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“Fantastic boating holiday”

Douro Fluvina Yachts
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Owner description: Douro Fluvina is a small company that charter yachts on the Douro river water way in Portugal.The company owns a small Marina with all facilities. Our boats are 28ft Motor Sail Yacht. The Douro water way starts on the Atlantic coast at Porto, and comprises five connected lakes that extend for 200 km to the border with Spain.Along the river there are free public piers with charming little family-run restaurants nearby where you can have superb meals, At some piers there are also small hotels and shops. All prices are very good.As these are inland waters it's perfect for a first charter experience.You can explore the valley with our boats and stop were ever you like, take tours by train along the valley, walk in the vineyards, visit farms and small towns or simply swim in the warm clear waters of the river.The climate is pleasant at any time of year.Give it a go. It's great fun, great value for money and thoroughly enjoyable!
Reviewed September 13, 2013

This is about the only place you can rent a boat on the Douro. Just as well it's a very well set up marina! Alberto has motor cruisers and motor-yachts, Macgregor 26' and Imexus 28' respectively. The Imexus in particular is very well appointed and less than a year old. As the river is often bracketed by steep hills the wind is unpredictable, so the Imexus is the best answer for sailors. Both powered by great 50hp Honda Fours with auxiliaries for back-up (not needed but you get a run-thru of their operation, just in case). There's a good boarding ladder off a deep swim platform at the back - and in the summer heat, that river is very cool and refreshing. For kids and keen sailors there are Optimists and a Laser plus kayaks at Ferradosa too.

Alberto requires you have an RYA level 2 powerboat cert (or that one of you does) but he's hoping to offer this as a 2-day course in future. So bring yours along and enter 'Portuguese time' where it all slows down and the only thing that runs on time is the locks!

Ferradosa is an easy 3hr train journey from Oporto airport. The first 40 mins on tube, the next on the train, all standard but when you get to open countryside, the views from the right hand side of the train are stunning, so it's not a bore.

There are plenty of public pontoons to tie up at and stay overnight: upriver, Murca "Fish Soup" has a very friendly restaurant 5 mins walk away; Barca de Alva is the end of the line on the border where you can walk the old Roman road, see the Griffin Vulture and walk the old train line over the precipitous rail bridge over the inlet. Half way, Sabor has an aquapark on the river and a nice waterfront cafe, but little else. With more time we'd have liked to go downriver: Caldas has a spa for example, but we took the train to Pocinho to tour a vineyard, which is a must-do. For English speakers with very little Portuguese, like me, a little French goes a long way sometimes: and in fact the locals are supremely friendly and patient. Additionally, the food upriver is excellent and inexpensive due to Alberto's contacts. Pork, veal- and beef-steaks, local river fish (as in Fish Soup), Hake, Cod, fresh local figs, local olives, great coffee - you will not go hungry. There's also a really, really fantastic restaurant beside the Marina at Ferradosa too. They're only open in the evening at 9pm (i think..) but if like us you arrive famished they'll lay out bread, cheese, ham, olives on demand. They also have a cracking range of local wines and ports. I was aching to try some of their J&B whiskies too but you know, it's rude not to drink the local wine and they don't mix, at least not for me...

Cruising the river wilderness between stops is very tranquil. Highly recommended.

2  Thank AhhPortugal
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

At the last munite I found out I needed a boat operator license, but Alberto worked with us and we ended up with the PERFECT trip. We had the advantage of a local guide, ended going up river on the sailboat (FUN!), and did some hiking, drinking, siteseeing, eating, and a lot of relaxing in a stunningly beautiful area. Portugal is one of our 3 favorite countries and I think the Douro River Valley just became our favorite of all. The bungalows are basic but very comfortable right on the river.
I recommend Dourovou for anyone wanting to truly see the area by more than through a vehicle window. Even if you don't have a boat license, hire Alberto to take you, you will thank yourself for such a special way of seeing Portugal.

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Reviewed August 14, 2013

We have just returned from a fabulous holiday staying at Dourovou Yacht Charter & Bungalows (2 adults & one 7 year old boy). It is located in what I can only describe as a hidden portuguese paradise. We spent two nights in a one double bedroom chalet with a very comfortable and massive sofa couch in the lounge/kitchen. The kitchen is stocked with everything you need, the water is piping hot and the shower is great. There is aircon but you won't spend much time inside! If you still need something then Jose and his family will get it for you. They are perfect hosts and always make sure you have all you want. We had a massive veranda which had table & chairs, sun loungers, hammock and swing chair. By the pool there are loungers and hammocks and the scenery is just stunning. Between swimming in the pool, swimming in the river, kayaking, fishing and just relaxing our entire days were fabulous and very relaxed. We moved onto one of Jose's sail boats for 4 nights. Our 7 year old son loved this and there was plenty of room for us all. As we do not have a boat licence Jose took us out on the river for two days - a fabulous way to see Douro Valley. We are not sure when but we will definitely be returning to Duorovou, Ferradosa. Big thanks to Jose

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Reviewed October 23, 2012

A fantastic time on the River Douro, great scenery and have met some great people and made some very good friends. The whole set up is very well run and there are plenty of places to eat and drink. I would highly recommend this holiday to anyone who has some sailing/boating experience. This is a holiday that will be repeated.

4  Thank Lynn10Scotland
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Reviewed June 4, 2012

It was our second stay at this fabulous hotel and we're sure we'll be back again. This is absolutely fantastic place. All you can see is river and the mountains which are incredible, all you can hear is silence and all you can feel is tranquility. The accommodation (we stayed in bungalow) is cozy and convenient and equipped with all necessary devices such as fridge, stove with oven, heater and cooler. It has big terrace with a spectacular view onto the river. The staff is attentive and benevolent. They also organize boat trips along Douru river. We would recommend this incredible place for everyone.

3  Thank Heilong77
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