Is Douro Valley worth visiting?
Whether you go for just a day or choose to spend a few days in the Douro Valley, it’s well worth visiting the vineyards from where port originates. The vine-threaded countryside also makes a nice contrast to the fast-paced city.
When should I go to Douro Valley?
April and May are, without a doubt, the best months for visiting the Douro valley: the weather is not too warm yet and you have all the beauty and colours of spring working together to help you have a memorable experience. Some great activities include hikes, boat trips and, of course, visiting local wineries.
Where is Douro Valley in Portugal?
The stunning Douro River region spans northern Portugal, from Spain to the Atlantic cities of Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia. It is the main water thoroughfare by which traditional Rabelo boats used to transport fortified Port wine downriver to be stored, matured, and sold.
How do I get from Lisbon to Porto?
The best way to get from Porto to Lisbon is to train which takes 2h 53m and costs €23 – €35. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €14 – €18 and takes 3h 30m, you could also fly, which costs €24 – €120 and takes 2h 40m.
Do you need a car in the Douro Valley?
There are a few ways to visit Douro Valley wineries without a car. If you are looking for a self-guided tour, you can take a train from Porto to the Douro Valley and visit several wineries, stop for lunch or a drink with a breathtaking view, or even stay a night.
Is Porto cheaper than Lisbon?
Porto: If the one-way metro ticket prices didn’t tip you off, Porto is generally cheaper than Lisbon — except for flight costs. Lodging, activities, transportation, food, and drink all cost less here than in Lisbon, though growing tourism to Porto may cause an increase in sticker prices.
How many days do you need in Porto?
A full two days in Porto is enough time to hit plenty of highlights without feeling too rushed. However, having a third (or fourth) day will make for a more relaxing visit.
How many days do you need in Douro Valley?
How much time do you need to spend in the Douro Valley? We recommend a minimum of two days to have a relaxing experience because there is a lot of driving. Ideally more if you can afford it since the region is pretty big and there are many places you can go (estates, BnBs, restaurants, view points).