The Douro River runs for over 200 kilometres in Portugal and over 100 kilometres in the international Douro region where it borders Spain.
Along its course it crosses Northern Portugal and dozens of municipalities, where we can find the beautiful landscapes of the Douro Valley, a region classified as World Heritage by UNESCO, and the Cliffs of the International Douro.
We can find the beautiful cities of Vila Real, Lamego among many other riverside towns such as Peso da Régua, Pinhão, Miranda do Douro, and on the coast the city of Porto.
Through Upper Douro, Coastal Douro and Trás-os-Montes you can do several tourist routes. Here are some suggestions to get to know this beautiful region.
On this route we did a cruise from Régua to Barca d’Alva, returning by train along the Douro line. This route is the most wonderful in the Douro, as it passes through the heart of the Douro vineyards, several Quintas, three dams and many places with breathtaking views. It is a mandatory route to discover this region in a unique way.
A cruise we highly recommend!
In this route we go up the Douro, from Porto to Peso da Régua, located in the heart of the Douro Valley. It will be a 7 hour trip with lunch on board, which will take us through two dams: Crestuma-Lever and Carrapatelo. Along the way you can see the terraced vineyards on the banks of the river, farms and beautiful scenery as the river meanders through the middle of the increasingly steep slopes.
On this route we will get to know the International Douro. We start from the river beach of Congida, about 2 kms from Freixo de Espada à Cinta, and go up the Douro River, navigating through the reservoir of the Saucelle dam. We pass through La Barca, a Spanish village, and continue until we get close to the Aldeadávila dam. We then make the return journey.
Departing from the town of Miranda do Douro, this cruise is framed by the magnificent landscape of the Douro cliffs, sculpted by the passage of the river over thousands of years. It is a unique landscape in Portugal.