Water activity

Porto: River Douro Cruise with a Fisherman

4.9 / 5

81 reviews

Activity provider: DouroBoatman
Water activity

Porto: River Douro Cruise with a Fisherman

Activity provider: DouroBoatman
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From US$ 163.01 per group up to 4

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Discover the River Douro with a fisherman. Sail calmly downstream in a 6-meter vessel, inspired by fishing boats and specially built for getting a closer look at the local fishing culture.

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Duration 2 hours
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Portuguese, English, Spanish
Private group


  • Discover the city from the unique perspective of a local fisherman
  • Feel the love of fishermen for the river on a relaxing cruise
  • Learn more about the art of fishing in the Douro and the type of fish they fish
  • Capture the charming and spontaneous moments of everyday life
Full description
Be greeted at Marina do Freixo with a welcome drink or port or sparkling wine together with some local aromatic almonds. Set sail at a leisurely pace to discover Porto and the River Douro through the eyes of a fisherman. See the Palacio de Freixo, just next to the marina. Continue downstream to where you will see the 6 bridges that connect Porto to Gaia. The first metal bridge that you will see is the one designed by Gustav Eiffel, Maria Pia Bridge, followed by Infante Bridge, and the landmark of the city, Dom Luis I Bridge, designed by Teofille Sierig. Admire another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Ribeira and Gaia riverside, where the port wine cellars are located. Further downstream, see the picturesque fishing village, São Pedro da Afurada, the nature reserve of Cabedelo, and the very charming Foz Velha. Continue on your route towards the Atlantic Ocean. Keep your eyes peeled for local fisherman on their way to the ocean, to start or finish their working day. Reach the highlight of the cruise at the river mouth, Foz, at sunset. Don't miss the chance to watch some fisherman fishing next to the river mouth. Choose to have a private trip with your very own boat and dedicated skipper. Enjoy the intimate and comfortable atmosphere with just you and your group.
  • Skipper
  • Glass of port or sparkling wine
  • Aromatic almonds
  • Fees
  • Taxes
  • Insurance
  • Fuel

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    Meeting point

    Your hosts will wait for you 15 minutes before the trip time at the boarding gates, in front of the restaurant located at Marina do Freixo.

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    4.9 /5

    based on 81 reviews

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    Such a great experience! Was a unique way to learn about the city while enjoying a very relaxing afternoon. A welcoming combination of local and introductory sightseeing to the city, with the captain giving lots of good tips on spots and places to see. Was our first time in Porto, the captain provided answers to all our questions and went above and beyond to ensure we have the best time. Was easy to find, the captain communicated well in advance so we were prepared. Again, I highly recommend, it was awesome!

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    September 19, 2022

    Our trip down the Douro with Paulo was so special to us! It was the first activity we did when we landed in Porto and we were made to feel right at home and it was the perfect way to kick off our stay. He is a local, born and raised in Porto, and you can see the love he has for this city. He gave us great recommendations and was so friendly. We definitely recommend!

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    July 9, 2022

    Daniel is a wonderful host! He made us so comfortable in both the boat and experience. He shared his extensive knowledge of the River, and Porto. The former developed from his years as a fisherman. The tour was very relaxing and the perfect way to end the day. I would highly recommend that you take the tour during your first day in Porto. You will leave the marina with a wealth of information for your visit.

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    July 6, 2022

    Product ID: 390791