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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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                                                                                                    So friendly, perfect location

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                                                                                                    The apartment was lovely and clean, just as described, Luis so welcoming on arrival, despite us being early, with a lovely touch - a welcome 'apartment' special pastry and bottle of wine. Elisa was so helpful providing additional sheets immediately on request in view of the heatwave! Air conditioning on this occasion would have been good (but 39 degrees probably not the norm) and enable closed doors at night as it was a rather lively area at night. The location was perfect for this amazing city, so central for everything in the city and bus stop for the airport just across the road (Elisa provided very good directions from the airport, we found the bus very easy and leisurely), The icing on the cake was the delicious complimentary breakfast served from ELisa and Luis' lovely cafe at the buzzy outside tables by the most lovely waiter, Jinaldo, who made the start of every day a delight.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 29-Aug-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                                    Amazing Apartment & Location

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                                                                                                    The apartment was very easy to book and if you have any questions Denis is more than happy to help. The apartment is very cute, and enough for 4 people. Very clean and modern with spacious rooms. The location was also very good, on a quiet street but we walked to all the major sites and the Rivera. There are 2 supermarkets within 5-10mins as well as places to eat and shopping. The apartment has everything you need for a perfect stay, plus a small garden which is hard to find in Porto. We would highly recommend this apartment and thank Denis for a lovely stay.
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                                                                                                    Fabulous apartment in a great location

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                                                                                                    We spent a wonderful 10 days staying in Ann’s apartment. It is spacious, beautifully decorated and furnished; full of light and very well equipped in all respects - it really is as good as all the other reviewers describe! The terrace and garden offer a peaceful and private outside space for relaxing with a drink whilst listening to the birdsong and watching the sunbathing lizards. The proximity to the station and metro is ideal for travelling into Porto and for day trips to other nearby and equally fascinating cities. The train journey along the Douro Valley to Pinhao is delightful and from there a boat trip further up the river is a great way to see more of the beautiful scenery. The neighbourhood feels very safe and friendly with all you would need in easy walking distance. Ann is a very thoughtful and gracious host. We arrived early on a Sunday morning and she kindly welcomed us with food and wine for our first day when local shops were closed. She was on hand if we needed any help but always very discrete. In short it is hard to imagine anywhere better to stay in Porto. Thank you Ann!
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                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Jul 2016