What exactly does the perfect 24 hours of Summer in Europe look like?
If your answer involves gourmet food, luxury accommodation, an infinity pool with panoramic views, wine tasting, alley-wandering and a sunset over the Rio Duoro, then read on…
Our luxurious stay in Vila Nova de Gaia began at The Yeatman Hotel. The Yeatman family have been in the Port industry since 1838 and own three of the well known Port companies today. Therefore it was fitting that they open a luxury wine hotel amongst the historic port houses with the most stunning view of Oporto.
Each of the generous rooms at The Yeatman has its own private balcony, and a view like this one.
Upon arrival at The Yeatman, we were treated to one of the most impressive lunches we’ve ever had.
After lunch, what better way is there to spend the afternoon then in an infinity pool with panoramic views over the city of Porto? This particular day there was unfortunately a significant number of fires across Portugal in the heat of Summer, so the atmosphere was a little smokier than usual.
Stil, the view wasn’t terrible…
After a relaxing swim, it only seemed right to go for some Port tasting at Taylor’s.
This was a really immersive experience – we were shown how the Port is made in their museum (they still tread on the grapes the traditional way), and then we were able to enjoy some tastings.
As if it wasn’t enough for Taylor’s to have some of the best wines to taste, there’s also a cosy garden to sit and taste Port during the late afternoon.
After sampling some delightful wines and cheeses, it was time to go wander the streets. Vila Nova de Gaia is full of Portuguese charm and character throughout, so we made sure to get some photos!
From Taylor’s, we meandered down to the Rio Douro to take in that view, to smell the salty air and grab one last drink and have the ‘I can’t believe we are actually here’ moment whilst the evening turned that little bit chilly.
From here, it was time to head back up to The Yeatman, and take one more photo of the most perfect view.
I don’t think we could have had a more perfect stay at Vila Nova de Gaia, and it wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for the support of The Yeatman Hotel and Taylor’s Wine.
C + P.