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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.

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                                                                                                      Everything about the flat was just as advertised; excellent location; spotless

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                                                                                                      Tiago answered all our questions promptly and gave much additional information to ensure we have the best possible time and experience of Porto. He provided detailed directions to get to the flat and kept in touch to check that all was in order. The flat was spotless and the views from the balcony just what was needed to unwind with our welcome pack from Tiago. We saw the sun rise and set from the balcony. The kitchen was well equiped as was the whole flat. The flat is well situated for all that Porto has to offer from the old town with Se Cathedral close by and the new city across that fabulous bridge. We were able to talk to most locations and soak up the atmosphere of Porto. We weren't troubled by any noise though the lively Ribeira area is close by for those that are looking for excellent music and a great selection of top notch eateries. It is down hill;easy to get to and perhaps more challenging on the return but there is a convenient vehicular tram at 2.50 Euros for those that feel the need. There are also scores of alternative cafe/bars/restaurants at almost every turn in Porto so you you are sure to find something that meets your needs. The usual city bus tours are available from a pick-up point just round the corner. We used the metro from the airport and it was an easy 15 minute walk from the closest metro station (Bolhao) though we were travelling light.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Apr 26, 2017
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                                                                                                      Great, cosy and spacious apartment

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                                                                                                      Filipa was a great host!A big bonus there is a BBQ so the weather was nice and we could sit outside! The river view was great and I would reccommend it to anyone!You can walk to the city centre it takes approx 20-25 min and by cab is just 6euros! All the best to Filipa, thanks for everything!
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                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Feb 2017