River cruising on Portugal’s Douro River; Cruiseable

Portugal – Alto Douro Wine Region

While not exactly a river laden with mystery, the Douro River of Portugal and Spain hasn’t quite reached the level of becoming a household name like some of the more well-known waterways such as the Rhine or the Danube.

But this river in Portugal can offer a wealth of surprises and unexpected discoveries — and in that way, it can almost be like finding a wonderful bounty that has somehow managed to escape others’ notice.

Dubbed the “river of gold,” the Douro does indeed offer the potential to encounter treasures — at least, the kind that make for an unforgettable vacation experience.

A journey down the Douro River can involve many potential highlights, with something delightful around nearly every turn. You’ll experience a number of interesting cities and villages along the river’s path.

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