Great things to do on the Doura River, Portugal, with kids
The relaxed and child loving, culture combined with the glorious climate, outdoor spaces and variety of natural playgrounds, make Portugal a wonderful holiday destination for families. The Doura river, measuring 897 km in total, runs across Spain and into Portugal finishing at the town of Porto after flowing across the width of Portugal. With beautiful stretches of river, lovely towns and countryside and delicious local produce, the Doura river makes for a wonderful place to visit on your family trip to Portugal. Here are a few of the best things to do.
Visit the vineyards Whilst this might not initially seem like a child friendly day out, in practice it can be great! Fresh air, the adventure of a vineyard in which to run around, the river in close proximity and the space and solitude to not have to worry about kids making too much noise. The tastings aren't bad for the adults either!
Canoes Take an organised canoe trip or just hire them yourselves! One or two person canoes – depending on the age of the children – are great fun and a wonderful way to explore the river, see the wildlife, get back to nature and explore some of the heritage sights on the way. There are plenty of mills, fountains and forts to see, and enough to entertain even the most demanding of children.
Porto The historic town of Porto, at the mouth of the river, has so much to do and see to keep little ones entertained that you could spend your entire trip here. Historical sites with great stories, church towers to climb, museums with fascinating children's exhibits and more await visitors to this beautiful town.
Cruise Taking a cruise is a lovely way to see the river and surrounding land, kids love the adventure of a boat trip and parents get to relax with a drink or food in beautiful surroundings whilst exploring the river in the best possible way!
Alvao nature park Over 7,000 hectares of forest and grasslands contain birds of prey, bats, wolves, livestock and more to discover! All in a beautiful surrounding, the nature park is a great place to visit for nature fans, with hiking, wildlife, flora and fauna.
However you choose to spend your time here, it is a wonderful region for both adults and children of all ages.
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