We had such a good time going sailing on the Douro river in Pinhão that we were curious what it would be like to cruise the waters at the other end of the river, in Porto, Portugal. We were invited to do a Douro Azul river cruise on a rabelo boat.
Rabelos are the traditional boats that used to transport port wine over the river. The one we would tag along in was, of course, a bit adjusted for cruising purposes.
Our Douro Azul river cruise
Douro Azul offers various cruises and the one we went on was the one-hour Bridges Cruise (€10/person). That cruise goes alongside Porto and takes you under the different bridges that connect the river banks of Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia. It was a great way to see both cities from a different perspective. Although a boat isn’t the most stable ground to take some photos, I made an attempt to capture what we saw along the way.
… and we especially got a great view on the Museu dos Transportes e Comuniçao, an impressive building…
… as well as on this huge painting of one of the most famous port brands:
They even took us to the ocean! Well, almost…
Besides small tours in Porto, Douro Azul also does longer cruises on bigger boats, like this one:
Curious about what else they have to offer? Check out the Douro Azul website for more information on their fleet, their tours and special programs.And if you’d like to know more about the bridges of Porto, check out this post by Anil from foXnoMad.
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