It is a good idea to rent a car to visit Oporto's surroundings, but there is also good public transportation connecting the city to the other major attractions and towns nearby.
Whether you choose to use an express bus (departing from a terminal by Batalha Square) or the train (from São Bento Station), depends on the times of departure throughout the day.
The hotel itself forms part of the more than 2000 year history of Porto, incorporating a group of buildings dating back to the sixteenth century; it has been completely rebuilt as a luxurious modern hotel, offering all the comfort and facilities modern travellers could wish for.
This combination of location, history and comfort means that all visitors leave with special memories.
On the waterfront of the legendary Douro, with fabulous views over the river and the historic Port wine houses on the other bank, the five star Pestana Vintage Porto Hotel – World Heritage Site has the most enchanting location in Porto.
It is situated right on the charming historic Ribeira square, the discerning traveller’s first port of call.
You can easily reach most of these cities by bus or train, making it possible to visit them on a daytrip.
Braga is especially worthy of a visit for its marvelous baroque monuments (its Bom Jesus Sanctuary is one of the country's most famous sights), while the medieval World Heritage city of Guimarães is also recommended for its beautifully preserved old center, its castle, and palace dating back to the foundation of Portugal in the 12th century (these two cities can be visited on an organized tour).
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Do not miss the Belém Tower, the Hieronymites Monastery and the famous Calouste Gulbenkian Museum.
Sintra offers cool refreshing vistas of green hills and gardens: There you can visit the Palacio Nacional and the Convento dos Capuchos, a monastery dating from the 16th century and constructed in the form of cave cells.
You're sure to become mesmerized by the beauty of this World Heritage Site, which is best appreciated on a river cruise (most cruises depart from Cais de Gaia).
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