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Vila Nova de Gaia

Europe is one of the five inhabited traditional continents of the Earth. Physically and geologically, Europe is the westernmost peninsula of Eurasia, west of Asia. Europe is bounded to the north by the Arctic Ocean, to the west by the Atlantic Ocean, to the south by the Mediterranean Sea, and to the southeast by the waterways adjoining the Mediterranean to and including the Black Sea and the Caucasus Mountains. On the east, Europe is divided from Asia by the water divide of the Ural Mountains and by the Caspian Sea. Europe is the world's second smallest continent in terms of area and third largest continent after Asia and Africa in population.

Vila Nova de Gaia or simply Gaia is a city in Portugal. It is located in the Porto district to the south of the city of Porto. The city has a population of 300,868. The total area is 168.7 square kilometers with the density of 1,783 inhabitants per square kilometers. It contains 24 parishes, being the most populated municipality in Norte region. Vila Nova de Gaia had already existed under the Roman Empire as the city of Cale. The name of Porto, in high medieval times Portus Cale, thus stood for the harbour of the city of Cale. With the important trade of the river Douro, which was easily navigable up to the Regua deep inland, the Porto part of the city came to overgrow Cale and became the most important part of town, where the Bisphoric and the merchants were established.

The region is also well known for its lodges where the world famous port wine is stored and aged. The lodges have become a major tourist attraction. The city has started growing steadily. It has become a centre of industry, education, administration and culture. One can also learn about its history, from its earliest times and gain enthusiasm in its natural beauty and populace. For these reasons, the city enjoys a very positive reputation with worldwide travelers and so it is one of the most visited places amongst the most die hard travelers the world over.

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