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10 Things to Do in the Douro Valley

18 Jan, 2023

Discover the top 10 things to do in the Douro Valley.

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Douro Valley has been one of our most popular destinations year after year and it is not difficult to see why! Incredible views of terraced vineyards, wine tastings galore, an incredible food culture and a wealth of colours and history that is inspiring! Inspired by our travellers, we have put together the 10 things to do in the Douro Valley. Don’t wait too long! Book Douro Valley for 2023 by emailing us on


1. Go Wine Tasting in the Vineyards


The terraced vineyards of the Douro are some of the most breathtaking in the world! The easiest way to see them, visit the most famous wine estates and taste delicious Port wines is to book wine tour from Porto so you can let someone else do the driving.

2. Visit the World of Wine! 

Yes, that’s right, there is a World of Wine awaiting you in Porto. An incredible cultural district, combining museums, restaurants and experiences located in the heart of Villa Nova de Gaia. Explore the museums, feast on delicious food or even just enjoy a chilled glass of wine with one of the best views in Porto (their stunning terraces overloo the Douro River and the Old Town on the opposite bank. And for those of you who enjoying the celebration of all things Barbie-pink or you simply love rosé wine – we can’t recommend the ‘Pink Palace’ experience enough! A fun and flamboyant experience, get ready to be immersed in the world of rosé wine. Taste 5 wines, have fun, and take some great Instaworthy photos!

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3. Stomp some Grapes!

The tradition of grape stomping at harvest is alive and well in the Douro, land of port wines. If you’re there in September time, you’ll find several wineries who allow visitors to join in. You could even make a trip of it with a private group tour with friends.

4. Do a private Wine and Food Tour of Porto from Porto

The best way to understand the culture of a country is to dive deep into its food and wine heritage. In Portugal, you will find hundreds of little-known grape varieties that grow nowhere else in the world. Explore the heart of Porto’s city centre with a professional sommelier who will show you the beauty of the city and the secrets of its food and wines.

5. Participate in a Private Cooking Class with Lunch from Porto

Join this exclusive cooking class within the home of a local family in Porto for a fantastic experience discovering Portugal’s phenomenal cuisine! On this very special day, you will meet your expert Chef at Porto’s fresh produce market and receive a private tour along with a history of Portuguese food culture.


6. Visit the Splendid Mateus Palace

10 Things to Do in the Douro Valley

Located in the parish of Mateus, this 18thcentury castle is worth a look for its stunning gardens alone. Book this private wine tasting tour for a visit to this amazing palace, followed by visits to two wineries and wine tastings of award-winning wines.

7. Climb the Santuário de Nossa Senhora dos Remédios

10 Things to Do in the Douro Valley

If Casa de Mateus has given you a taste for architecture, pay a visit to the sanctuary of ‘Our Lady of Remedies’ in Lamego with this full-day wine tour. Situated on top of a hill, this beautiful Baroque chapel has 600 steps, with picturesque statues and fountains on the various levels.

8. Watch the Sunrise on an Air-Balloon Flight

This Douro Valley air balloon and wine tour will guide you between the vines and the sky. You will fly on the first rays that begin to accentuate the scars of the hillsides and Douro cliffs, bathing, little by little, light and warm to the landscape, and finish in a wine farm with a vintage port opened with a feather.


9. Take a Wine Tour From Porto, With Cruise & Lunch

10 Things to Do in the Douro Valley

And throw in a lovely wine tasting and lunch, naturally. And if you’ve had enough heavy red wine, you could take a relaxing cruise along the Douro River and observe the imposing natural views and the gorgeous vineyards.

10. Enjoy a River Cruise on the Douro River

Discover the beautiful Douro Valley landscapes with this full-day river cruise up the beautiful River Douro to Régua, and taste the best Port wines at a wine estate in Régua. You will undoubtedly be amazed at the green shores of this river featuring the well-known Douro vineyards.

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