Cruising on the Douro in Porto


Major cities tend to be based near rivers and Porto in Northern Portugal has the River Douro. I was on a trip there with several colleagues and one way of seeing a city is from the river. We chartered a cruiser from FeelDouro, a Yacht Charter and Cruising company based at Douro Marina. The company specialises in private cruises on the Douro River which flows the 210 km to the Atlantic Ocean. The company also has a second base in Pinhão. Ideal for boat tours to the heart of the Douro Valley Wine Region where the grapes for port are grown.

Set itineraries can be two or three hours as well as a full day. An option is to have dinner on-board or organize a tailor-made trip for anything up to seven days. Their fleet can take 12 with a catamaran that accommodates up to 16. The cruiser I went on was quite small with one double cabin and a small kitchen. Their boats are skippered although if someone is qualified they are able to charter one of the yachts.

Although quite compact, our cruiser was very comfortable with areas where we could relax both inside and out. Seeing buildings from the river gave me a different perspective of the city, and with a glass of the local Muscat and homemade cake served on board, a fun way to see the city.

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Port cellar on the banks of the Douro




About Natasha Blair

Travel journalist who enjoys discovering new places in style, where possible, with her dog, a Coton de Tulear, called Poppy. Good food, not necessarily gourmet, is important as is the atmosphere as she also writes about restaurants. Culture is another love, and as she is based in London, she reviews theatre and art exhibitions.
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1 Response to Cruising on the Douro in Porto

  1. Porto is a great place to wander about for a day or two, and cruising on the Douro is beautiful. I loved seeing the engineering at the lock.


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