It’s a prime location, and the 1950s-style interiors – formica side-tables, vintage radios, chairs with spindly legs – are a quirky modern complement to the old buildings.
Gaia is also built on hills and slopes, and is where the majority of those famous port houses have a presence.
The Douro river is spanned by several striking metal arch bridges, one of them, a former railway bridge, the Ponte Dona Maria, was designed by Gustave Eiffel in 1877.
Our hotel, the Pestana Vintage, is on the riverfront: a series of adjoining 16th, 17th and 18th century buildings.
The show is increasingly sophisticated with the fireworks being associated with themes and multimedia shows.
The party has sacred roots but is also mixed with pagan traditions, with the fireworks embodying the spirit of tribute to the Sun.
The only thing I knew about Porto before arriving there was the famous drink that takes its name from the city – port.
I did not even know it was on the Atlantic, that’s how well-up on I was on this beautiful, celebrated city north of Lisbon, which is in fact Portugal’s second city.
Our completely remodeled venue has a total area of 1450m2, with a capacity for anywhere from 250 to 800 people.
The crew of KLM were exceptionally attentive, polite, and helpful.
The meals were by far the most enjoyable of my airplane travel meals; and I learned that KLM does not charge for it's drinks on international flights, unlike most other international airlines that I traveled with this summer.
The drive in from the airport along the coast is gorgeous: on one side, big sweeping views of ocean and surfers, and on the other, higgedly-piggedly houses on hills and simple seafood restaurants, where fish is grilled outside, even in winter. The centre of Porto, which retains many of its original 18th century buildings, has been classified as a world heritage site by Unesco. Porto is built on hills and slopes, and the river Douro divides it from the city on the opposite side, Gaia.
You’d assume Gaia was in fact just another part of Porto, but it’s a complete and independent city.