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Hosting a meeting in Northern Portugal

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A June 2013 trip to Portugal by koshkha

Hotel Cidnay Photo, Santo Tirso, Portugal More Photos
Quote: With a total of 17 colleagues to entertain, we booked a hotel and some restaurants in Santo Tirso and Porto.

Hotel Cidnay

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Hotel | "Small Town Hotels Never Used to be Like This"

Hotel Cidnay Photo, Santo Tirso, Portugal
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The last time I stayed in a hotel in small-town Portugal was nearly 20 years ago in the out-of-the-way north-eastern town of Braganca. It was a tiny hotel with a room so small you had to walk over the bed to get to the window and every evening the restaurant would fill up with men in blue overalls, drinking the local hooch, smoking cigarettes out of the corner of their mouths and waiting to see the latest Brazilian soap operas on the TV that was constantly on in the corner of the room. I loved it - the atmosphere, not the men in the overalls! So that was the image I had in my mind when I set off to Santo Tirso with a booking for the Hotel Cidnay. It was going to cost me around Euro70 for the night so ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 5, 2009

Hotel Cidnay
Rua Dr. Joao Goncalves - Apartado 232
Santo Tirso, Portugal 4784-909
+351(252)859 300

Pedra do Couto

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Restaurant | "Brazilian Barbecue Portuguese Style"

Pedra do Couto Photo, Santo Tirso, Portugal
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On the second night of our team gathering in Santo Tirso, northern Portugal, I had invited colleagues from the local factory to join us for dinner. I asked Rui, the factory manager, to find somewhere suitable, quietly hoping that he'd do exactly what he did – choose one of the best places in the area, a restaurant called Pedra do Couto. A restaurant can be excellent for two or four people and rubbish for a large group but I'd been to Pedra do Couto for enough group dinners to know that we'd have nothing to worry about. In total the group was 23 people and Rui arranged a deal at 30 euros per head.The restaurant was booked for 8pm on a Wednesday evening. By local terms that's quite ea...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 7, 2013

Pedra do Couto
Rua Santo André 229
Santo Tirso
913 577 141

Ask Not For Whom the Road Tolls

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If you have been to Portugal before and have merrily driven up and down the nation’s toll roads, happily throwing your change at the toll collectors or sticking your credit card in the slot every time you’re asked to, then be aware – things have changed. In fact they’ve changed a lot.Last time I drove in Portugal I wasn’t paying any attention to such things. I was stuck in the north of the country when the European airline industry ground to a halt thanks to the unpronounceable Icelandic volcano. That was only 3 years ago but at that time, tolls were easy. When the machines asked for money, you gave it to them. Simple!I was already more than a little nervous about t...Read More

Ferreira Cellars

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Attraction | "Everyone should do it once - few more than that"

Ferreira Cellars Photo, Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal
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In my long ago student days I had a flat mate whose father worked in procurement for the Australian High Commission. Simon’s dad bought everything such an organisation could possibly need from food and drink, to tablecloths and diplomatic items. Consequently he had grown up almost oblivious to the fact that any country in the world other than Australia had a wine industry. I recall the first time someone came to our flat with a bottle of port and Simon picked it up to read the label "Ha ha" said he, "That’s really funny. It’s port and it comes from Portugal". He was shocked to see that nobody else thought it was funny, and to realise that he was the only person who hadn’t realised that port wine...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 16, 2013

Ferreira Cellars
Avenida Ramos Pinto 80
Vila Nova de Gaia, portugal

D.Tonho

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Restaurant | "Oh Don't - An anagram of D.Tonho"

D.Tonho Photo, Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal
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After taking our teams to the Ferreira port cellars we headed back to the riverside to find the restaurant which we’d booked – D.Tonho. There are actually two restaurants by this name that I know of – there may be more I don’t know about – so if I don’t succeed in thoroughly putting you off, take care to make sure you find the one in Vila Nova de Gaia and not its namesake over the river in Porto. Local colleagues recommended D.Tonho and suggested we go for the Gaia branch because of the superb views over the river. My husband always says it’s better to be in the ugly house looking at the beautiful one rather than the other way round and the same sort of principal applied here. Gaia’s not exactly ugly...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 16, 2013

D.Tonho
Av. Diogo Leite 111, Cais de Ribeira 13
Vila Nova de Gaia 4400