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Make a holiday rental home or villa in Douro, Portugal your home away from home

Douro, the home of port wines, lies in a spectacular valley whose terraces are laden with vines, right down to the channel of the River Douro that carved the landscape. Located in North Portugal, Douro is one of the quieter regions for visitors to visit, and the wonderful sense of peace is rivalled only by the scenery which changes with the seasons. Barely touched by tourists and stunningly beautiful, anyone seeking true Portugal must explore a Douro holiday home.

Things to do in Douro, Portugal

One of the most enjoyable ways to spend a day from a self catering Douro villa, as well as being the finest way to see the countryside is to take one of the regular boat trips up the river. Although the winding mountain roads give you some of the most inspiring views of north Portugal, it is from the river that you gain the best insight into the area, as well as enjoying the highest levels of peace and quiet. There is also a wonderful little steam train which winds and puffs its way through the valley, although only between May and October.

Staying in self catering Douro accommodation is a perfect option for anyone that loves fine wine and good food, especially port. All along the valley, proof of port production can be clearly seen, with famous names from Taylor’s to Cockburns appearing with proud regularity throughout the area. Unusually for Portugal, Douro’s cuisine is largely meat based (as opposed to fish), and the red and white wines, produced alongside the port, offers a hugely complimentary accompaniment.

This unspoilt haven is a walkers’ dream too. The narrow, twisting roads and paths guide you gently through forgotten villages and timeless viewpoints, where you are likely to be disturbed by nothing but the local wildlife.

Places to visit on holiday in Douro, Portugal

If you feel like heading to the city after staying in an area of such charming, unspoilt, rural villages, Porto, Portugal’s second largest city, lies at the mouth of the River Douro on the west coast. The city is truly charming, hanging over the river, and makes a wonderful place to visit on a day trip from a Douro villa, whether for the history, shopping or simply to enjoy the flourishing café culture.

Travel to Douro, Portugal

Porto Airport (OPO) is the closest airport to the Douro, located around 150km from the heart of the region. Ryanair provide the lion’s share of direct flights to Porto from the UK, with services arriving from all corners of the UK. A hire car is strongly advised when visiting self catering Douro accommodation.

    Wonderful! 4.9/5
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    Apartment #255109
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      Excellent! 4.7/5
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      Apartment #1601157
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        Excellent! 4.7/5
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        Apartment #1854161
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          Excellent! 4.7/5
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          Apartment #1681784
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            Excellent! 4.7/5
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            • 4 BR
            • 3 BA
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            House #6496667
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              Exceptional! 5/5
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              • 3 BR
              • 3 BA
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              Apartment #837897vb
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                Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                • Studio
                • 1 BA
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                House #6394549
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                  Exceptional! 5/5
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                  • 3 BA
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                  Multiple rentals Apartment #1837234
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                    • 1 BR
                    • 1 BA
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                    Apartment #6531974
                    3
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                      Exceptional! 5/5
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                      • 2 BR
                      • 1 BA
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                      Apartment #6014999
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                        Wonderful! 4.8/5
                        (29 reviews)
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                        • 1 BR
                        • 1 BA
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                        Apartment #1568557
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                        Viewed 32 times in the last 48 hours
                          Excellent! 4.6/5
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                          • 1 BR
                          • 1 BA
                          • Sleeps 4
                          Apartment #6721720
                          17
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                            Excellent! 4.5/5
                            (45 reviews)
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                            • 1 BR
                            • 1 BA
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                            Apartment #1125498
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                              Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                              • 2 BR
                              • 2 BA
                              • Sleeps 4
                              Apartment #1454102a
                              20
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                                Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                • 1 BR
                                • 2 BA
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                                Apartment #1675849
                                25
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                                  Excellent! 4.7/5
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                                  • 1 BR
                                  • 1 BA
                                  • Sleeps 3
                                  Apartment #6519286
                                  14
                                  Viewed 23 times in the last 48 hours
                                    Excellent! 4.7/5
                                    (30 reviews)
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                                    • 2 BR
                                    • 1 BA
                                    • Sleeps 4
                                    Apartment #1368840
                                    30
                                    Viewed 19 times in the last 48 hours
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                                      • 1 BR
                                      • 1 BA
                                      • Sleeps 4
                                      Apartment #6750563
                                      4
                                      Viewed 28 times in the last 48 hours
                                        Excellent! 4.7/5
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                                        • 3 BR
                                        • 1 BA
                                        • Sleeps 6
                                        Multiple rentals Apartment #1358738
                                        23
                                        Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                          Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                          • 3 BR
                                          • 3 BA
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                                          Apartment #6516125
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                                            Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                            (30 reviews)
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                                            • 2 BR
                                            • 1 BA
                                            • Sleeps 4
                                            Apartment #1620782
                                            30
                                            Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                              Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                              (37 reviews)
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                                              • 2 BR
                                              • 2 BA
                                              • Sleeps 5
                                              House #6608731
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                                                Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                                • 1 BR
                                                • 1 BA
                                                • Sleeps 3
                                                Apartment #1767695
                                                8
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                                                  Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                                  • 1 BR
                                                  • 1 BA
                                                  • Separate Toilet
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                                                  Apartment #1514037
                                                  19
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                                                    Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                    (36 reviews)
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                                                    • 2 BR
                                                    • 1 BA
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                                                    Apartment #1148465
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                                                    Viewed 36 times in the last 48 hours
                                                      Excellent! 4.4/5
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                                                      • 1 BR
                                                      • 2 BA
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                                                      Apartment #1681315
                                                      9
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                                                        Excellent! 4.6/5
                                                        (28 reviews)
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                                                        • 3 BR
                                                        • 1 BA
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                                                        Multiple rentals Apartment #1358738
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                                                        Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                                                          Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                          (22 reviews)
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                                                          • 1 BR
                                                          • 1 BA
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                                                          Apartment #1772103
                                                          22
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                                                            Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                                            Multiple rentals Apartment #1837234
                                                            6
                                                            Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                                              Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                              (49 reviews)
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                                                              • 2 BR
                                                              • 2 BA
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                                                              Apartment #1009074a
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                                                              Viewed 25 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                (27 reviews)
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                                                                • 3 BR
                                                                • 1 BA
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                                                                Cottage #1004526a
                                                                27
                                                                Viewed 43 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                  Excellent! 4.6/5
                                                                  (29 reviews)
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                                                                  • 1 BR
                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                  • Sleeps 3
                                                                  Apartment #1041652
                                                                  29
                                                                  Viewed 13 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                    Excellent! 4.6/5
                                                                    (18 reviews)
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                                                                    • 3 BR
                                                                    • 2 BA
                                                                    • Sleeps 9
                                                                    Apartment #1706612
                                                                    18
                                                                      Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                      (10 reviews)
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                                                                      • 3 BR
                                                                      • 3 BA
                                                                      • Separate Toilet
                                                                      • Sleeps 8
                                                                      Apartment #885997vb
                                                                      10
                                                                      Viewed 28 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                        Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                        (30 reviews)
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                                                                        • 2 BR
                                                                        • 2 BA
                                                                        • Sleeps 6
                                                                        Apartment #3845881
                                                                        30
                                                                        Viewed 37 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                          Excellent! 4.3/5
                                                                          (8 reviews)
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                                                                          • 3 BR
                                                                          • 2 BA
                                                                          • Sleeps 7
                                                                          Apartment #6544387
                                                                          8
                                                                          Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                            Exceptional! 5/5
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                                                                            • 2 BR
                                                                            • 2 BA
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                                                                            Apartment #1216070
                                                                            30
                                                                            Viewed 22 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                              Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                              (22 reviews)
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                                                                              • 4 BR
                                                                              • 3 BA
                                                                              • Separate Toilet
                                                                              • Sleeps 8
                                                                              Apartment #1243681a
                                                                              22
                                                                              Viewed 30 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                                                (12 reviews)
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                                                                                • 3 BR
                                                                                • 2 BA
                                                                                • Separate Toilet
                                                                                • Sleeps 6
                                                                                Apartment #1770728
                                                                                12
                                                                                Viewed 27 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                  • 1 BR
                                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                                  • Sleeps 2
                                                                                  Apartment #6072605
                                                                                  3
                                                                                    Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                    (16 reviews)
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                                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                                    • Separate Toilet
                                                                                    • Sleeps 6
                                                                                    Multiple rentals Apartment #1929834
                                                                                    16
                                                                                    Viewed 23 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                      Excellent! 4.6/5
                                                                                      (7 reviews)
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                                                                                      • 1 BR
                                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                                      • Sleeps 3
                                                                                      Apartment #1734219
                                                                                      7
                                                                                      Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                        Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                                        (6 reviews)
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                                                                                        • 2 BR
                                                                                        • 1 BA
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                                                                                        Apartment #6957844
                                                                                        6
                                                                                        Viewed 21 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                          Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                                          (8 reviews)
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                                                                                          • 2 BR
                                                                                          • 2 BA
                                                                                          • Sleeps 4
                                                                                          Apartment #6003002
                                                                                          8
                                                                                          Viewed 13 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                            • 4 BR
                                                                                            • 3 BA
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                                                                                            Apartment #6707055
                                                                                            3
                                                                                              • 1 BR
                                                                                              • 1 BA
                                                                                              • Sleeps 4
                                                                                              Multiple rentals Apartment #1965480
                                                                                              1
                                                                                              Viewed 17 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                                (13 reviews)
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                                                                                                • 3 BR
                                                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                                                • Separate Toilet
                                                                                                • Sleeps 7
                                                                                                House #6375999
                                                                                                13
                                                                                                Viewed 19 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                  Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                                  (11 reviews)
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                                                                                                  • 3 BR
                                                                                                  • 2 BA
                                                                                                  • Separate Toilet
                                                                                                  • Sleeps 6
                                                                                                  Apartment #6493874
                                                                                                  11
                                                                                                  Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                    Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                                                    (34 reviews)
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                                                                                                    • 1 BR
                                                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                                                                    Apartment #6636353
                                                                                                    34
                                                                                                    Viewed 13 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                      Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                                      (7 reviews)
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                                                                                                      • 2 BR
                                                                                                      • 2 BA
                                                                                                      • Sleeps 5
                                                                                                      Apartment #6734874
                                                                                                      7
                                                                                                      Viewed 13 times in the last 48 hours

                                                                                                      Douro Valley Holiday Apartments & Homes (300+)

                                                                                                       

                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Fabulous Appartment in the heart of downtown Porto

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      This apartment is very close to all the major tourist sites of Porto and a wide range of restaurants, bars and nightlife. I stayed here for 4 nights with my husband and 2 adult daughters and the apartment is equipped with lovely comfortable furniture and everything we could need in the kitchen and bathroom was provided. We especially liked the terrace at the front where we could enjoy the wonderful weather and people watch. Everything was spotlessly clean and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay here.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2017

                                                                                                      Charming, family run, amazing location!

                                                                                                      4 of 5
                                                                                                      We stayed here with our daughter in the first week of July. This sweet apartment was and ideal base for exploring Porto. Opening the shutters to see the beautiful tiled Carmelite convent across the way was amazing, and there is easy access to public transport nearby. It's clean, elegant and comfortable, and the breakfasts provided by our lovely hosts from their bakery below were absolutely delicious, served with grace by the incredibly hard working staff, and set us up for the day. We marvelled at the range of beautiful pastries, and had to try a different one each day. It is right in the centre of the action, which continues into the early hours, so might not suit everyone, but you get a real sense of the vibrancy of the city, which we loved. We hope to return and carry on exploring this lovely city.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2017