Walking Around Gaia

We toured Porto on the Yellow Bus one late morning and early afternoon (see here) and when we crossed over the Dom Luis I Bridge to the south side of the Douro we decided to hop off, have some lunch, taste some port wine, and walk around Gaia before hopping back on the bus for our return ride to our Porto hotel area.  The official name for Gaia is Vila Nova de Gaia. This is where the port wine from the Douro Valley wineries three or four hours upstream is aged.

Replicas of the boats that were used to transport barrels of port wine down the river to the Gaia wine cellars. Most of the wine is now delivered by trucks.

Click on any photo to see a larger version of that photo.

Bars and restaurants in mostly tiled buildings line one side of Cais da Gaia. This street on the south side of the Douro is directly opposite Cais da Ribeira on the Porto side.

Souvenir stands dominate the other side of the street which is closer to the river.

Some ladies love to shop!

An old church stands among all the wine shops and restaurants.

All the famous port wine brands are proudly displayed along the riverside. Some of the city’s many wine cellars or lodges can be seen in the background. The locals call them “caves.”

We misunderstood the text on the map and the coupon we received when we bought our tickets for the Yellow Bus tour. We thought we would be able to tour the Pocas cellar and receive a free glass of port but were informed that the Pocas tour and wine was only available for those who purchased the two-day ticket. We only purchased the one-day ticket and that wine cellar was far away. We were disappointed but also tired and thirsty. So we each purchased a glass of tawny port. It was good!

On our way back to the bus stop we passed an abandoned ceramics tile factory.

Azulejos display on wall near the Devesas ceramic factory.

This wall was used to showcase the ceramic tiles that were produced at the Devesas factory..

We passed what once was a thriving ceramics manufacturing facility. It was founded in 1865 by Antonio Almeida da Costa but closed when he died in 1915. The factory is now abandoned. There have been discussions for years about building a ceramics museum here but so far nothing has happened.

This is the color version of the photo I submitted for Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness 208 (see here).

We soon found our bus stop and returned to Porto. The next day we walked around Porto’s Ribeira District and jumped on a boat for an hour-long cruise up and down the Douro. I’ll post some photos from these adventures next week.


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I am a family man with interests in family history, photography, history and travel.
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10 Responses to Walking Around Gaia

  1. kzmcb says:

    I’m glad you’ve put in the color shot of the tiled building. Quite unusual. Did they spend hours at the tile warehouse, I wonder, or took what was available.

  2. disperser says:

    That ceramic factory wall is a photographer’s dream.

    By the way, did you ever find that monument you were looking for?

    • No, I haven’t found the time yet. Some day! Right now I’m planning our next two vacations. BTW, I used the 3D feature in Google’s satellite map. When you use the control key and the mouse you can move around just like Google Earth.

    • disperser says:

      Yes. They are supposed to be using the same data, but whenever I use Google Earth, I seem to get more detail. It could just be my imagination.

  3. Peter Klopp says:

    I can imagine how disappointed you were when you found out you could not sample the wine as part of the bus tour. Great photos as always!

    • Thanks, Peter! I really wasn’t too disappointed — I still sampled the wine; I just had to pay for it! And if we went to the other tasting room instead of Pocas Junior we would never have passed that ceramics factory and that tiled house!

  4. I love those tiled walls!

  5. Me too! When I hear someone say “Portugal” the first things I think of are those tiles!

  6. Amy says:

    Enjoyed the tour, the tiled walls are very special.
    Thank you for the post!

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