Don’t forget to go on a fantastic boat trip up the Douro river, you’ll be fascinated by the magnificent view. This area is certified by the UNESCO. Take a cruise upriver – the cost is about 10€ and takes about 50 minutes, or you may also choose a day-long cruise for a higher price. Go at least as far as Pinhão – the landscape is absolutely stunning. If you choose to do this in the summer, don’t forget your factor 50 sun screen! Look for cruises picking up on the Vila Nova de Gaia side (the same as where the port caves are located), as some of them may offer discounts for cave tours or port purchases.
Many companies offer cruises on the Douro River. Barcadouro, Douro Acima and Douro Azul all offer 50-minute guided cruises focusing on the bridges between Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia – as well as one- and two-day cruises into the Douro Valley.