The Yeatman is a luxury wine hotel and spa in Porto with spectacular views over the UNESCO World Heritage city and the Douro River.
Member of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux collection of hotels and distinguished with two Michelin Stars, The Yeatman Hotel is widely regarded as the best hotel in Porto and is a unique and distinctive landmark in the world of classic luxury hotels.
Set amidst the Port wine lodges, The Yeatman nestles on a hill, overlooking Porto and is set within 7 acres of land, and has outdoor and indoor infinity swimming pools..All of our spacious rooms and suites have views over Porto and a private terrace or balcony.
Oporto (or Porto, as it is known locally), is the city in Northern Portugal which gave its name to Port wine, and has been the home of British wine shippers and their families for over three centuries.
Inspired by this heritage, The Yeatman Hotel blends the finest Portuguese traditions of hospitality with a uniquely British flair for understated and stylish comfort.
Timeless elegance and a wealth of authentic detail create a very special atmosphere which evokes the distinctive personality of this ancient city and its historic link to the world of wine.
Occupying a commanding hillside position on the south bank of the River Douro, every room at The Yeatman Hotel enjoys breathtaking views over the historic centre of Porto.
Offering individuality of character and a sense of effortless comfort, The Yeatman Hotel is the address of choice for discerning travellers visiting Porto and the North of Portugal.
As one of Europe’s leading wine hotels, The Yeatman is a haven for wine lovers and the prime destination for those wishing to explore the pleasures of the Port and Portuguese wine.
The cellars of The Yeatman house one of the most comprehensive collections of Portuguese wines. The hotel has established partnerships with many of Portugal’s finest wine producers who actively participate in The Yeatman’s program of tastings, seminars and wine dinners.
These partner wineries also sponsor individual rooms and suites. Intriguing pictures and objects provide insights into each winery’s unique history and environment and add a discreet individual accent to each guest room.
Complementing The Yeatman’s own wine activities, visits can be arranged to leading vineyards and estates in the Douro Valley, Minho, Dão and Bairrada wine regions, all easily accessible by road.
The wine theme extends to Caudalie Vinothérapie® Spa with its exclusive skincare products and therapies using extracts from the vine.
Guests are able to discuss Portuguese wines with the hotel’s knowledgeable and friendly experts who are on hand to guide guests in their discovery of Portugal’s diverse and individual wine regions, with their unique traditions and wealth of different styles.
The Yeatman is located in the historic heart of Vila Nova de Gaia next to the ancient ‘lodges’ where Port houses have aged their wines for over three centuries. Many of the oldest Port firms were founded by British merchant families and are owned by their successors to this day.
The Yeatmans, who entered the Port trade in 1838, were among the most distinguished and enterprising of the Port families. Their descendants maintain this tradition as owners of three of the most famous Port companies.
In 2006 the opportunity arose for another high profile project, a landmark luxury hotel in a stunning location overlooking the historic centre of Oporto.
Named The Yeatman, in celebration of the family’s historic link with the city, it draws on its owners’ expertise in both fine wine production and luxury hotel management to become one of the world’s leading wine hotels. Opened since August 2010, it became Porto’s address of choice, the hotel which defines the city.
THE PRESIDENTIAL SUITE
The Presidential Suite of The Yeatman provides an exclusive experience of comfort and luxury. With spectacular views of historic Porto and the river Douro, this two-bedroom suite is designed to offer unforgettable memories.
From the Port wine barrel shaped bed to each single detail, it reflects the pure essence of the city’s heritage and culture. The Presidential suite is one of the brand-new suites of The Yeatman and the most luxurious.
With 170 m2 (1,830 sq. ft.), it has its own private swimming pool and garden with panoramic views, offering a relaxing retreat experience. The spacious terrace, with 115m2 (1,238 sq. ft.), is perfect to rest and contemplate the stunning and inspirational scenery shaped by the Porto skyline.
You can even observe the city’s exquisite details through the suite’s telescope on a clear day or starry night. The suite is lavishly designed with two bedrooms, two en-suite bathrooms and two living room areas both providing access to the terrace, garden and pool.
To emphasize the sensation of comfort, it has a fireplace, a large copper bathtub, a widescreen television and a service kitchen, that allows the preparation of light meals and refreshments. The lounge area, also with panoramic views, provides a separate area for socializing or a comfy space for the children to play.
The Presidential Suite is all about luxurious details. The master bed is carved into a large and masterfully crafted wooden Port barrel. The elegant living areas are decorated in a contemporary classic style to the highest standards of taste and comfort, with refined, soft fabrics in soothing colors.
This sumptuous suite is perfect for a family or couples wishing to relax in privacy and for those who wish to receive day guests. The floor to ceiling views provide plenty of natural light and the elegant furnishings take on a particularly warm and attractive glow in the Porto sunshine.
The bed head is an original barrel top and the domed oak ceiling mimics the curvature of the enormous oak barrels used in the vinification process. Master Suite 412 has approximately 85m² of room area, a beautiful furnished indoor terrace of approximately 30m² and a bathroom area of approximately 25m².
The Wine Partner associated with Master Suite 412 is ADF. ADF wines are produced by the famous Douro wine producer, Niepoort. The room is decorated with several artefacts and photos pertaining to ADF.
Traditional, whitewashed louvered shutters open to give the bathroom a stunning view of the city. This Master Suite has been individually decorated, with light yellow walls and matching furnishings. As well as luxurious comfort and comprehensive amenities, Master Suites offer the ultimate in space and luxury.
The stylish and individually decorated master suites feature fully furnished living areas, separate from the bedrooms, a unique king size bed, an extended terrace with sofa and dining table as well as a lavish standard of equipment and comfort.
The fully furnished private terrace offers breathtaking views over the historic city centre of Porto and the gardens. The one-bedroom Master Suites feature a minimum of 60 to 90m² of living space and are luxuriously appointed and decorated. Each private terrace offers between 20m² and 35m².
THE BACCHUS SUITE
Named after the Roman god of wine, the Bacchus Suite is the jewel in The Yeatman’s crown, with its spacious, open plan design providing the most exclusive and private accommodation in the hotel.
Boasting approximately 150m² in total, and a high vaulted wooden ceiling, the Bacchus Suite extends onto a furnished conservatory with fireplace and a private exterior terrace from which to marvel at the splendid panoramic views of Porto and the River Douro.
A round bathtub features a freestanding fireplace to one side and city views to the other, whilst the large rotating bed can be positioned to view one of two large plasma TV screens or to face the expansive views offered by 6 metres of floor to ceiling sliding doors.
The furnished conservatory features a further fireplace and opens onto a large exterior terrace with a small fountain and deck beds, the perfect place to relax on a hot summer’s evening.
The Bacchus Suite also features a double shower and dressing room, lounge area with plasma TV and an office space. Wooden floors throughout help to emphasise the open plan design of the suite and maintain a light and airy feel throughout.
THE YEATMAN GASTRONOMIC RESTAURANT
The Yeatman Gastronomic Restaurant in Porto provides an environment of classic comfort, where discreet and understated service blends with a warm welcome.
The Gastronomic Restaurant
The extraordinary panorama of the River Douro and the historic centre of Porto guarantee spectacular scenery, combined with 2 Michelin stars, awarded in the 2017 Michelin Guide.
Aiming to deliver Porto’s most inspiring dining experience, The Yeatman Gastronomic Restaurant led by Chef Ricardo Costa, offers imaginative cuisine in which the traditional flavours of Portugal are interpreted and presented with contemporary flair.
It showcases Portugal’s huge range of fish and other fresh produce as well as its diversity of regional specialities. Listing a comprehensive choice of Portuguese wines, as well as a wide selection from other great vineyards around the globe, the gastronomic restaurant makes a special feature of food and wine pairing.
Chef’s special tasting menu allows guests to discover a wealth of matching and contrasting flavours as they are taken on a journey through Portugal’s diverse and varied wine regions.
The Orangerie offers an alternative experience to our gastronomic restaurant with a more relaxed experience. The Orangerie Restaurant at The Yeatman provides a unique gastronomic experience.
Situated on the 8th floor of the hotel, the restaurant has a large terrace where you can dine outside, weather permitting, and enjoy the magnificent views over Porto during your meal.
And because the concept is also designed for families, the restaurant offers a Children’s Menu, with several options for our little guests. The Yeatman’s mission with the Orangerie Restaurant also involved the extension of the restaurant’s space to a winter garden to offer more places with panoramic views.
DICK’S BAR & BISTRO
Those wishing to relax with a glass of wine or a light meal are able to enjoy the convivial atmosphere of Dick’s Bar & Bistro.
Named in tribute to Dick Yeatman, a famous and much loved personality of the Port wine trade, the bar evokes the distinguished and welcoming ambience of a private club.
Dick’s Bar & Bistro offers a wide choice of the finest wood aged and Vintage Ports for purchase by the bottle or glass, where The Yeatman’s knowledgeable and attentive staff is on hand to provide friendly and helpful advice.
Dick’s Bar & Bistro also serves snacks and light dishes, as well as a varied selection of carefully chosen wines by the glass.
Ricardo Costa was born and raised in Aveiro, Portugal, and has been Head Chef at The Yeatman since the Hotel opened in 2010. Under his direction The Yeatman’s Restaurant earned 2 Michelin Stars in 2017.
Chef Ricardo Costa favours Portuguese gastronomy, in keeping with the Hotel’s philosophy, showcasing the best of what Portugal has to offer, its local products and traditional recipes prepared with contemporary flair and innovative techniques.
Ricardo Costa received his formal education at the School of Hotel and Tourism in Coimbra and gained his extensive experience in Portugal, Madeira, Spain and the UK. His career has taken him through several top restaurants.
He worked as a Chef at El Girasol with Chef Joachim Koerper and later became Sous Chef of the Sheraton Porto Hotel & Spa with the Executive Chef Jerónimo Ferreira.
He became Head Chef for the first time at the Restaurant Portal, in London, in 2007, and Executive Chef of the Restaurant Largo do Paço, at the Casa da Calçada Hotel in Amarante, where he earned his first Michelin Star in 2009 and 2010.
In his role as Executive Chef at The Yeatman Hotel, Ricardo Costa is responsible for all gastronomy, including the Gastronomic Restaurant, which has been honoured with a Michelin Star since 2011 and two Michelin Stars in 2017.
Under his leadership, The Yeatman’s Restaurant has received several distinctions: Boa Cama Boa Mesa (Jornal Expresso) Golden Fork in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 e 2019; and Platinum Fork in 2012 and 2020; and Condé Nast Johansens Best Dining Experience Europe & the Mediterranean in 2015.
On an individual level, he has been honoured with important prizes such as Chef of the Year 2009 by the Portuguese magazine Wine; “Chef of the Future” 2012 by the International Academy of Gastronomy; and Best Chef in Portugal (2013) in the Gastro Arco Atlantico prizes in Spain. He was also a member of the jury on the programme Top Chef in Portugal, in 2012.
For those seeking an unforgettable experience, an exclusive and individually tailored dinner or tasting can be arranged in a private dining room which recreates the atmosphere of a wine cellar.
This unique environment is also available for VIP receptions or events. A dedicated event coordinator will take care of every detail and be on hand to provide assistance at each stage.
Private thematic events, such as wine dinners or gastronomic evenings, can be organized by prior arrangement. A special table set on an elevated private veranda and commanding the hotel’s most breathtaking views of the river and the city can also be booked exclusively for a spectacular lunch, dinner or barbecue.
For guests seeking to dine in an intimate and romantic setting, al fresco meals can be served, weather permitting, on the private terraces of the guest rooms. The hotel also has access to other venues in the area, including the nearby Port ‘lodges’, where private events and functions can be organized.
Start your day in Porto whilst enjoying a sumptuous breakfast overlooking the city, on a warm sunny morning. As the saying goes, breakfast is the most important meal of the day and that is certainly true at The Yeatman.
Whilst enjoying your leisurely breakfast, marvel at the views over the city and plan your day in Porto from The Orangerie and Winter Garden or from the terrace on a warm sunny morning.
The Yeatman offers you a fabulous and varied breakfast, rich in fresh local delicacies and international favourites alike. We can adapt your breakfast according to your preferences or intolerances and we offer gluten-free products, soy, almond or rice drinks every day.
For many, no holiday breakfast is complete without bacon and eggs which our Chef can prepare for you on order and to your personal taste. Scrambled is the choice most, although our omelette with ricotta and asparagus or Eggs Benedict with hollandaise sauce are delicious alternatives.
Or, instead of bacon, why not treat yourself to smoked salmon and caviar. We also strongly recommend our amazing Grilled Tofu with mushrooms and green asparagus.
Not to be missed is another of our specialties, a stack of sweet pancakes with varied fruits served with maple syrup that will certainly delight the most demanding of appetites.
Fresh bread is made daily in our kitchen as well as a selection of delicious cakes and pastries that will without doubt sweeten your morning. There is always an assortment of homemade jams and preserves to accompany and a range of cereals and the fresh fruit salads and yoghurts.
For cheese lovers, an appetising table of national cheeses such as Serra da Estrela, Azeitão, da Ilha or Terrincho can be appreciated together with the selection of delicious cured meats and sausages.
You will also find a selection of nuts and dried fruits, as well as teas, coffees, hot chocolate and of course, natural freshly squeezed fruit juices. To finish, with the wonderful view over the river Douro a backdrop, toast the day with a flute of Portuguese sparkling wine!
SPA SPECIAL AUTUMN
After the sun and beach, your skin needs regenerative treatments to protect and recover. Give your skin the hydration shot it needs with our Autumn treatments.
Spa Special Autumn
Caudalie Vine-Activ Facial
This treatment is the perfect solution to protect your skin from constant exposure to pollution and to prevent premature wrinkles while returning a natural glow to your skin.
A relaxing massage using jade stones, this treatment will stimulate antioxidant properties of the Vine [Activ], combining polyphenols and vitamins E and C for a better skin protection.
Crushed Cabernet Scrub & Hot Stone Massage
This is one of the most popular Vinothérapie® treatments, for its ability to renew the skin and restore its smoothness. This therapy is highly recommended to fight accumulated tension and relieve build-up of daily fatigue.
Grape seed extracts and essential oils are applied with hot stones in order to relax tired muscles, balancing stress levels and restoring harmony in mind and body.
This relaxing experience takes place in our signature barrel bath treatment room enjoying spectacular views over the Douro River and the historic centre of Oporto. Immerse yourself in bubbling water enriched with a unique conditioning grape extract.
WELLBEING & FITNESS LESSONS
We have created a series of lessons specially for you that will complete your Spa experience with us.
In an environment of pure tranquility, the Caudalie Vinothérapie® Spa offers several fitness classes for your enjoyment. Please contact Spa Reception for more information and to help you find the most suitable class.
MIND & BODY
The Yeatman is set in extensive landscaped gardens, a serene retreat where guests can unwind and relax as they absorb the stunning views. The Yeatman experience is designed to allow every guest to depart restored and refreshed in body and mind.
The Caudalie Vinothérapie® Spa is an oasis of calm and wellbeing, where guests can enjoy a unique range of facial and body treatments based on beneficial natural ingredients extracted from the grape, renowned for their antioxidant properties.
Guests have exclusive use of two panoramic infinity pools. The indoor pool with direct access from the spa features a post-treatment relaxation area. Surrounded by gardens, the outdoor pool enjoys spectacular panoramic views from its spacious sun terrace.
Next to the indoor pool we have a fully equipped gym where a resident personal trainer provides advice on a range of fitness and exercise programmes.
A comprehensive programme of tastings and seminars stimulates both mind and senses, offering guests the opportunity to develop an understanding of the rich and varied culture of wine.
The Yeatman’s restaurant team leads guests on a voyage of discovery of imaginative food and wine pairings and the varied flavours of local fresh produce.
The Yeatman is a haven for wine lovers. The Yeatman’s extensive cellars house one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of Portuguese wines, including those of the hotel’s wine partners.
The portfolio covers each of Portugal’s many and diverse wine regions, from the historic classic DOC’s to new and innovative regional appellations.
As befits its name, which celebrates a distinguished Port Wine family, The Yeatman is the prime destination for those wishing to explore the pleasures of Port, one of the world’s finest classic wines.
An unparalleled choice of wood aged and Vintage Ports is available from the most distinguished Port houses and estates, including rare wines and collector’s items seldom found on any wine list.
The Yeatman also prides itself on its selection of great wines from around the globe, from the classic benchmark appellations of Europe to the exciting wines of the New World.
Weekly wine dinners hosted by distinguished wine makers and personalities from Portugal and around the world are held throughout the year. The Yeatman’s partner wineries play a leading role in this programme as do the classic Port houses whose historic lodges are only a few steps from the hotel.
These wine dinners, taking place every Thursday, focus on a particular wine region or style and are designed not only to enhance participants’ understanding and appreciation of the wines themselves but also to explore their association with food.
MEET THE WINEMAKER
An exclusive wine tasting, presented by the wine producer himself. Meet The Winemaker is a wine tasting in an exclusive format, in which one of The Yeatman’s wine partners is invited to present and share their stories, curiosities and details behind the brand and each wine.
It is, therefore, a commented wine tasting, in Masterclass style and, essentially, a moment of sharing. Includes 5 to 6 wines and an individual selection of cheese and smoked meats.
Limited to 20 participants, the event takes place at the end of the afternoon in an events room with a panoramic view over Porto and the river Douro.
Take a journey around the different wine regions of Portugal in a Masterclass of 5-6 or 10-12 wines, specially selected for you. If you are a wine lover and keen to learn more about Portuguese wines with an expert, then this exclusive wine tasting is for you.
An individual Master Class with wines from the Yeatman’s award winning wine cellar. Journey through Portugal’s wine regions and styles and get to know the different ‘terroirs’, widening your knowledge about Portuguese wine and its producers.
During this Master Class of an hour and a half, given by our Wine team in English or Portuguese, you will taste a broad range of styles including 10-12 different wines, chosen personally for you.
Experience a unique wine flight tasting at Dick’s Bar with wines from The Yeatman’s award winning cellars. Choose between whites, reds, rosés and sparkling for the perfect introduction to Portuguese wines at Dick’s Bar.
Our wine team will hand pick three wines from your preferred style and give you their background as to region, grape varieties and winemaker, for you to taste and make notes. A selection of Portuguese appetisers will accompany your tasting.
WHAT TO DO IN PORTO
Take advantage of your stay at The Yeatman Hotel in Porto to visit and experience one or all of the following places.
Visit the World of Wine (WOW)
A few metres from The Yeatman there is a new cultural district of Porto: WOW (World of Wine). A venue full of new experiences, in the heart of the historic area of Vila Nova de Gaia and with a privileged view of Porto and the D. Luís I bridge.
In this space, in addition to 9 restaurants and shops, the main attractions are six new museums in Porto: The Wine Experience, where you will learn all the secrets about wine, Planet Cork, to discover everything about the incredible world of cork, the Porto Region Across The Ages, the first and only museum on the history of the Porto region, The Chocolate Story, a sweet and fun journey through the world of cocoa, The Bridge Collection, one of the largest private collections of glasses since the first civilizations to date and the Porto Fashion & Fabric Museum. Without doubt WOW should be on everyone’s list of things to do in Porto!
Go on a guided tour of a Port wine Lodge
The Port wine Lodges or Cellars situated in Vila Nova de Gaia continue to be an important focus for visitors offering tastings of Port Wine and guided tours in a variety of languages.
Learn how to distinguish a Tawny Port from a Ruby Port and if you are lucky try a Vintage Port! Some tours and tastings are free while others will charge a small entrance fee.
Take a cruise along the Douro River
One of the best things to do in Porto, to take in the spectacular views of Porto (considered the Best European Destination 2017) is from the river!
There are a variety of cruises available from the five bridges in Vila Nova de Gaia and Oporto right up the Douro River eastwards to the Port wine vineyards over 100 kilometres inland.
Buy a book at the Lello Bookshop
Cited by The Guardian as ”one of the most beautiful book shops in the world” the Lello bookshop is another must see in Oporto. Opened in 1906 it still maintains its original carved ceilings, stained glass windows and pink painted curved central staircase!
Lello offers a vast array of books, encyclopaedias and travel guides. In case there is a very long queue, you can take the opportunity to enjoy the perfect combination of sweet and savory and Taylor’s, Fonseca and Croft Port Wines at Clérigos Tasting Room (right across the street).
Climb the Clérigos Tower
It is possible to visit the city’s ex-líbris. A demanding climb of 225 steps, available every day between 09:00 and 19:00 (last entry at 18:30).
Have a coffee at the Majestic café
The Majestic café, founded over 90 years ago and situated in the heart of downtown Porto is a must on the list of things to do for all visitors. It is considered the emblematic café of the city and its illustrious visitors include the likes of Jacques Chirac and Gago Coutinho (creator of the aeronautic “artificial horizon”).
It is said that J K Rowling spent many hours at the Majestic Café writing her first Harry Potter book. Open for morning pastries, lunches and dinners.
Try a “Francesinha”
The “Francesinha” is perhaps the most popular “bite” in Oporto and is renowned as the most popular Portuguese sandwich, if it can be called that! Praised by foodies worldwide the dish appeals particularly to those with an appetite for spicy meats and is most commonly accompanied by a cold beer.
Have a late night drink in the “Galerias de Paris”
The Galerias de Paris street is the centre of night life in the city with dozens of open air bars. The “Galerias” as it is known, is situated in the centre of downtown Oporto and offers an alternative night time programme since all the bars are in the open air.
Enjoy the sunset from a beach side esplanade
Oporto’s excellent climate is conducive to sunbathing and walks along the various blue flagged beaches in the area. There are a variety of esplanades in Foz, Matosinhos and Vila Nova de Gaia areas that are perfect for enjoying the sunset, admiring the Atlantic Ocean and relaxing with a cool drink at the end of the afternoon.
Attend a concert at the “Casa da Música”
The “Casa da Música” was conceived to mark 2001, the year in which Porto was European Capital of Culture and has become an architectural reference in the city.
The project was designed by Rem Koolhaas and it is characterised by its modern lines and by the varied cultural programmes it offers throughout the year. Guided tours of the Casa da Musica are also available.
Take the Tram Line 1
The Line 1, or Marginal Line, runs between the historic center of Porto and Jardim do Passeio Alegre in a unique route along the banks of the Douro River.
Visit the Serralves Museum
Serralves is culture, nature and art. Within its extensive gardens and green areas lies the Museum of Modern Art, a project by the architect Siza Vieira with exhibitions by Paula Rego, Andy Warhol amongst others. This space is a mixture of brilliant architecture, tranquillity and various green spaces.
Visit the Museum Soares dos Reis
The National Museum Soares dos Reis, formerly the Portuense Museum, was founded in 1833 by king Pedro IV establishing Portugal´s first public art museum. The museum is situated in the Palace of Carrancas, dating from the late eighteenth century.
The collections of Portuguese paintings and sculptures from the 19th and 20th centuries and national and international objects of decorative arts, mostly from the 17th to the 19th century are exhibited on the second and third floors, where some of the rooms are richly decorated in the neoclassical style.
From the mid-nineteenth century up to 1910, this building was the temporary residence of the Portuguese royal family when visiting the North.
Watch a game of football at the Dragão Stadium
Home to the Oporto Football Club the “Dragão” football stadium was rebuilt and opened in 2003. Manuel Salgado (the architect) designed the stadium which cost over €90 million to build and can seat 52,000 people.
The name Dragão (dragon) was used as it is the symbol of the club. Guided tours of the stadium can be booked if you don’t have time to catch a game!
Port is one of the world’s great classic wines. The grapes are grown in the mountainous upper Douro Valley two hours drive inland from Oporto.
This spectacular area, where the vineyards are planted on narrow walled terraces clinging to the steep mountainsides, was the first wine region to be legally demarcated in 1756. Its historic vineyards are a World Heritage site.
After the wine is made, it is brought down to the ‘lodges’ of the Port houses in Oporto to be aged and blended. Located a few steps from these ancient cellars, The Yeatman is the ideal starting point for a visit to the most famous Port houses.
Moreover its link with the Port trade will allow it to offer an unparalleled Port selection including many rarities. For the wine lover, a trip to the spectacular Douro Valley is not to be missed.
The Yeatman is uniquely placed to organize visits and itineraries in this extraordinary wine region. Cruise boats linking Oporto to the vineyard area depart from the quayside a few minutes walk away.
Arrangements can also be made for guests to travel to the Douro Valley by train, considered to be one of the great railway journeys in the world.
BEACHES IN PORTO
To the north and south of the Douro River, Porto is blessed with a wealth of long, clean, sandy beaches.
Vila Nova de Gaia
Vila Nova de Gaia, just across the river from Porto, is known for its diverse natural landscape, in particular close to the river and seafront.
If you begin to explore, one can find many picturesque green areas, ranging from woods, meadows and fields, to beautiful gardens with impressive, stately manor houses. Many are protected areas with some belonging to nature reserves.
Vila Nova de Gaia is also known for its extensive coastline, with large sandy beaches, some with famous coastal sand dunes. The beach landscape is particularly unspoiled and boasts 15kms of coastline with the largest number of Blue Flag beaches in Portugal.
There has also been considerable investment in creating a wooden walkway that runs the full stretch of Gaia’s coastline, providing a sea view along the entire route.
Madalena, Lavadores, Salgueiros and Miramar are all examples of excellent beaches in Gaia, ideal for providing the family with some stress-free fun. The beaches often have esplanades and protected green spaces and are the ideal spot for some beach exercise, with a late afternoon run, long walk or bicycle ride.
Gaia has built a new Marina where you will find a variety of luxury boats. The path from the marina to the beaches provides a good walk, passing by the nature reserve of the Douro estuary, a protected area where you can do some bird watching or contemplate the magnificent, natural scenery.
Visit the adjacent picturesque fishing village of Afurada with its narrow cross streets and traditional cafés and fish restaurants. In Vila Nova de Gaia, we recommend the following beaches:
The beach at Lavadores, in Vila Nova de Gaia is one of the closest beaches to The Yeatman hotel and is characterised by approximately 1km of sandy beach, wooden esplanades and surrounding green areas.
There are a many cafés and restaurants along the beach front (some on the beach itself), at which to enjoy a stunning view of the Atlantic.
Characterised by its large sandy area and a considerable area of natural vegetation, the Salgueiros beach is one of the prettiest beaches in Vila Nova de Gaia.
The beach also offers good access for walks and bicycle rides and is surrounded by various restaurants, cafés and a few shops. At one end, there is a small outcrop of rocks, which create a natural sea break and a calmer sea, perfect for swimming.
The beach at Madalena is interdespersed by several rocky areas that characterise this beach. The dunes are protected by wooden walkways that beg for long beach walks to appreciate the landscape.
The beach at Madalena is interdespersed by several rocky areas that characterise this beach. The dunes are protected by wooden walkways that beg for long beach walks to appreciate the landscape.
Praia da Luz, Praia do Molhe, and Praia de Gondarém are all examples of beaches in Foz, situated on the Avenida Brasil, on the mouth of the River Douro. These beaches can be considered to be in town, as Foz is a sophisticated part of Porto and a sought after residential area.
The beaches are smaller than those in Gaia, however are ideal for enjoying a beautiful sunset, cocktail or ice cream, on one of the many trendy esplanades which characterize this beach area.
In Foz, you will be able to promenade up and down with the locals, or take a bike ride, with the beach and seaside for scenery. For our younger customers, we recommend a visit to Sea Life, Porto’s oceanarium.
With 30 aquariums and more than 5600 marine creatures, the little ones are bound to enjoy the entertainment!
The Foz beaches are lined with attractive and sophisticated shops together with some of the town’s best restaurants and bars, offering delicious fresh fish and other local delights.
Foz has an old part and a new part and wherever you go exploring, you are sure to enjoy the different areas and some of the things you see along the way. In Foz, we recommend the following beach:
‘Praia da Luz’ Beach
Situated in the Foz area of Porto, the beach at Praia da Luz offers a large rocky beach that is very popular in the summer months.
There are several very pleasant surrounding esplanades that are very inviting for relaxing and enjoying the sunset. In addition, Foz offers a vibrant nightlife and some of the best bars, restaurants and nightclubs in town.
Matosinhos beaches are for a younger, sportier crowd, set within the context of a typical fishing area of Porto, but also an upcoming residential area.
The beaches are lined with cafés and sun terraces and you will find several beach sports to hand from volleyball to surfing, not to forget fishing.
There’s also an area with beach huts and it’s common on these beaches to use parasols; in fact, the Matosinhos beaches can get quite busy in the summer. They offer several pastimes such as surf school and bars and cafés.
The beaches begin at Edifício Transparente, in front of Parque da Cidade (Porto’s natural and very large city park). Edifício Transparente gets its name from its structure: a large glass building in front of the sea offering a mix of more trendy cafés and restaurants, with some culture and sport.
Discover the Matosinhos beaches, explore the area and tie it in with a walk or jog in the park. In Matosinhos, we recommend the following beaches:
The Matosinhos beach is characterised by fine white sand and clean water and is a stone’s throw from the hundreds of seafood restaurants for which Matosinhos is renowned.
During the summer it is very popular with very easy access and lifeguard protection. Surf board lessons and hire are available here as well as bicycle rental.
Senhora da Boa Nova Beach
The chapel of Boa Nova gave its name to this small beach where the famous “Tea House” and Boa Nova Restuarant were built by the renowned Portuguese architect architect Siza Vieira.
Leça da Palmeira
Leça da Palmeira offers sandy beaches and good infrastructure. The sea is known to be quite choppy in Leça, although perfect if you wish to try your skills at bodyboard and surfing.
The “piscinas das marés” or “Tidal” swimming pools are another of Leça’s attractions and are right next to the beach promenade. The pools are filled with salt water and were designed by the famous Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza Vieira.
They fit harmoniously into the surrounding, rocky landscape where you will be mesmerized by the breaking waves.
Leça da Palmeira provides a good stretch of cafés, terraces, esplanades and shops where you can find light meals and drinks during the day; and karaoke and live music at night. Perfect for enjoying a cocktail or having dinner on a warm summer’s night. In Leça da Palmeira, we recommend using the following beach:
Leça da Palmeira Beach
The beach at Leça da Palmeira, offers a very long sandy stretch and good amenities. Characterised by rough sea, it is ideal for lovers of surfing and body boarding.
Vila do Conde
Vila do Conde beaches are extremely sought after in the summer with wide stretches of sand and a demarcated fishing area.
The beach offers excellent infrastructure and provides long walks along the parallel promenade, either on foot or bicycle. The sand is notoriously grainy and the beaches are attractive and popular. Vila do Conde, Mindelo and Póvoa de Varzim are all traditional bathing zones and can get quite busy in the summer months.
They all have a wide offering of restaurants and cafés with traditional Portuguese cuisine, sandwiches or salads, or fresh fish (often from the local catch since Vila do Conde and Póvoa have long been well known fishing towns in Portugal).
There are well known Handicraft and Gourmet fairs held in Vila do Conde during the summer months, usually in July and August and there’s an excellent camping ground in neighbouring Árvore. In Vila do Conde, we recommend the following beaches:
Vila do Conde Beach
The beach at Vila do Conde is very sought after in the summer, having a large sandy beach ideal for sunbathing and a special fishing zone.
The beach has excellent amenities and offers pleasant walkways (both pedestrian and bicycle) alongside the beach. Towards the mouth of the River Ave, there is the São João Fort, which dates back to the 17th Century.
The beach at Mindelo is excellently situated and is also much sought after in the summer months. It offers an excellent sandy beach.
NORTH OF PORTUGAL
Oporto is the hub of an extensive motorway network allowing rapid and easy access to some of Portugal’s most beautiful regions, that offer a wealth of culture and history.
These include the Minho with its verdant landscape, opulent palaces, manor houses, the spectacular terraced vineyards of Douro Valley and the historic cities of the Beiras region. Northwestern Spain, famed for its spectacular ‘rias’ and abundant seafood, is also within easy reach.
Just a short distance from metro and mainline rail stations and with easy motorway access, The Yeatman is ideally located to explore, not only the city of Oporto itself, but the beautiful surrounding coastal and inland areas which constitute one of the most beautiful but little known parts of Europe.
Charming historic cities, such as Braga and Viana do Castelo to the north in the Minho or the ancient university city of Coimbra to the south, are within range of a leisurely day trip.
For the wine lover, visits can be arranged to leading vineyards and estates in the Douro Valley, Minho, Dão and Bairrada wine regions, all easily accessible by road.
GOLF IN PORTO
During your next stay at The Yeatman hotel make sure you don’t miss the opportunity of playing golf by taking advantage of the outstanding golf courses the Porto region has to offer.
Designed mostly by renowned international architects, golf courses in and around Porto have excellent conditions. Whether on the seaside or in the countryside, the courses blend perfectly with the diverse landscape of the region.
The introduction of golf in Portugal is closely linked with the English community in Porto which founded the first golf club in Espinho during the late 19th Century. Currently, the Porto and the North of Portugal has numerous well known golf courses, presenting different levels of difficulty.
Finish your golfing experience at The Yeatman with a visit to our Caudalie Vinothérapie Spa, and enjoy our well-being area or relax with a sports massage.
Estela Golf Club
This golf club established in 1989, has a typical links course with outstanding views over the Atlantic Ocean and pleasant temperatures throughout the year. It is a pair 72, with four par 3 holes, ten par 4 holes and four par 5 holes. The usage of “Penncross Bent” grass, contributes greatly to the fast and firm greens of the course.
Miramar Golf Club
Established in 1932, Club de Golfe de Miramar was built to allow portuguese citizens to play golf, which was mostly played by the british comunity in the region. The par 35 course is a traditional links with nine holes, allowing for short games or full rounds. It is one of the finest executive courses in the Iberian Peninsula, with views over the Atlantic Ocean and a tricky layout.
Amarante Golf Club
This club established in 1997 has a pair 68 short mountain course, with an area of 40 acres and an altitude of 600 metres. It comprises seven pair 3 holes, eight pair 4 holes and three pair 5 holes. The highlights are the fast but undulated greens, which require special attention by players.
Quinta do Fojo Golf
This club was established in 1997, as a closer alternative for golf players living in Porto and Gaia. The six holes pair 20 course was built in 2002, offering great flexibility for golfers to play 6, 12 or 18 holes and with a Pitch & Putt course.