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Beaches and Douro River on your Doorstep

Bedrooms 3
Separate WCs1
Space 1,399 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Holiday Flat in Porto, Costa Verde, Portugal - Fishing Village, Port Cellars, Historic Porto

The flat is out by the beaches and the mouth of the Douro River (southern side). It’s a relaxing place, with walkways, cycle tracks, cool beach bars and good seafood restaurants.

From the flat you can walk straight down to a 15km stretch of white-sand blue-flag beaches. Or you can head along the scenic river walkway/cycle track/road, past Douro Marina (a chance to sail or kayak), then Afurada fishing village (with typical seafood restaurants) and onto the Port cellars and historic centre of Porto. Nearby, there's a charming ferryboat which crosses over to the north bank of the river.

Views are of the river, pine forests and fields. It's very quiet and peaceful. There's a shared garden and barbecue area downstairs. The flat is spacious, modern and fully-equipped, on the 1st floor with an elevator and space in the garage for 1 car.

The apartment is popular with families and friends, plus couples and individuals. Both short-term and long-term rentals are possible. A friendly and helpful manageress lives just around the corner. All in all, much better than staying in one of the busy central city hotels!

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Member since: 2007
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
16 June, 2018

About Al

I'm English and work in the wine trade. I lived in Porto for a few years, when I was a sales and marketing director for one of the Port wine houses. I love the outdoors, sports and travel. My apartment was a great base for work and for being by the beaches, walkways and cycle tracks. At weekends and holidays, I went off exploring different parts of Portugal and Spain. Since leaving Porto, my apartment has been available for guests from abroad.

Al purchased this apartment in 2004

Why Al chose Vila Nova de Gaia

I bought my apartment in Porto when I was working in the Port wine cellars between 2002 and 2005.

I love the fact that it is a modern and spacious apartment and in a quiet location by the sea and the river, while being only a 10 minute drive into the historic center.

Around the apartment there are lots of little cafés and beach-side restaurants and large supermarkets are within easy reach.

Best of both worlds in a way, and a combination that guests have also enjoyed.

Guestbook comments from the owner

July 2011

"Alex, we had a brill time in Porto, your apartment was great, everything was just a walk away, the beach and restaurants. Porto was the icing on the cake."

June 2010

“What a fantastic time we had in Porto and in your apartment. It was in a perfect location and so easy to get into Porto. We took the car and went for a day up the Douro which was beautiful. We fell in love with Porto and would hope to revisit it some time in the future and would certainly think about your apartment. The walk to the beach was really easy and the bars and people were fantastic. My brother only ever goes to France, but Porto has converted him.”

July 2009.

"Alex, we had one of our best holidays - Porto surpassed all our expectations. We have been all over the world and Porto ticked all the boxes. Please pass on our thanks to Rosa and her family, they could not be more helpful. We will be happy to recommend your property to all. We are very very happy."
Aug 2007
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Vila Nova de Gaia in Canidelo

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1399 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • town
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Lift ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • 2 large modern bathrooms with showers. 1 small bathroom by hallway.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) + 2 extra possible in living room (sofa bed) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedrooms 2 and 3 with twin beds. Living room with 1 double sofa bed
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Games ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Place in closed garage for 1 car. Outside: Shared garden and barbecue area, with views of river. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Includes towels and linen. Flat is cleaned before arrival and after departure.


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average rating of 4.3333335 based on 10 reviews

Good mix of city and sea

  • 5 of 5

The apartment is spacious, comfortable and well equipped. Bar the lone and fortunately distant barking dog, it's a quiet area, not at all crowded, at least not at this time of year. We could see the sea when it wasn't too misty and the beaches and wonderful sea front cycle/walk path are just down the road. We hired bikes locally and rode the full 15km down to Espinho.

The city is easily reached by bus - we walked one day from the apartment along the river but it took a while! - and we used taxis quite a lot but it doesn't feel too much more expensive if there are 4 of you. We spent half our time, 2 days, in Porto, one day in Guimaraes - a lovely town, an hour's train ride from Porto, and a day cycling and lounging on the beach. Apart from the morning mist, the weather was great.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Well equipped, spacious apartment near beach

  • 5 of 5

Lovely holiday in superior beach suburb of Porto. Property clean and well appointed, with excellent access to beach and city. Holidayed with teenagers, for whom we organised bicycle hire and surfing lessons, while we enjoyed walking up the river/along the beach and seeing the sights of Porto. Owner very helpful, as was property manager.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Excellent property for family group

  • 4 of 5

Ideal property for group. Excellent position - beach one way and town the other.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Ideal for a relaxing few days by the sea.

  • 4 of 5

Nice clean apartment. Plenty of room for 4 adults. Small balcony from which you could see the river. Short walk to the sea front which had lovely beaches although not really recommended for swimming as very rocky. Ideal for walking or jogging by the sea away from traffic. Good restaurant across the road which served beautiful fresh fish. Very limited food shops nearby but bread and basics were available in small shop in the next road. We enjoyed our stay.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Simply perfect!

  • 4 of 5

We spent great moments in Porto enjoying the beach and the city as well. Concerning the flat, the location was just perfect and the dimension of the apartment fit for our huge family. Thanks for the welcome pack. The kids enjoyed to eat the delicious cake after the flight. You and Dona Rosa deserve the prize of the greatest hosts of the year. Hoping to come back in Porto soon

  • Review Submitted: 22-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Ideal location.

  • 5 of 5

Alex was great to deal with. Always replied immediately to emails and was accommodating with our request for an extra set of keys. The apartment was very clean and Rosa, who manages the property greeted us warmly with lots of helpful information.

Great location as 5 minutes walk from amazing beaches and either a good walk into the centre of Porto, or, buses from outside the apartment.

Would highly recommend Alex's flat. It was great for us, a mature (!) couple, traveling wanting to meet up with family from other areas of Europe.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
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Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
0.1 Kilometres


100m to beaches and river. The beaches are very clean, certified as blue-flag. Along both the beaches and river, there are walkways and cycle tracks. Bike hire is reasonable. Surfing is possible at Paredão, Espinho and Matosinhos. Cool beach bars and good local style restaurants. Douro Marina nearby has sailing/ boating tours, charters and courses, as well as kayak and paddleboard rentals.


Porto airport is 20km away. Taxi 25-30 euros. Local bus just outside the flat which goes into town (or taxi in 5 minutes: 10 euros). Walkways and cycle tracks along the coast and river. Little ferry every half hour from Afurada across to Foz and northern side of river. Car is only necessary if you want more flexibility or want to explore further afield.


Closest local bars, restaurants, small supermarket 50-100m.

Porto historic centre and Port cellars 3km. Porto airport 20km.


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