“Excellent accommodation, good position, welcoming landlord” We enjoyed our stay, the flat was surprisingly spacious and views good. It was easy to walk into central Porto. Our landlord was very helpful and gave us good advise
“Great location in Porto” Wonderful flat located in great part of Porto (near good cafes/restaurants/shops). Flat very clean and comfortable with all requirements for short (or long) stay. Owner (Carlos) very helpful in providing local knowledge.
“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..........
As Portugal's second-largest city, it's no surprise that there's a huge range of things to see and do here. You'll find something to entertain everyone when you book a holiday rental in Porto, from the beaches, to the vineyards, to the historical buildings in the city centre!
About Porto, Portugal
Situated in the north of Portugal, this delightful city has a curious mix of architectures from medieval times right up to modern designs.
Porto is also home to port wines, which are exclusively produced here. It's a bustling city with a great range of things to experience, and a variety of landscapes. With pretty beaches, vineyard valleys, riverside greenery, or typical busy city streets, you can see a new side of Porto every day!
What to Do
Spend a day at the beach at Praia da Luz, and enjoy sunbathing or splashing in the surf.
Be sure to check out the She Changes (The Anemone) sculpture near the beaches. This amazing installation moves and glows!
Top Porto, Portugal Travel Tips
For an amazingly varied city break, be sure to book your next holiday rental in Porto, Portugal.
Top Destination reviews
Lovely Flat in the Centre of Porto
Lovely apartment in Porto
This lovely apartment is beautiful, light and sunny. The layout is well thought out and finished to a high standard. It is clean and tidy and smelled beautiful. There is an enclosed terrace which overlooked the rear of other apartments and the back gardens. However we didn't see anyone and it was very quiet
Laura was fantastic from the outset. She responded to my email enquiries promptly and she was extremely helpful providing information to help
Us plan our holiday
Upon arrival Laura was there to greet us. We were blown away by her generosity and kindness. she had left organic fruit and vegetables from her own garden for us to use, and a bottle of port for us to try. She explained how everything worked, how to find the supermarkets and she answered all our questions.
The apartment is in a quiet residential part of Porto, 5 mins walk from the tourist shopping area and national theatre. There is a metro stop nearby but we never used this. It is worth noting that the port is at the bottom of a hill. We could not face the uphill walk after our meal so caught a taxi €7.
All in all we had a fantastic holiday and would love to return to Porto again. I would not hesitate to recommend Laura's lovely apartment …
PORTO DOURO CANAL BOAT HIRE - DOUROVOU LTD
Informal unique boating experience on a lovely river
Jose is a wonderful host and helper, dedicated to clients having a great time. Flexibility on the trip and visits to vineyards. Anyone undertaking this holiday should do appropriate research on the area and the river, in order to make the best of it.
Try to do the longer trip to Spain and the trip down to Pinhao is a must. …
Santo Antonio Quinta
Stylish, cozy and very authentic stay
It is very big, Portuguese authentic property, that locates in a quite, upper location in a country side. Huge swimming pool, amazing yard and unique decorated house make this property really great one for stay. We are also thankful to the owners for their detailed recommendations on local food delicious places and site seen routes. …
Porto.arte downtown apartments - 2pax
This apartment is very nice, consisting a garden. Everything worked excellent. Host couple was very kind and helpful. Highly recommend! …
Porto Beach 2 Apartment
Lovely apartment in Foz Do Duoro, Porto
Lovely refurbished apartment with all mod cons and a balcony to enjoy the evening sun. Easy access to the beach and also Porto by local bus. Great beachside restaurants nearby. Very helpful owners Alvaro and Silvia. Would highly recommend. …
Liiiving in Porto | Oporto Garden Pool House
Beautiful setting,relaxing holiday.
Beach and restaurants within easy walk.Lovely large pool surrounded by beautiful private garden.Poolhouse was perfect for our stay.Porto city was only a short bus ride away.Would be more than happy to stay again.The owners dogs were very friendly and we enjoyed their company. …