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Excellent 5/5 10 reviews

Yacht | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 5

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed

Dourovou is a small company that charter yacht on the Douro river water way in Portugal.

The company owns a small Marina where we also have bungalow (T1) to rent.

Our boat is 28ft Motor Sail Yacht. IMEXUS 28 ( or Macgregor 26M )

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.

Along the river there are free public piers with charming little family-run restaurants nearby where you can have superb meals, At some piers there are also small hotels and shops. All prices are very good.

As these are inland waters it's perfect for a first charter experience.

You can explore the valley with our boats and stop were 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.

The climate is pleasant at any time of year. But best time is from April to October.

Give it a go. It's great fun, great value for money and thoroughly enjoyable!

Size Sleeps up to 5, 1 bedrooms
Nearest beach Ferradosa
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 Boat available, Sea view
Utilities Cooker, Fridge
Rooms 1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, Solarium or roof terrace
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Double beds (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private fishing lake or river
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors


Boat kind: sailing yacht / sailboat

Model: MAC 26X

Length: 8 m (26.2 feet)

Beam / draft: 2.50 m / 1.20-1.40 m

Year of built: 2011

Persons: 6

Persons/night: 4

Cabins / berths: 1 / 4

Engine: Honda ei

Propulsion: out-boarder

Engine power: 50 hp (37 kW)

Steering: steering wheel

Hull material: GRP/polyester

Weight: 2,000 kg

Fuel tank: 50 ltr

Water tank: 150 ltr

Holding tank: 100 ltr

Inside showers: 1

WC number: 1

Navigation: GPS + plotter, fish finder, binoculars, navigation tools, compass, speed log, echo sounder, barometer, harbor handbooks, sea charts

Technical equipment: Self-bailer, bilge pump electric, bilge pump manual, inverter, electricity 220Va.12V, shore supply 220V, pressurized water system, battery charger, main circuit breaker, position lights, trim tabs, electro/hydraulic, searchlight, solar plant, anchor w. chain, spare anchor, tool kit, gas detector

Deck equipment: Bimini top, pulpit, deck shower, fenders, dinghy

Interior equipment: gas stove, cool-box, sink, dishwasher, cockpit table, sun-cushion

Entertainment instruments: CD

Safety: life raft, life jackets, life ring, dan buoy, emergency tiller, fog horn, radar reflector, flags, handhold searchlight, emergency flash light, first-aid kit, pocket lamp

Sails: one mast, mainsail, roller-furling genoa, lazy jacks, lazy bag

Includes also : towels, dishes, coffee maker, bedclothes

Further details outdoors


- Pier with 32m for boats up to 8m (2.5t)

- Water and electricity on the pier

- Fuel

- Picnic and barbecue area

- Swimming pool

- Esplanade

- Toilets with hot shower

- Bar

- Restaurant

- Bungalows (T1 - 4 persons)

- Apartment (T1+1 - 4 persons)

- Kitchen

- Laundry

- Guests room

- Boats Warehouse

Along the river there are plenty of free public piers with nice small restaurants, hotels and shops nearby

Further details

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.


Skype: jba.alberto


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.

Porto, Portugal

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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Review 1-10 of 10

23 Jul 2014



Prachtige rivier,hele mooie natuur, nog totaal niet toeristisch, leuke restaurantjes met gastvrije ¨ locals¨.Volledig uitgeruste in perfecte staat verkerende Bavaria 28 met vooraf een uitgebreide g… More

23 Jun 2014


"Do you wont to know paradise?"

During four days we made the connection back and forth between Ferradosa and Barca de Alva. The weather was good, not too hot with a favorable wind and a fantastic clouds in the sky.Always slept on th… More

11 Oct 2012


"Sailing on the Duruo to Spain"

This year as a family of 4 we decided to charter a yacht and sail on the River Duruo from Ferradosa to Barca D' Alva and back over 5 days in mid August. We used 'Jose' and the Ferradosa… More

21 Aug 2012


"different sailing holiday"

good holiday with great scenery good for very avid sailers sailing up and down river
would like to do again from port to adriatic really enjoyed and was welcomed by alberto who did his best for every one thank you

7 Jul 2012


"Adventure and tranquility"

If you like adventure and something more rural and 'off the beaten track', I would highly recommend a holiday with Dourovou. We chose the yacht charter for 6 nights (11th June 2012). The journey to the destination/ yacht pick up (near Ferradosa train station), is a metro trip from airport to train station (45 minutes), followed by a train ride (2 and a half hours) to Ferradosa train station - the train journey is very, very cheap and amazing in itself winding its way round the Douro.

On arrival we were looked after by Jose; had a comfortable night in one of his chalets, meal and lift to the supermarket to pick up supplies for week ahead, then shown how to use the boat and we were away. Jose also gave us a itinerary which we found useful to follow and made sure we had lock times etc.

There are many places to moor, a fair few restaurants although take enough food to have evening meals and lunches. The walk on the old railway line in Barca d'Alva is amazing. The restaurants are very cheap - less than 20 Euros for 2 people with 2 courses, bread and lots of wine.

The best thing about this holiday was the tranquillity, the culture and beautiful scenery… and of course it was good fun being on a boat all week!

31 May 2012


"Sailing Douro river"

Charting a 26 MacGregor for a week or more is the best way to visit Douro river by your own .
The boats are easy to sail and very confortable .
Mr. Alberto gave us a river map and sujested places for having excelent meals at nice and cheap restaurants and also to stay at night .
The landscape is overwhelming .
It was a diferent week vacation and unforgetable for life .
I pretend to return in some September to see the mountains red colored .

Hi Joao

Great Pics!!!


27 Apr 2012


"Fablous river cruise, relaxing and exciting!"

We will never forget our Duoro trip. No sailing as the wind was too light, so we just cruised upstream and back in ease. Incredible locks and some amazing scenery made it a very special journey, with … More

Hi Bjorn
It was a real pleasure to show you Douro Valey...

26 Apr 2012


"Wonderful journey through the Douro River"

The universe that surrounds the river Douro is a fascinating wild beauty: its people, its vineyards, villages, restaurants are a surprising authenticity in these times of locations exploited by touris… More

Thank you Cesar.
Your second booking is confirmed for July.

26 Apr 2012


"Magnificent Douro River, Portugals best kept secret!"

Picked up our Macgregor 26 at Ferradosa and after some expert tuition on the boats systems from Jose the owner of Dourovu Holiday Rentals- and with his parting gift of 2 bottles of Port stowed safetly… More

Hi Duncan
It was a real pleasure to show you Douro
Thank you for your comment

27 Jan 2012


"fabulous, relaxing holiday in spectacular scenery"

We've just spent a wonderful week sailing a chartered yacht on the River Douro. The yacht is a 26' MacGregor, easy to handle but still big enough to have a roomy V berth, which allowed us to… More

Thank you so much... For your nice comments, advises and support.

Review 1-10 of 10

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