We were a group of 6 adult Canadians, going to Porto to walk the Portuguese Camino Way to Santiago de Compostela Spain. Pedro met our group at the airport and delivered us to both rental apartments. After a long flight it was great to meet the man from the River Place apartments, on time with a welcoming smile.The apartments are centrally located on the opposite side of the river from Cais da Ribeira, allowing a magical view of Porto under the shimmering lights. Our five days unfolded with Pedro supplying tours to Fatima, Douro Valley wineries and a great day with a long walk through his city Porto - a great warm up for the next part of our journey. The apartments, food recommendations and highlights of Porto are as described on the website. The one word to describe our our experience with the apartment and Pedro was magical, and way beyond our expectations.
We are planning to do a Camino Coastal walk in 2017 and plan to spend time with Pedro at his River Place apartments.
Just returned from a stay in Porto at Riverplace 2. The apartment is exactly as described and was plenty of room for four of us (2 couples). The kitchen was well stocked and the apartment very clean and comfortable. Pedro was excellent from beginning to end, responding quickly to emails and ensuring that everything went well with our visit. I highly recommend this property.
What a perfect place to stay in Porto! Thank you, Pedro, for your warm welcome, all your information and suggestions. We visited everything! :)
Apartment location is perfect!! The view - absolutely stunning! We had everything we need in this apartment. I would definitely stay there again and highly recommend to anyone visiting Porto.
Auste & the group ;)
We spent a very pleasant weekend in Porto staying at River Place 2. The apartment is very well located within easy walking distance of the river and all its diversions. The property was clean, well presented and was as described. The owner is a model of helpfulness. Recommended. We will certainly be returning to Porto and will be rebooking when we do.
We were happy to begin our first time trip in Portugal from amazing city Porto. The apartment was very nice and comfortable, the location and view through the window – spectacular. The owner Pedro picked us up from the airport and recommended to visit famous objects of Porto and places to taste local Portuguese food. We appreciate everything he'd done for us. We recommend this best option of accommodation to everyone who is going to visit Porto.
We stayed at Pedro’s River Place apartment in September 2012. We had a wonderful holiday there and we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Pedro as a host, the River Place as a base and Porto as a holiday destination in which to relax, walk, explore and enjoy the sunshine and the history.
Location – The apartment is located at a relaxed stroll of perhaps 200 metres from the Dom Luis bridge which is central to the operation of the city. The slightly elevated position offers sensational views overlooking the port cellars and the Ribeira. From dawn to dusk the light casts different shadows across the panorama. In the evening the twinkle of city lights merges with the after dusk twilight. It’s very beautiful to observe.
From the apartment there is easy access to a vast array of port cellars, Dom Luis and the other bridges, Ribeira, Metro, cafes, bars, river bank strolls, parks.
View – Stunning, across terracotta roof tops of port cellars on the banks of the Douro to Ribeira north side with Porto towering above. Feral cat family comically playing out a life of sleeping, resting and relaxing on roof tops opposite.
Facilities – the apartment is fully equipped: Satellite TV, fast Wifi (20Mbps!), sleeps 5 easily, quaintly furnished in local style, no IKEA.
Kitchen - large and fully equipped, electric hob, fridge, micro wave oven
Comfort – very comfy, cool even without AC, ample soft seating, ample dining facilities. Bright, airy atmosphere.
Noise – very little intrusion.
Security – we had no issues at the apartment or anywhere in Porto.
We consider the apartment good value for money.
Owner – very helpful and reliable. Pedro was waiting for us on arrival at the airport, welcomed us to the apartment with a decanter of port and a comprehensive knowledge of the city, and took us back to the airport for our departure flight. A very genial and helpful host.
We hope to return to the apartment and unhesitatingly recommend it.
The apartment enjoys a prime location opposite the River Douro. Located in Ribeira de Gaia, is a few minutes walk from the Port Wine Cellars and the historic center of Porto. About 2 minutes walk from the apartment are many restaurants with typical regional food, cafes, bars,and main shopping streets. If you want to visit the city of Oporto, just need to cross the bridge D. Louis, and into the heart of Oporto where you can enjoy unique features of the historic center of Porto (without transport) .)
One of the oldest cities in Europe, Porto has enjoyed World Heritage classification since 1996. Perched on the banks of river Douro, one of its six bridges was designed by Gustave Eiffel, whose signature touch is immediately recognised.
Along these very banks, visit the iconic cellars and discover more than 30 Port wine labels, most of which are world-famous.
Within the town of Porto itself, lovely vast panels of Portuguese tiles, in all number of intricate designs and colours, can be admired in Carmo Church, Almas Chapel, the interior of Sao Bento station and indeed along many of its rustic streets. The town is equally rich in historic monuments and outstanding examples of Baroque architecture, such as Sao Francisco, the Santa Clara churches, town hall.
Porto - Comtemporary architecture: In more recent years, Porto has carved an enviable reputation for its contemporary architecture, two laureate Pritzker prize Siza Vieira (1992) and Souto Moura (2011) including modern designs such as the Serralves Comtemporary Art Museum and House of Music, both of which host permanent exhibitions and shows.