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Tranquil Vila Guidebook

Lynn

Tranquil Vila Guidebook

Food Scene
The best food places in the VNG / Porto area.
Amazing natas, and desserts! Be sure to take a picture of the display case to make your friends and family jealous.
Maximus - Confectionery
96 Rua do Meiral
Amazing natas, and desserts! Be sure to take a picture of the display case to make your friends and family jealous.
Located in Matasinhos Tito 2 (and Tito 1, is 2 doors down) are simply the best grilled seafood restaurants in the area. Our personal favorite is the robalo, but everything is delicious. Reservation highly recommended for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights.
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Tito 2
321 R. Heróis de França
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Located in Matasinhos Tito 2 (and Tito 1, is 2 doors down) are simply the best grilled seafood restaurants in the area. Our personal favorite is the robalo, but everything is delicious. Reservation highly recommended for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights.
If you have not had a bifana then you absolutely MUST have one (or two). Hands down, these are probably the best bifanas in all of Portugal. A slightly spicy shredded pork au jus on on a bread roll. It is hard to eat just one. Enjoy this taste treat with a SuperBock fino (the local draft beer).
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Restaurante Conga
314 318 R. do Bonjardim
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If you have not had a bifana then you absolutely MUST have one (or two). Hands down, these are probably the best bifanas in all of Portugal. A slightly spicy shredded pork au jus on on a bread roll. It is hard to eat just one. Enjoy this taste treat with a SuperBock fino (the local draft beer).
Enjoy the wonderful pork ribs or chicken or steak as a take-away. Get to the counter anytime after 18:30 to place your order for dinner take-away. They also have an eat in restaurant if you are so inclined. Also open for lunch.
O Alguidar - Restaurante Regional
19 R. 4 Caminhos
Enjoy the wonderful pork ribs or chicken or steak as a take-away. Get to the counter anytime after 18:30 to place your order for dinner take-away. They also have an eat in restaurant if you are so inclined. Also open for lunch.
Amazing thin crust pizza, wonderful saladas, and more. Two of our favorites are the mushroom pizza, the Salada Forneria.
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Forneria São Pedro
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Amazing thin crust pizza, wonderful saladas, and more. Two of our favorites are the mushroom pizza, the Salada Forneria.
For a special event it would be hard to go wrong with Vinum. The views are spectacular and the food is delicious. There is a wine bar for those with a smaller budget or appetite. The lulas fritas (calamari) are the best I have ever had!! Reservations for the restaurant are recommended. The wine bar does not take reservations.
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Vinum – Restaurant & Wine Bar
141 Rua do Agro
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For a special event it would be hard to go wrong with Vinum. The views are spectacular and the food is delicious. There is a wine bar for those with a smaller budget or appetite. The lulas fritas (calamari) are the best I have ever had!! Reservations for the restaurant are recommended. The wine bar does not take reservations.
Eat a wonderful sandwich with the locals. Chat with Paula and the other ladies, then wander down the hill to watch the tourists and check out the Gaia water front.
Mercearia do Bernardino
272 R. Cândido dos Reis
Eat a wonderful sandwich with the locals. Chat with Paula and the other ladies, then wander down the hill to watch the tourists and check out the Gaia water front.
A small local restaurant with great fresh seafood, and also grilled meats. Spend the day on the beach and then drop by for dinner, or go for lunch and then stroll down to the ocean to watch the people and the sunset.
O Gato que Pesca
55 R. Estamparia de Lavadores
A small local restaurant with great fresh seafood, and also grilled meats. Spend the day on the beach and then drop by for dinner, or go for lunch and then stroll down to the ocean to watch the people and the sunset.
A wonderful restaurant in Afurada with great seafood. The octopus salad is great, as is the grilled fish. Prices are reasonable and service is excellent. Sit at one of the many outside tables and watch the people.
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Taberna São Pedro
126 R. Vasco da Gama
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A wonderful restaurant in Afurada with great seafood. The octopus salad is great, as is the grilled fish. Prices are reasonable and service is excellent. Sit at one of the many outside tables and watch the people.
Interesting Places
Some of the best places and things to do that are slightly or totally off the tourist beaten path.
Take the tour! Only 10 Euro to see the wonderful design and interior architecture of this architectual gem.
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Casa da Música
604-610 Av. da Boavista
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Take the tour! Only 10 Euro to see the wonderful design and interior architecture of this architectual gem.
Personally, this is our favorite port maker, and has the most personalized tours available. All of their ports are delicious. This is a great way to spend a hot afternoon, since the port caves are wonderfully cool.
Porto Poças
186 R. Visc. das Devesas
Personally, this is our favorite port maker, and has the most personalized tours available. All of their ports are delicious. This is a great way to spend a hot afternoon, since the port caves are wonderfully cool.
If you like nature and want a beautiful destination for your walk then head to the Nature Reserve.
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Nature Reserve Douro Estuary Site
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If you like nature and want a beautiful destination for your walk then head to the Nature Reserve.
Want a bit of adventure this afternoon? Try the Porto Bridge Climb for some fresh air and stunning views.
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Porto Bridge Climb
508 R. do Ouro
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Want a bit of adventure this afternoon? Try the Porto Bridge Climb for some fresh air and stunning views.
A wonderful park to people watch and take in the beautiful Porto river front.
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Garden of Morro
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A wonderful park to people watch and take in the beautiful Porto river front.
Take a ferry across the river for a new perspective. You can enjoy a nice walk / bike on the Porto side and head to the Matasinhos beaches. Bikes are welcome on board.
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Flor do Gás (Travessia Fluvial)
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Take a ferry across the river for a new perspective. You can enjoy a nice walk / bike on the Porto side and head to the Matasinhos beaches. Bikes are welcome on board.
The fishmongers and their wives of Afurada still do things the tradional way. Check out the public laundry, and be sure to ask us hoe to find the small museum that is in the neighborhood. The museum alsao has a new collection of information and display that relate to the village, its history and way of life.
Public washing Afurada
147 R. da Praia
The fishmongers and their wives of Afurada still do things the tradional way. Check out the public laundry, and be sure to ask us hoe to find the small museum that is in the neighborhood. The museum alsao has a new collection of information and display that relate to the village, its history and way of life.
A fantastic aromatics farm just a few minutes walk from the house. You are allowed to walk in the fields and generally roam about the property. The also sell their products, including lots of amazing herbal teas.
Corner of the Aromatic
508 Rua do Meiral
A fantastic aromatics farm just a few minutes walk from the house. You are allowed to walk in the fields and generally roam about the property. The also sell their products, including lots of amazing herbal teas.
Beaches
Some of the local beaches that are easily accessible by foot or by bus or train (Mira Mar).
A great beach for sun bathing or people watching.
Praia de Lavadores
A great beach for sun bathing or people watching.
This is a good surfing and swimming beach.
Mermaid Beach
2181 Av. da Beira-Mar
This is a good surfing and swimming beach.
Take a long leisurely walk or bike ride down to Mira Mar and check out the chapel on the beach. You can also catch a train to Mira Mar (from the Coimbroes or Devesas stations) and then it is about 15 minute walk to the chapel. There are some wonder restaurants along beach so make a day of it.
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Chapel of Senhor da Pedra
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Take a long leisurely walk or bike ride down to Mira Mar and check out the chapel on the beach. You can also catch a train to Mira Mar (from the Coimbroes or Devesas stations) and then it is about 15 minute walk to the chapel. There are some wonder restaurants along beach so make a day of it.
Rental - Bikes & Mopeds
www.oportomotorent.com They have a location at the Douro Marina. They recommend reservation for weekends, but weekdays you probably do not need reservations.
Rent a bike of motorscooter. 220-993-160 Telm 914-133-499 booking@oportomotorent.com info@oportomotorent.com
Oportomotorent
Rent a bike of motorscooter. 220-993-160 Telm 914-133-499 booking@oportomotorent.com info@oportomotorent.com