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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. A visit to Rio Douro represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Porto itinerary maker to plot your vacation.
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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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  • Gorgeous river, lovely on a nice day, took a trip on a rabelo for €12pp for 50 minutes which is deffo reccomended  more »
  • There is no escaping the river in Porto. You can walk it, cruise it and cross it. I recommend you do all three. It is crossed by 5 bridges and it is worth taking a drive or cruise to its mouth.  more »
  • A short cruise along the Douro past the city's river banks and under its several impressive bridges gives an excellent overview of Porto's main architectural and geographical features. Alternatively, ...  more »