How many holidays do you take a train down one of the most beautiful railway lines in Europe (Douro valley line from Porto Campanha to Ferradosa) to be greeted by your host in a speedboat!
We arrived in Ferradosa, Jose met us at the station and took us to his complex. The chalets are comfortable and acceptable for two couples (one double bed in the living area). They are air conditioned and have their private sitting area with lots of shade and plenty of hammocks. The views are fantastic.
We had access to the swimming pool, kayaks and table tennis. Plenty to explore nearby. We stayed two nights (one at the beginning and one at the end of our boat charter). Jose was very helpful driving me to the local supermarket and showing me the local sites.
We ate in the nearby restaurant (5 mins walk) the food was excellent, service was friendly and courteous, good value too.
It was a great place to stay relaxed calm and friendly. …
Casa Vila Marim
Lovely villa in a quiet location in the Douro Valley
Lovely appointed villa in the Douro Valley, well equipped kitchen, large dining table, breakfast bar and outdoor furniture which gives a lot of options for meals.
A balcony from the lounge enables you to appreciate the beautiful views across the valley. Two good size double bedrooms, one smaller room (children) which has a bunk bed, this room has no wardrobe but drawers. As stated in other review, the owner had left personal belongings in drawers and wardrobes.
We had taken our our car (7 seater will full load and roof box) there is an acute angle getting off and on the drive outside the garage which probably would be fine with a smaller car, but we had difficulty. Driving through and up to the villa is interesting and not for the faint hearted, but worth it because of the views.
The area is truly beautiful with stunning views, we drove through most days which took 40 minutes to get on to the main motorway, however, restaurants we found to be lacking and mainly cooked at the villa. Most of the eateries tended to be cafes/snack bars, even down near the river which is more tourist orientated.
The river cruises on the Douro are worth doing, we took one for an hour and it was a gorgeous sunny early evening, very reasonably priced too.
Porto is a must, drive around 1 hour 15 minutes, this is where the nearest coast/beach is, we preferred Madalene beach which is south Porto, much quieter. We had underestimated how far the journey was to the coast and it was a 3 hour round trip, if you purely wish to stay in the valley and visit the coast occasionally it is fine, otherwise it becomes tiresome.
There is no wifi at the property (depends if this is an issue or not for the individual) however, coverage is very poor in the area generally even in Porto, had to connect via beach hotspot or in a cafe! …