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Douro valley trip and beach honeymoon combo

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Douro valley trip and beach honeymoon combo

Hi all,

We are planning to spend a week in Portugal after our wedding in June this year. As massive wine and cheese lovers we hope to spend a few days exploring the vineyards of the Douro and then have a few days relaxing on a beach. Has anyone done a similar week that could recommend a nice seaside hotel? We prefer peaceful villages to mad party towns and will not be hiring a car so it must be reasonably accessable by public transport.

Price wise it is our honeymoon so we are happy to splash out for a memorable trip.

Thanks

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1. Re: Douro valley trip and beach honeymoon combo

And you're flying to where? Lisboa or Porto? One week is not a lot of time, especially if you want to spend some time at the Douro Valley and you don't have a car. If you're flying to Porto, a possibility is Espinho. If you're flying to Lisboa then it's Cascais (here you have many hotel options).

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2. Re: Douro valley trip and beach honeymoon combo

If you could buy a one way flight to Porto you could visit the Douro valley for a couple of days.

Then take a Ryanair flight to Faro and stay the remainder of your time in the Algarve. From Faro find a flight back home.

A nice seaside hotel for a honeymoon is not easy to find in the Porto coastal area. In the summer there's also a chance of fog.

The Cascais beaches near Lisbon are very nice and there are quite a few nice hotels for a special occasion.

Same goes for the Algarve.

Edited: 07 February 2014, 15:35
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3. Re: Douro valley trip and beach honeymoon combo

Like you now, the impressive cultural landscape of the Douro, the first wine region demarcated in the world in 1756 and also considered a World Heritage Site in 2001, was crafted by Man for centuries.

http://www.douro-turismo.pt/

Going to the Douro Valley Region, you have several options, like :going by car, where you have more time to relax.

By boat, ,you have some companys, that can help you, how to organize a trip: http://www.portotours.com/

In Porto , you have also nices seasides hotels:

- In front of the Douro river -side in Porto: pestana.com/en/…home.aspx

-http://www.carrishoteles.com/pt/hoteis/porto/hotel-carris-porto-ribeira-porto.html

--Near the beach, in Porto you have:https://www.hotelboavista.com/cms/index.php?id=1

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Think you should consider renting a car...such freedom! Not expensive and easy to do. Would think it hard to tour the Duro Valley with out one ....especially if you want to see and taste the area.

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5. Re: Douro valley trip and beach honeymoon combo

Try also this special place near the beach 4Rooms - Guest House, small bed & breakfast unit, located in historical Foz do Douro, in a nineteenth century house that has been fully renovated and extended by the architect Eduardo Souto de Moura. Decorated in a sophisticated yet simple style, its relaxed atmosphere ensures that guests feel truly at home here. It has three rooms, with bathrooms, and a patio and garden. It offers easy access to the city centre and the leisure areas along the river Douro and the Atlantic Ocean. It was considered in 2011 one of the "25 Best Stylish and Affordable European Hotels", by the prestigious American magazine Travel & Leisure.

http://4rooms.org

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6. Re: Douro valley trip and beach honeymoon combo

What would be the most scenic 2 - 4 hour drive along the duro?

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7. Re: Douro valley trip and beach honeymoon combo

During the winter is better to drive to Peso da Régua and then drive along the Douro river to Pinhão. After March the best option along the River Douro is by boat, see the options at www.portotours.com

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8. Re: Douro valley trip and beach honeymoon combo

There in mid-March....so in March or after March?

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9. Re: Douro valley trip and beach honeymoon combo

It depends on the weather conditions and if the river is navigable after the dams, but if you contact Portotours they have forecasts to navigate in the Douro river.

Edited: 10 February 2014, 11:28
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10. Re: Douro valley trip and beach honeymoon combo

4 rooms looks great - thank you for all of the suggestions.