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The Wonderful Douro Valley


Our villas in the Douro valley provide a wonderful base for you to explore this stunning region of Portugal. All of our Douro Villas are located in the area known as the  ‘vinhateiro’ (winegrowing).

This area has long been devoted to vineyards and is  designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Traditionally, the wine was taken downriver in flat-bottom boats called ‘Rabelos’, and subsequently stored in barrels in cellars near the mouth of the River Douro facing across river from the city of  Porto.  The journey down river was perilous with rapids and rocks to content with, many lives were lost over the years.

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Rabelo Boats with Port Wine Sailing Down River

Finally in the 60’s and 70’s, large dams with locks were built along the river, allowing boats  to travel safely from deep in the border regions of Spain down to the mouth of the Atlantic Ocean on Porto. So nowadays the Port wine is transported by less ‘romantic’ but much safer modes of transport – large trucks!

However the legacy of the ‘Rabelos’ lives on as they have been preserved by many to offer visitors the opportunity to explore the length of the Douro.

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Our Private Boat for Your Douro River Tour

We are therefore delighted to offer private boat trips with the option of a delicious lunch on board (no matter the weather) – send us an email to get more details or ping us on our Facebook  or Instagram page.

Stylish New Holiday ‘Penthouse’

A luxury private ‘Penthouse’ apartment in an upmarket private condominium – easy walking distance to the beach, cafes, restaurants, shops etc.

Only 25 minutes drive from Porto International Airport.

Lots to do in the area including watersports, very long safe cycle paths along the sea front, horse riding, golf, fishing etc. Well appointed and with a roof terrace with views across to the sea.

Majestic Manor House near Porto

An exclusive large private estate made available to the public for holidays with family and friends and also available for small events including weddings.

This wonderful example of Portuguese ‘Manor House’ has many charming features and is a perfect place to have a private tranquil holiday with family and friends, but still be in easy reach of many things to do, to see and to visit,
• The wonderful beaches of Maceda and Torreira on the ‘Costa Nova’ are 20-30 minutes
• The wonderful city of Porto is only 30 minutes
• Various walking trails, waterfalls and vista points are all 25-30 minutes
• The ‘Venice of the North’ City of Coastal Town of Aveiro is 35 minutes
• The Natural Dunes Reserve (great for bird spotting) is only 30 minutes