TAKE A SELF-GUIDED WALKING TOUR IN DOURO VALLEY
A Douro Valley walking tour is the perfect choice if you want to experience the region’s beauty and history but you are not necessarily into tasting a bunch of wine. On the other hand, if you are looking for a tour that hops from one Douro Valley winery to the next one and you like to sample ports and wines, then a guided tour might be a better option for you.
See some century cellars in the Douro Valley
While in the Douro region, you will have the opportunity to visit some old family estates that go way back to the 18th Century or to explore wine cellars that use modern technologies. In this part of the country, you can also find properties that offer private guided tours that include wine tastings and its delicious premium ports or that offer also panoramic vineyard views.
Just follow the Douro River and visit one of the most unique spots on earth. Wake up in this valley with outstanding views and enjoy a route with terraced vineyards, climb some hilly cobbled backstreets or taste Port, the world-famous wine.
Take a Douro Valley bike tour
Road cycling is one of the best ways to discover the Douro valley. Why? Because the winding roads and a few wine hotels can make for a great bike tour in this demarcated region.
This part of Portugal is really challenging for road cycling because all the roads by the river are flat, but after you start moving away from the Douro, it’s all uphill. You need to climb from 1000m to 2000m in 40km which can be quite challenging for the inexperienced cyclists, but the good news is that the average incline is medium. This means that with a bit of patience and determination, almost anyone can ride along these 7 to 10 km climbs.
Besides, the views are definitely worth it! Viewpoints like São Salvador do Mundo or Casais de Loivos will surely provide great views of the river and of the wine terraces.
Photo: Take a Douro Valley bike tour.
Run down the Douro Valley in a tour by car
If you choose to drive in the Douro valley, you count with the freedom of visiting any point you want and to pick the wine estates you want to see. Moreover, here you can drink plenty of its famous wine, so by picking a guided tour by car, you can drink as much wine as you like without worrying about the way back home.
Furthermore, there are other options to enjoy Douro like a boat trip from Porto, or other train and car options. Remember that it’s important to choose the one that best suits your budget, your available time as well as your personal preferences.
Indulge yourself in the luxury of the Douro Valley by driving
Travelling to the Douro Valley by car gives you greater flexibility and time to explore the different towns and villages along the route. One of the most important advantages is that more of this region can be visited than if you choose a cruise boat.