Rio Douro, Porto

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Explore Rio Douro aboard a cruise ship or by visiting the cities that line its shores. At 897 km (557 mi) long, this river stretches between Duruelo de la Sierra in Spain and Porto in Portugal. Spend your day cruising down the river or kayaking while enjoying views of the valley. On land, you can take a bike ride. Discover a riverside city, such as Vila Nova de Gaia, Foz do Tua, or Peso da Regua. Or experience the wine-making region of Douro Vinhateiro, a World Heritage Site. Work out when and for how long to visit Rio Douro and other Porto attractions using our handy Porto holiday planner.
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  • The tour of the Douro River is beautiful! We went to the pinion gear drive. The road from Sabrosa to Pinhão is breathtaking. Arriving there, we did a tour of 2 hours in r. After this tour that passed so quickly, we went to the Miradouro Loivos couple to appreciate the beautiful view of the Douro River and follow to Peso da Régua. Another wonderful road full of places to stop and take pictures. On the way, we stopped in a dam to view the ascent and descent. I've never seen an elevator. Well interesting. In Peso da Régua, another viewpoint with beautiful view. Viewpoint Are Leonardo de Galafuro. I didn't have time to visit the wineries. The region calls for a 2, 3 days to visit. Tour not to be missed!
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  • A boat trip on the River Douro is an excellent choice for leisure in the city of Porto. There are several options that you can choose on the spot.
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  • The views of the Duero from Ribeira, Gaia, or from the bridges of Porto (Luis I) are very nice.
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Portugal's second city offers a healthy variety and quantity of accessible accommodations. The historical city center on the northern bank of the River Douro teems with hotel options, ranging from budget-friendly hostels and guesthouses, which often have shared rooms, to upscale, luxury hotels housed in larger buildings and packed with amenities. All of these options place you conveniently close to the town's main sights, including churches, historical squares, and more. On top of that, many hotels on the northern bank boast good views from their hilltop vantage points. If you want to save big on cost, it's worth considering a more low-key hostel or small hotel on the less-popular southern bank.
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