest kindest persom you could hope to meet. We were very late arriving and were worried that we were keeping her waiting so late at night. However when we arrived she welcomed us most warmly, in fact she had some port waiting for us and had even made a delicious cake for us. During our stay she was most helpful and obliging and from the very first contact she answered all messages straight away. We couldn't recommend this apartment highly enough. Marie & Brian
  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017