Foz do Douro Family-friendly activities

Our most recommended Foz do Douro Family-friendly activities

Porto: River Douro 6 Bridges Cruise

1. Porto: River Douro 6 Bridges Cruise

Enjoy a traditional “6 Bridges Cruise” along the River Douro and follow in the footsteps of the old wine merchants that transported wine from the valley to the wine cellars. Board the boat at Ribeira Quay and sail along the sparkling Douro river. Admire the beautiful landscapes and red-roofed buildings of the towns of Ribeira and Vila Nova de Gaia from the water. Let the old-fashioned charm of the Rabelo Boat (old wine transport ship) transport you back in time. Listen as your guide tells you about the historic bridges that connect Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia, as your boat glides under them. Learn more about their construction and curiosities, and upon arrival at the last bridge, see the sandy beaches of the seafront area Foz do Douro where the river pours into the ocean.

Porto: 48-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket

2. Porto: 48-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket

Explore Porto over 48 hours, with one convenient hop-on, hop-off ticket. See the city's bridges, architecture, culture, and great nightlife. Easily reach the historical center of town and visit popular spots like the Torre dos Clérigos, Fundação Serralves, the Casa da Música, and more. Simply jump on board the yellow buses with your 48-hour ticket. The bus ticket includes the Historical Porto Tour and the Porto Castle Tour. Don't forget to taste the famous Port wine. Your ticket gives you access to Quinta da Boeira and Caves Poças Junior wine cellars.  Head out to the Foz do Douro or Matosinhos beaches and the Gaia Riverside area, or visit the Tramcar Museum. With this hop-on, hop-off ticket, you'll be able to access the many fascinating destinations of Porto. Porto Castles Tour• Cathedral/S. Bento Station• Sé Catedral/Cathedral• Praça da Batalha• Praça da República• Casa da Música/Rot. Da Boavista• Av. Boavista Hotéis• Fundação de Serralves• Castelo do Queijo/Sea Life Porto• Anémona• Matosinhos Restaurants• Tourism Office/Cruises Terminal• Matosinhos Beaches• Anémona• Passeio Alegre• Fluvial• Tramcar Museum• Ribeira/River Cruise/Palácio Bolsa/Cálem Wine Cellars Historical Porto Tour• Cathedral/S. Bento Station• Sé Catedral/Cathedral• Praça da Batalha• Alfândega• Cordoaria/Clérigos• Carmo Church• Ribeira/River Cruise/Palácio Bolsa/Cálem Wine Cellars• Gaia Quay Caves Cálem• Porto viewpoint/Yeatman/Cálem Wine Cellars• Largo dos Aviadores• El Corte Inglês• City Hall• Jardim do Morro• Praça da Batalha

Porto: Serralves Foundation Entry Ticket

3. Porto: Serralves Foundation Entry Ticket

Explore Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art and its grounds with your entry ticket. See why the entire landscape and architectural heritage were classified as a National Monument in 2012.  Enjoy different parts of the museum, which consists of the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Casa do Cinema Manoel de Oliveira (both designed by the architect Álvaro Siza), Serralves Villa (a unique example of Art Deco architecture), and the 18-hectare Serralves Park, which was recently complemented by the pioneering Treetop Walk: an elevated walkway close to the treetops. Visit the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, which was designed by Álvaro Siza Vieira, a Pritzker Prize winner. The Museum of Contemporary Art presents exhibitions by leading Portuguese and foreign artists, concerts, dance shows, and performances, among other activities. Enjoy the 18-hectare Serralves Park, designed by Jacques Gréber, is a unique example of Portugal's landscape heritage. It consists of a wide range of spaces: formal gardens, woods, a traditional farm and the Treetop Walk. Try something different with the Treetop Walk — designed by the architects Álvaro Siza Vieira and Carlos Castanheira — an elevated walkway in the treetops, which enables impressive observation and study of the biodiversity of Serralves Park. Experience the Manoel de Oliveira House of Cinema, designed by Álvaro Siza Vieira, which shows off the work of Portugal's most-famed director with exhibitions, film series, and conferences. The Serralves Villa is a unique example of Art Deco architecture with leading European furniture designers such as Émile Jacques Ruhlmann, René Lalique, and Edgar Brandt contributing to the interior of Serralves Villa.

Porto: Private Charming Sailboat Tour on the Douro River

4. Porto: Private Charming Sailboat Tour on the Douro River

Embark on a private sailboat tour along the riverside of Porto and Gaia. Pass some of the most appreciated attractions in the cities of Porto and Gaia, such as the Dom Luis Bridge, Crystal Palace Gardens, Porto Cathedral, and Clérigos Tower. Starting at the Douro Marina, meet your certified crew and savor a sparkling or Porto wine as a welcome drink before sailing calmly between the Dom Luis Bridge and the mouth of the Douro River. Simply sit back, relax, and listen to music while admiring the sights from the water.

Porto: Accessible Sailing Tour

5. Porto: Accessible Sailing Tour

Enjoy the opportunity of participating in sailing maneuvers and steering Inca, a catamaran specially designed for people with special needs. A one-of-its-kind boat, this catamaran is fast, fun and perfect for sightseeing with plenty of room to have you and your guests on board. During your picturesque sail, you'll see the magnificent landscapes of Vila Nova de Gaia and Porto from the water. Depending on the sea conditions, you’ll be taken towards the open water to enjoy the pleasure of sailing and experience the sense of freedom that can only be delivered by the ocean.

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What people are saying about Foz do Douro

Simple 50-55 min tour of the river. Keep in mind you have to exchange your booking with one of the tour operators they mentioned for whatever time you want before you can board the boat. (They all speak great English.) The one I went on had an automated voice in Portuguese, English, French, and Spanish explaining the bridges we were seeing. It was very cold (I took the first boat, the 10am in mid October) so make sure you bundle up. Boats are available every 30 min.

outstanding! I highly recommend to take this on your first or second day to get acclimated to this beautiful city!!

It’s a beautiful experience and I highly recommend. It’s a great way to see Porto from a different perspective.

We enjoyed the ride and multi-language narration was great with provided ear buds

I loved this excursion, to admire the city while being on the water.