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  • Small, well-kept site in the Madalena area of Vila Nova de Gaia
  • Half an hour from central Porto by public transport
  • Swimming pool on site; beach 20 minutes' walk away

Fab location alert: Istas Garden is one of those places that’s particularly well suited to folk who can’t decide whether they want a city break or a seaside hol (or those who are pretty sure that actually they’d like a bit of both, obrigado).

This handy spot is in the outskirts of Porto, in an area called Madalena on the southern Vila Nova de Gaia side of town (yes, that’s the bit where all the port cellars are – how splendid). Getting into town is a cinch, for the public transport connections are excellent: it’s an easy half-hour jaunt to the centre of Porto by either train or bus.

There are also bikes to hire on site, but it’s worth bearing in mind the city’s somewhat steep hills before planning to roam too far. Where two-wheeled transport comes into its own is on outings to the beach – the nearest sandy stretch is a couple of kilometres away (about 20 minutes on foot if you'd rather walk), and there are several more to try out within a few kilometres’ pedalling.

For eats, it’s a short walk for restaurant dinners, or to pick up supermarket bits to cook back at base – either in the shared kitchen (kitted out with fridge, stove, microwave, crockery and the like) or at the spacious outdoor barbecue area. And surely there can be no finer way to work up an appetite for your meal than a dip in the pool (heated and under cover, so it can be used in all weathers).

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Skvely rodinny kemp, utulne, paradni majitele, kemp s bazenem!06/11/2019

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  • Joia on-site trailer (2 adults and 2 children)
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    Skvely rodinny kemp, utulne, paradni majitele, kemp s bazenem!


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Leisure on park

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment


Fitness centre

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool


Recreation room/arcade

TV room




Amenities on park

Bath available

Car parking by site/unit

Composting toilet

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access


Parent & baby washroom


Pick-up from public transport


Pub toilets


Shower available

Washing-up area

Wheelchair access


Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome


Barbecue grills allowed

Barbecue provided

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year


Gastronomic delight

Hikers’ paradise




Charging facilities

Communal fridge

Dump station

No drinkable water point

No hot water

No running water

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Convenience store nearby

Public transportation nearby


Tiny (1-10 sites)

Nearby leisure

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Restaurant nearby

Surf school nearby

Watersports nearby

Touring and motorhomes

Gray water hook-up for RVs/trailers

Tourer storage facilities

Water hook-up points for tourers


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  • Rua da Cavada 617, Vila Nova de Gaia, Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal, 4405-519
  • Timezone Europe/Lisbon +0000 (GMT+00:00)   GPS 41.1089°N 8.6464°W


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Local attractions

With public transport being so handy here, it makes sense to spread your Porto jaunts over a few days so you can delve a little deeper than a day trip would allow (and sample the offerings of multiple port cellars too, of course).

Start your explores at the famed Luis I bridge, then stroll around the pretty Cais de Ribeira area, visit a collection of elaborate old churches, ride on the funicular, peruse the museums, poke in the shops, take in a gig at the Casa de Música, board boats out into the wine-producing Douro Valley…

For a change of scenery, you might also like to consider day trips to Braga, Guimarães, or the Venice-esque colourful canals of Aveiro – all are around 50 minutes away by car. And of course, there are those beaches: set out on foot for your local sands (Praia da Madalena, 20 minutes’ walk), scramble among the dunes at Praia da Dunas (45 minutes’ walk) or keep ambling to Senhor da Pedra Chapel (an hour), built right on the beach and surrounded by water at high tide.

  • Does Istas Garden have a swimming pool? Yes View all features
  • Is Istas Garden dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Istas Garden? With public transport being so handy here, it makes sense to spread your Porto jaunts over a few days so you can delve a little deeper than a day trip would allow … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Istas Garden?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  9 a.m. –  8 p.m.
    Depart by:  2 p.m.
    On-site accommodation
    Arrive:  9 a.m. –  7:30 p.m.
    Depart by:  2 p.m.
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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the terms and conditions.

Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.
All guests spending the night at the park must present their ID at the reception desk and sign registration forms.

Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.

Bookings are nominative and non-transferable.

Changes to your holiday
Bookings cannot be amended within 5 day(s) of arrival.

Bookings must not be for more than 30 consecutive nights.
Discount cards and gift vouchers cannot be applied to bookings made via

Dogs are not allowed in the on-site accommodations.
Dogs are prohibited from main facilities and amenities.
Dogs must be kept on leashes and supervised at all times.
Guide dogs are allowed on site free of charge.

Hired accommodation
Hired accommodation: €100.00 ($181.19) damage/cleanliness/bracelet deposit is required on arrival and will be refunded on departure after inspection of your unit should no damage/losses be found.

In the event of a complaint, please speak to reception immediately. Complaints which are not brought to the management's attention during your stay cannot be dealt with once you have left the site.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.

Motorcycle(s) can be brought instead of the car(s) included.

No bachelor/bachelorette parties permitted via

Arrivals and departures
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

No vehicle movement between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m..

Quiet hours must be respected between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m..
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and trunks must be closed quietly.

The car is only included in the rate if you are travelling with a camper, trailer tent or tent. If you wish to bring a car along with your motorhome/RV, please select the extra.

The indoor swimming pool is open between 01/01 and 20/12.

The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behavior is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

The site caters for families (immediate members) and couples only - bookings from all other forms of groups are not accepted.

The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act (i.e. Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, and Fila Brasileiro) and/or any of the following: Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Rottweiler, any Mastiff or Tosa.

Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Visitors’ cars are not permitted on site.
Visitors must leave the premises by 11 p.m..
Visitors must register at reception and pay their fee.

You must follow management instructions when setting up your tent/rig and related equipment.

Hired accommodation
Your unit must be left clean and tidy; a fine of €30.00 ($54.61) will be charged for unclean units upon departure.