To get one of the most complete and impressive panoramas of Porto you will have to take a tram ride. It is only 5 minutes to reach the Pier of the City of Gaia, at 300 meters of altitude. On the way there, you can contemplate the historic area of Porto, the roofs of the cellars of Gaia, the Ribeira, the Clérigos and the Douro in all their splendor. Take it all in and, if you can't resist snapping some photos, your Instagram followers are sure to be jealous. The return ticket costs €9 per person and is worth every cent.
Picture a whole other city by a river mouth, a vibrant array of things to do, valuable cultural heritage connected to the sea and long-standing fishing traditions, dozens of hectares of green spaces, contact with wildlife and several kilometres of west-facing white sand beaches. Can you picture it? Well, just cross the Douro. Welcome to Vila Nova de Gaia.
Recommended: don't miss the concerts at this year's MEO Marés Vivas