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Douro River & Beyond

In Portugal’s luscious and rural north lies the ancient Douro Valley, carved over millennia by the stunning Douro River. One of Europe’s most important waterways, this river has fed a landscape of medieval villages, ancient farmsteads and expansive vineyards. The epicurean delights of the Douro region abound with delightfully fresh produce creating all manner of delicious dishes, and of course no visit is complete without indulging in some local wines. Join a river cruise and let the experts steer you through these culinary delights as well as historic cities like Spain’s Salamanca and Portugal’s coastal city of Porto. Visit the picturesque ruins of Castelo Rodrigo and the winery, chapel and manor of the Mateus Palace.

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  • T Ship MS Douro Serenity (External artist impression)

  • External view of MS Douro Serenity

  • Sierra Marofa viewpoint, Castelo Rodrigo, Portugal

  • Saucelle Dam on the Spain-Portugal border

  • San Esteban de Gorman village by the Douro River in Spain

  • River view in the Douro Valley near the village of Tua, Portugal

  • Porto panorama at night

Average temperature

Information below is based on average highest temperature for each month.

  • 14℃
  • 15℃
  • 17℃
  • 18℃
  • 20℃
  • 23℃
  • 25℃
  • 25℃
  • 24℃
  • 21℃
  • 17℃
  • 14℃
  • 15
  • 12
  • 12
  • 15
  • 15
  • 8
  • 7
  • 7
  • 10
  • 15
  • 15
  • 17

Information above is based on the average number of days which experience some form of rainfall for each month.

Rainfall

When to Visit

Below gives you information and a rating of the best time of year to visit.

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