PORTO DOURO CANAL BOAT HIRE
Narrowboat | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Dourovou is a small company that charter yacht on the Douro river water way - Portugal.
The company owns a small Marina "Douro Fluvina" at Ferradosa - Sao Joao da Pesqueira.
You can rent a Motor Yacht with free use of our chalets that are a few meters way from the private pontoons.
The chalets are very near the boats, and supply added comfort for your stay on the boats with larger toilets and kitchen.
The boat is a 26ft Yachts ideal for a couple or a family with children.
The Douro water way starts on the Atlantic coast at Porto and comprises five connected lakes that extend for 200 km to the border with Spain.
You can explore it with our boats and stop where ever you like, take tours by train along the valley, walk in the vineyards, visit farms and small towns or simply swim in the warm clear waters of the river.
Along the river there are plenty of free public piers with charming small restaurants, hotels and shops nearby.
Inland waters are perfect for a first charter experience.
The climate is pleasant From April to October
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: PORTO 170 km, Nearest railway: Ferradosa 500 m|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, Boat available, Sea view|
|General||Telephone, Wi-Fi available|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Double beds (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, Private fishing lake or river|
|Further details outdoors|
Our base has to offer:
- Pier with 32m for boats up to 8m (2.5t)
- Water and electricity on the pier
- Picnic and barbecue area
- Swimming pool
- Bungalows (T1 - 4 persons)
- Home (T1+1 - 4 persons)
- Guests room
- Boats Warehouse
- Boat lift
- Private Parking
Here are our answers to the most frequently asked questions:
What sailing qualifications would I need to charter a 26ft sailing yacht?
- Minimum: RYA Sailing Level 2 or RYA Power Boat Level 2 or RYA Inland Water Certification or RYA Day Skipper or ICC CNEVI or any international equivalent.
How many boats do you have?
- We have four boats two 28” Sail Boats and two 26” Motorboats.
Must we charter one week or is it possible 3 or 4 days?
- All dates are flexible just choose your dates and check availability.
Starting day is Saturday only?
- No starting day is flexible.
Do you provide bedding, pillows. sheets and blankets?
- Yes we provide sleeping bags, bedding, pillows. sheets and blankets
Do you provide kitchen utensils, kettle, frying pan, saucepan?
- Yes we provide all basic kitchen utensils dishes, knives, forks, kettle, frying pan, saucepan…
Do you provide towels
- Yes we provide a set of towels for shower and another set of towels to swim on the river (beach towels)
Is there a hot shower aboard?
- Yes there is a portable solar hot shower aboard (big black bag with water that stays in the sun…)
Is there a fridge aboard?
- There is a portable ice chest aboard to avoid the risk of depleting boat batteries we use frozen bottles (every night you can ask in the restaurants for more frozen bottles) when ice melts you have plenty of drinking water.
Can you tell us what sort of things we have to bring?
Do not forget large hat, sun shades, sun UV protector, swim suits, light shoes for boating, shoes for hill walking, euros cash (very few ATM near the water in the 2 upper lakes).
Is there a WC on board?
- Yes there is a closed WC inside the boat.
Do I need a lot of experience to sail the Douro Water Way?
- These are inland waters, the water way is composed by 5 connected lakes, locks are controlled by professionals, it is quite easy sailing so it is perfect for a first charter experience.
Would it be possible to sail single handed?
- Yes our boats are very easy to handle and are equipped for single handling.
What would we need to bring with us on the boat?
- The boat is equipped with kitchen (stove, pots, dishes…), ice box, sleeping bags, towels for 4 persons.
Is it possible to get to your base by train if we fly in to Porto?
- Yes from the airport you have the underground to Porto main railways station and from there a direct train our base.
Can you store a car and small caravan whilst we are on the boat?
- Yes we have a closed parking and a garage at our base (guarded 24h).
Is there any marinas we can stop at that also have facilities such as showers?
-There are plenty of free public piers and 4 Marinas (near the public piers you can find small hotels and restaurants all for a nice price)
How are the hotel prices?
- In small hotels one night for 2 persons costs around 45 €. (the hotels near the water in the upper lakes are small but very comfortable)
What are the prices on restaurants?
- A good generous meal in family run restaurants costs about 10 € per person.
It's homemade food so the quality is very good, these meals are one of the BEST memories you will get from Portugal.
Are there any convenience stores nearby where we can buy food?
- Yes in some places you can find stores near the water (in our base we can drive you to a large supermarket)
If you need any further assistance please contact us.
The boat will be delivered with full tanks and must be returned with full tanks. (We have a petrol station at our Marina)
Charter crew and boat will have free access to all services at our Marina: Pool, WC, Showers, Esplanade, Parking, etc...)
Skipper/day (optional) :125.00 €
At our base you can find free: Kayaks, bicycles, sailing dinghy's (laser and Optimist) and fishing boats.
The Costa Verde region
The Northern region has some of the most beautiful landscapes in Portugal. Amidst vineyards, orchards and rich historical heritage stand little hamlets and villages of granite and whitewashed houses. Lovely lagoons, Trout Rivers and steep mountain slopes create a panorama of unsurpassed beauty.
The Port vineyards cover approximately 250,000 hectares, of which 40,000 are under vine.They are planted along the steep, spectacular hills overlooking the River Douro and its tributaries. Generations of men and women have toiled tirelessly to build terraces into the rock face (an essential element for supporting the vines on these slopes) that have created an impressive landscape of unequaled beauty where hot summers are followed by warm autumns, wet winters and beautiful springs.
It is the region’s characteristic poor soil and uncompromising Mediterranean-like climate which produces one of the most sought after wines in the world, Port.
You can explore it on our boats and stop where ever you like, take tours by train along the valley, walk in the vineyards, visit farms and small towns or simply swim in the warm clear waters of the river.
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16 Oct 2014
"The perfect boat holiday in an amazing location"
This was our first boat hire holiday, infact it was Jacki's first proper boating experience.(apparently a day trip on my trawler doesn't count!) and what a fantastic holiday we had.Jose'… More
16 Jun 2014
"Amazing, relaxing, beautiful stay in one of Jose's chalets"
We arrived at the place on the incredibly beautiful Duoro River not knowing what to expect - but we were absolutely blown away by the beauty of where we would spend the next five nights. Jose was a wo… More
23 May 2014
"Unique way to see a beautiful part of Portugal"
We spent a fantastic week exploring the upper Douro Valley on two boat. Our party of 11 hired two boats with skippers. Jose Alberto was an excellent guide and host and is very knowledgable about the region. Our week involved beautiful scenery, hiking, eating at local restaurants and sampling excellent wine and port. The flexibility of staying at local hotels or sleeping on the boats worked well for us.
27 Aug 2013
"Will return and will have my boat license"
Our 20th anniversary trip almost went sour when we discovered at the last minute that we needed a boat operator license, but Alberto worked it out with us and I think we ended up with the PERFECT trip… More
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15 May 2013
"peaceful and relaxing holiday"
Hired a boat for 5 days in May. if solitude and scenery are what you are after then this holiday is perfect. The boat base in Ferradosa is just lovely and 3 hours train trip from Oporto. The boat had room enough for two persons, but would struggle to fit more apart from 2 small kids in. However perfect for what we wanted. The scenery is just stunning and going through the locks on the river was a surprising highlight.
Apart from stop in Pinhao, would recommend taking your own food as the restaurants on the river are not up to much - vegetarians beware in Portugal! However, would recommend the very friendly Veladouro restaurant - good food but fab wine.Also take the tourbus into the Quinta dos Caravalhas estate - really good way to spend an afternoon.
4 Oct 2012
"Maravillosa estancia , en un marco incomparable, muy recomendable"
En un paraje increible,paseos en barco, estan muy bien los barcos que tienen para recorer el Douro y sus riberas, llenas de encanto, embarcaderos libres y buenos restaurantes, donde degustar buenos platos y a buen precio y si te gusta el senderismo , hay buenas y variadas rutas.Alberto te orientara sobre como y donde. Ideal para practicar , si eres un poco novato en navegacion, necesitas el PER para poder levar estos barcos..
1 Oct 2012
I have just returned from a weeks holiday on board one of Jose's Macgregor 26' yacht and felt I had to give account of our experience.
I think the best way to do this is to give a moment by moment account of events.
We flew into Porto and got the train to Ferradosa. Very cheap and a very pleasant journey of about two and a half hours.
Jose meet us at the station and took us for a meal at the local village restaurant up in the hills.
The meal was very nice, and very good value for money.
On our return to the marina Jose suggested we stay in one of his Chalets until the morning when we could transfer to the boat in daylight.
The chalet was very nice and comfortable.
In the morning Jose came and took us back to the village to do some shopping in the supermarket.
We then transferred to the yacht and made our way east.
The scenery here is breathtakingly beautiful and the tranquillity bewitching.
We made our way to a berthing known locally as “fish soup bay” beside a railway bridge built by Eiffel.
Again a very beautiful spot, and only a short walk to a lovely restaurant where the lady proprietor laid on a superb evening meal with local wine for only 20 euros!!
Unfortunately in the late evening a recurrent medical condition decided to manifest itself and being short crewed I felt it would be better to head back to the marina and use the boat as a floating caravan.
On the way back we stopped for the evening at another berthing and had yet another excellent meal, and the following morning arrived back at Ferradosa.
I explained to Jose of my predicament and said that we were happy to use the yacht as a floating caravan, but Jose would hear nothing of this, and put use up in another of his excellent chalets, FREE OF CHARGE!
During the next few days my health deteriorated and I found myself in great pain, and was very grateful for the comforts of this lovely chalet.
Jose came back and took use to the supermarket, but not before taking us on a little side excursion trip to a local mountain top monastery with “out of this world” views to the east and west.
Alas all too soon the holiday was over and we made our way back to Porto to catch our flight back to the UK.
In summery what can I say about Jose's wonderful marina, and his excellent boats?
In short we are booking-up to go back again in May
10 Sep 2012
"Far from the madding crowd, perfect for a family holiday."
We had a lovely relaxing stay in the chalet overlooking the water. The children adored it. It was a perfect family holiday far from the madding crowd It was wonderful to wake up to the peace and quiet and the stunning views each morning. The chalet upstairs was comfortable. Our favourite past time was sitting watching the world go by on
the river. Hope to visit soon again. Ann, John and family. Ireland
4 Sep 2012
"Good boats , excellent hospitality and fabulous scenery."
We booked a boat, Macgregor 26, for 11 nights for cruising the Douro. Arrival by train from Oporto is easy and not expensive - around €70 return for the 4 of us. Jose arranged for us to take the boat equipped just with a motor downstream for 3 days ( almost to Regua) then return to base at Ferradosa and take the sailing boat ( also with motor ) upstream 70km to the Spanish border.
Ferradosa has no shops so Jose took us to the supermarket at the town on the hill.
Care was taken to make sure we had enough victuals for the trip as there are few opportunities to replenish food stocks - Pinhao being the best downstream and a small shop at Barco de Alva at the Spanish border.
There are just enough restaurants (tasty and good value) along the river to avoid the need to dine aboard but it is worth having a fall back plan if the day's objective is not reached. Found some good places to tie up to a jetty overnight - always very quiet and we were normally the only inhabited boat. A few open day boats, and some large cruise ships, use the river but hours could pass and we saw nothing but grapes gently ripening on the terraced vineyards above us.
Sailing east with a following wind for 2 days brought us to the Spanish border where we stayed for 2 nights swimming and trying out the cafes. Campsite at Foz de Sabor provides ablution facilities, café, beach and water based entertainment. The westerly wind continued so we had to motor most of the way back to base.
The effect of the high temperatures in the afternoon can easily be cured with a swim - the water is generally free from algae. Twitchers will enjoy the eagles - we saw 3 pairs at close range one day, we were in their company for several hours as we ghosted east upstream.
Obstacles include a lock in each direction, Jose will book these in advance so this gives some structure to the trip , but they need to be paid for at €10/lock retrospectively. The only bridge that cannot be negotiated with the mast up is at Ferradosa so Jose takes care of that operation. Don't forget to have some cash for the gasoline at the end of the trip and take your evidence of competence. Try to fit in an excursion to the Coa Museum to learn about the rock carvings dating back 30,000 years. We finished off the holiday with 3 nights in Oporto but that is another story..........
Thank you so much for your kind words...
Cheers to the little english pirates!!!
21 Aug 2012
we enjoyed the week on the river alberto was very nice and helpful
this may not be for everybody but experienced sailrs(river) would enjoy this it can be chalanging but overall really enjoyed it
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