Palaeolithic Rock Art Site
This is the largest open-air site that you can visit. It is one place you definitely need to stop if you are going to be in the area. You want to make sure that you really spend some time here.
Best Time To Visit The best time to go would be during the off-season with fewer tourists, as well as when it is a bit cooler so you can enjoy the weather.
You Should Know The site is up on a hill that overlooks some of the most beautiful views. The art gallery was created between 10,000 and 25,000 years ago.
Rota do Vinho do Porto Hiking Trail
This trail starts at the village of Samodaes and it extends for 8km. It is one of the easier trails and definitely one of the most beautiful. You can visit the village while you are there.
Best Time To Visit The cooler months are the best times to visit since the temperatures can be extreme during the summer months.
You Should Know Make sure to bring some water with you, there is little shade during the walk.
Visit Some of the Wineries
The Douro is known for its wine, and as such, you should make sure to stop and visit the wineries along the way. You can check out Quinta da Pacheca, Quinta de La Rosa, and Quinta do Panascal.
Best Time To Visit There is no right or wrong time to visit this area because the wine is always delicious and always worth the time to check out and try.
You Should Know Many of these wineries are original and have been standing for centuries. There are tours that will teach you how to make and blend your own wine, as well if you're more interested in learning.
Eat Authentic in the Douro Valley
Known for some of the most delicious and different dishes you will ever come across, make sure to stop and eat. Some of the best restaurants include Quinta do Popa, Castas e Pratos Restaurant, and Quinta do Panascal.
Best Time To Visit Restaurants are always open, so you can come and go whenever the season is that you are visiting. They always have something delicious on the menu.
You Should Know They locally harvest their food right from the area, as well as any of the wines they serve.
Pinhao Train Station
This train station is known for the many artifacts and pieces of history that are laying around. You will be able to learn more about life in the ancient Douro, but also what comes with wine production, harvesting, and more.
Best Time To Visit The best time to go to the museum is in the spring or summer months. You can go inside where it is cooler to learn.
You Should Know The tiles inside the station were dedicated to the daily life of the ancient Douro people.
The Best Physical Activities to Do
There are a number of physical activities that you can do while you are in the area. You are able to cycle, kayak, canoe, or paddle. Each of these is also able to be rented, especially if you didn't bring your own.
Best Time To Visit The best time to participate in any activity is during the spring and summer months, as these are the warmest and best for enjoying the outside weather if you're going to be active.
You Should Know You shouldn't do any of these activities during the night time, it can become quite dark. Be careful and try to map out a route so you don't become lost.
Douro River Cruise
Even though you came on a boat, you can actually take a small cruise on the river. This allows you to see some of the more beautiful areas that are too narrow for a cruise ship to get through.
Best Time To Visit This is great during the fall or spring months when it is cooler outside, but the summer months can be just as nice.
You Should Know Bring a hat, sunscreen, and water if you are going during the summer since it can be quite hot. This is a great excursion to bring kids on.
Picnic in a Vineyard
If you want to bring the family out for a good time in the sun, then choosing a vineyard to have a picnic at can be a great time. You can take in the views, eat delicious food, and more.
Best Time To Visit The best time to plan a picnic is in the spring and summer months. This way, the weather is warmer, and you can enjoy it more.
You Should Know Some of the vineyards actually provide the picnics for you, such as Quinta da Roeda.