Historic hotel stay near Portugal's Porto

Rubens Hotel Royal Village Gaia, Vila Nova de Gaia

A rich fusion of contemporary and Baroque interiors in Vila Nova de Gaia's city centre, within walking distance of Porto - includes breakfast

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Known as 'Gaia' to locals, Vila Nova de Gaia is a key piece in the port wine puzzle. A city in its own right, separated from Porto by the Douro River, this is where port aficionados come to sample their way through kingpin port houses and you're temptingly close to a number - Real Companhia Velha sits right next door.

For some fresh air and a sobering experience out of the cellars, hop onto the Teleférico de Gaia cable car for a splendid panorama of both Porto and the river on its five-minute ride. You'll disembark at the Jardim do Morro gardens, that reveal yet another dreamy cityscape. Vila Nova de Gaia's coast is positively coated in Blue Flag beaches; to pick just one, the pretty Dunas Mar is only 12 kilometres away. You can also walk into Porto itself easily enough, around four kilometres away, by crossing the Ponte D. Luíz bridge.

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