Vila Nova de Gaia

E5 q Jardim do Morro @ 10M, 900, 901, 906 £ General Torres n Avenida Ramos Pinto; www.cm-gaia.pt

Despite its proximity to Porto, Vila Nova de Gaia is actually a separate city. Afonso III, in dispute with the bishop of Porto over shipping tolls, established a rival port here in the 12th century and Vila Nova de Gaia has been the centre of Portugal’s port production ever since, with some 50 port lodges based here.

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