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Our most recommended Foz do Douro Day Trips

Porto: City Highlights 3-Hour Guided Electric Bike Tour

1. Porto: City Highlights 3-Hour Guided Electric Bike Tour

Explore the ancient city of Porto with the convenience of an e-bike to climb the hills on this guided tour. The many old houses of the city of Proto seem to perch over the Douro River, huddled together from the quay to the sea. Discover the old palaces, the churches, the emblematic neighborhoods, the people, and all the picturesque corners that the city has to offer. Porto is Portugal's second-largest city with many highlights to explore. The historic core of the city was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. On your tour, see the Cordoaria Garden, the Clérgios Tower, Gomes Teixeira Square, the Lello Bookstore, Aliados Avenue, the Porto Cathedral, and the Dom Luís Bridge. 

Porto: Douro River Panoramic Tour by Boat

2. Porto: Douro River Panoramic Tour by Boat

Departing from the convenient meeting point in Douro Marina, you will being your trip sailing by the beautiful cityscape of Porto. Throughout the trip you will have the chance to see remarkable places such as Ponte da Arrábida, the old market (Alfandega), the Porto wine cellars, and the beautiful Ponte Luiz I. Turning back at Luiz I bridge, you will sail you until the entrance of the Douro River for a sea experience and a lovely view of Foz do Douro and the new cruise terminal. If you want you can also stop close to the Douro Ecological Reserve to enjoy the peace and quietness of this fantastic area. Alternatively, choose the sunset option to enjoy a magnificent boat tour combined with beautiful sunset views from the vantage point of the sea.

Porto: 3-Hour Electric Bike Tour

3. Porto: 3-Hour Electric Bike Tour

Experience an easy guided electric bike tour through the wonderful city of Porto - discovering its main sights and hidden gems in just a few hours. From the Douro Riverside to the natural City Park, choosing the e-bike will allow you to access hidden, quaint places that other modes of transport cannot reach. First, discover sites of interest in the Old Town and pedal along the bike paths of City Park. Along the way, see the former customs house of the Alfândega do Porto Congress Centre and admire the span of the Arrábida Bridge and the remains of São João da Foz castle. Then, cycle past the fine sand beach of Matosinhos, look for birdlife in Calém Garden and reach the magical fishing village of São Pedro da Afurada. Discover where the Port Wine Museum, Tram Museum and Museu Serralves (Contemporary Art Museum) are located. Next, visit the remains of São Francisco do Queijo (Cheese Castle). Finally, get back to nature in the Douro Estuary Natural Reserve and gaze in awe at the breakwater of Foz do Douro, before returning to the starting point where your tour concludes. Upgrade your tour to a private experience - ideal for families or groups of friends - by picking the relevant option upon checkout.

Porto City: Douro River Sailing Tour

4. Porto City: Douro River Sailing Tour

Experience Porto in a whole new way on this 2-hour private Douro River sailing tour. Cruises on the 31-foot classic motor boat depart from Douro Marina and end in the mouth of the Douro River. Take in the famous Ribeira and see the typical houses of Porto from the water. Enjoy spectacular views of Arrábida Bridge and Dom Luís I Bridge. Enjoy a complimentary glass of port wine or bottled water en route. The tour operator will provide a few rounds of alcoholic drinks, but the supply is limited. The aim is for an elegant, relaxing, peaceful and safe experience for all on board.

Porto: Downtown Electric Bike Tour

5. Porto: Downtown Electric Bike Tour

Feel like a local and explore Porto’s top highlights, its different neighborhoods, and hidden spots on a guided tour riding an electric bike. Ride in class and comfort on an electric bike which is perfect for discovering hillier parts of the city, such as Clérigos and the Palácio de Cristal gardens. See and feel Porto differently as you cruise along iconic streets like Aliados Avenue towards areas such as Ribeira, Duoro, and Gaia. Along the way, visit many famous sights like São Bento Station, with its breathtaking blue interior, and discover architecture marvels like Luis I bridge and Porto Cathedral.

Monte: 1 Hour Tuk-Tuk Private Tour with Traditional Toboggan

6. Monte: 1 Hour Tuk-Tuk Private Tour with Traditional Toboggan

Enjoy this adventurous tour of Monte Village and Funchal with an exhilarating toboggan ride at the end. Admire beautifully decorated streets and visit the Church of Our Lady of the Mount. Starting at the Old Town, see the “painted doors” throughout the streets of Santa Maria, where numerous doors were painted by different artists giving this street a unique glow. Also, admire the picturesque details of cobblestone floors and the façades of the old houses on Rue de Santa Maria. Next, continue towards Monte and visit the Church of Our Lady of the Mount. The structure that is visible today for all its visitors was completed back in 1818 and is one of the most sought sites by churchgoers and tourists in general. After visiting Monte, dare to ride some toboggans, more commonly known as “Carreiros do Monte." Toboggan riding was traditionally a means of transportation by locals who wanted to travel quickly from Monte´s village to Funchal. This adventurous and old-fashioned transportation appeared around the 1850s and is still in use today.

Porto: Guided Tuk-Tuk Tour by the Water

7. Porto: Guided Tuk-Tuk Tour by the Water

On this route you will be delighted by the right bank of the Douro River to the sea. Along the way, we will pass through some historical neighborhoods that border the river, from Miragaia, through Massarelos to Lordelo do Ouro. Then we will enter Foz do Douro, a locality that only in the 19th century became part of the Porto municipality. A bathing area by excellence, it was much sought after by the Porto aristocracy. Here we will find the beautiful Jardim do Passeio Alegre and the oldest district of the western part of the city, Foz Velha. Be dazzled by the narrow streets of this neighborhood and with a São João Baptista church on top of it. There will still be time to stroll along the Atlantic, Brazil and Montevideo avenues until you reach the Gonçalves Zarco Square (rotunda do Castelo do Queijo). Here we can see Matosinhos Beach in the distance, famous for surfing, in fact, it is known as one of the best beaches in the north of Portugal for beginners. We go over the viaduct, above Parque da Cidade until Praça Cidade do S. Salvador (rotunda da Anémona), we continue and make our way to the beach. On the way back there will still be time to stop at a special viewpoint, and have a beautiful panoramic view of the Douro River estuary, with the natural reserve and the left bank.

Porto: Private Sail on Douro River

8. Porto: Private Sail on Douro River

Experience Porto in a whole new way on this 2-hour private sailing trip aboard the Argonauta, a 31-foot, charming and classic motor boat, built by the reputed Swedish boatyard Hallberg-Rassy. The noise of Porto will be quickly forgotten as you sail out onto the Douro River with the sea breeze in your hair. Sailing through Porto allows you to take in the famous Ribeira and view the typical Porto houses as they were meant to be seen, from the water. Plus, you'll enjoy spectacular views of Arrábida Bridge and Dom Luís I bridge. The tour departs from Douro Marina and ends in the mouth of the Douro River. Enjoy a complimentary glass of port wine or water as you sail along and marvel at the incredible views. 

Porto: Guided Sailing Experience in Douro River

9. Porto: Guided Sailing Experience in Douro River

Departing from the convenient meeting point in Douro Marina, you'll have a pure sailing experience on a race boat while you can watch the magnificent views over Porto and Gaia river areas. Experience the unique feeling of using only the wind to move the boat and the adrenaline of moving on the water.   You can trim the sails, drive the boat, and take care of the functions on board or you can just relax and let the skipper do everything. Depending on the wind conditions, you can have a more extreme experience or you can ask the skipper to slow down and take things more smoothly.

From Porto: Douro River Private Sailboat Cruise

10. From Porto: Douro River Private Sailboat Cruise

In this exclusive private tour for two, you'll meet the staff at Douro Marina who will welcome you aboard and tell you a little bit about the boat and the tour itself. After setting sail, enjoy the amazing views of the Douro River, passing by the incredible Ponte da Arrabida, an emblematic bridge of the city of Porto. During your tour enjoy a tasting of Port wine along with a delicious platter.

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What people are saying about Foz do Douro

While maneuvering around the many tourists and tiny streets can be difficult, the assistance from the electric motor makes peddling around the entire city quite enjoyable. Teresa our tour guide was great when it came to providing information on the many stops we had and then some. The pit stop for a coffee was an added bonus I did not know about which made the tour even better. I would recommend this to all people who hope to see a lot of the big sites in a short period of time...assuming you know how to ride a bike to some degree.

Great trip and totally worth it! Andrea is friendly, welcoming and super knowledgeable, I felt like I got to know loads in a very short time. She is also very generous with her time, and I didn't feel rushed at all. The toboggan was super fun as well!

A relaxing experience on a lovely yacht, and the chilled port is the icing on the cake!

Terese was excellent. Very knowledgeable and happy to answer questions with a smile

Very relaxed pace, knowledgeble guide and a great way to see Porto