On weekend mornings I usually go for long walks in my neighborhood as this is the best time to get lost in the picturesque old streets of Foz Velha. I usually walk towards the river bank through the narrow streets of Foz Velha, and walk along the riverside from Farol do Molhe (lighthouse), one of my favorite places, until my strength starts to weaken, but never before we pass by ‘Flor do Gás’.
Flor do Gás is small boat taxi used only for the purpose of transporting people (and bikes) from one side of the Douro river to the other, since 1961. It crosses the Douro River every 15 minutes, enabling you to enjoy the Arrábida bridge and also where the river flows into the Atlantic sea from a different perspective. The boat has an outside deck, but as it can get quite windy, there is also space inside surrounded by windows, so that the sight is not missed. I use it every time I go for lunch on the Afurada side, the marina, or for concerts during summertime that take place close by.
Flor do Gás connects the Lordelo do Ouro (Porto) side to Afurada (Gaia) and on either of the river sides there are several simple restaurants, with good options for local dishes, mainly fish related. I strongly recommend you use this 2 minute boat trip, especially on sunny days.