The Rabelo boat regatta is an annual race on the Douro River, featuring the historic rabelo boats that were once used to transport port wine from the vineyards to the caves on the river bank at Vila Nova de Gaia.
When you visit Porto, take a trip to Vila Nova de Gaia to explore the port wine cellars, but give special thought to Taylor’s.
Here’s how you can save about £470 per person on a Douro River seven-day cruise - while you are actually paying full price.
No visitor to Porto who enters an Arcádia shop should leave without having tried the Port Wine Chocolates - available in small or large boxes. They don’t come cheap, but then the taste is exquisite.
The Porto connection to port wine came about during the 1700s because Porto was the port where the fortified wine was shipped from.
Amenities are few - you have to wee behind a tree and bring all the food and drink you might need, because you are often in the middle of nowhere.