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Douro River, Portugal

The Douro Valley is one of the most gorgeous places I’ve been in Portugal. The wine valley offers so much more than simply wine or port tasting. The scenery alone is breathtaking but then add to that a cosy little bed & breakfast, a masterfully home cooked traditional Portuguese dinner and the anticipation of the fun to be had the next day.

Kayaking on the Douro River was an absolute blast. We booked the earlier time slot, although it could’ve definitely been even earlier since it turned out the be the hottest day of the year. We went in August and we felt it.

We took a boat ride up the river to start and it took about an hour so by the time we got to our starting point it was almost midday. We brought sandwiches and snacks and extra water, we didn’t know exactly how long it would take to get back but I am always hungry and assumed I would need sustenance. We stopped almost halfway through to rest, cool off and eat.

The experience was absolutely amazing and totally worth it but after about 5 hours in the sun on the hottest day of the year we both suffered a bit of heat stroke so make sure to take it easy and drink lots of water.

We stopped at the little Wine tasting room on our way back to Porto, had a glass of cold white wine and relaxed a bit before heading on to stop for a bit at Amarante. We just stopped here for an hour or so and roamed around the center. It’s a beautiful little hidden gem and definitely worth checking out.

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My full name is Courtney Elizabeth and growing up some of my nicknames were Coco & Betty, thus the name Coco Betty. Feel free to call me Coco, I still answer to it. I empower women to love themselves through travel, one trip at a time.

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Coco Betty Travels About Me

Hi Friends!

My full name is Courtney Elizabeth and growing up some of my nicknames were Coco & Betty, thus the name Coco Betty. Feel free to call me Coco, I still answer to it. I empower women to love themselves through travel, one trip at a time.

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