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The trip begins and finishes at Douro Marina, in Vila Nova de Gaia. The cruise includes the exclusive use of the boat, with a professional crew (skipper and tourist guide) and insurance. We also offer you two bottles of sparkling wine or white wine and snacks.
Where the Douro River and the Paiva River intersect, there is a small, uninhabited island, practically in the raw state – the so-called Ilha dos Amores (Ilha do Outeiro or Ilha do Castelo).
The name of this island is due to a legend, according to which a young farmer and a young wealthy noble girl fall in love. Despite their love for each other, that situation was unacceptable at the time for the girl’s family. After a few months the hand of the girl was given to an aristocrat, and this would be a marriage of convenience and not of love, an usual situation at that time.
One day, completely possessed by jealousy, the farmer killed the aristocrat and threw his body into the Douro River. Afraid to be caught, he hid in a small island in the middle of the river and stayed there for a long time, suffering for the longings he felt for his beloved.
When he realized he had not been discovered, he left the island to look for his darling and convince her to return with him. When he found her, she immediately agreed to run away with him. However, when they were crossing the river, a huge storm arose that caused the boat to sink, thus preventing the couple from reaching their destination. The legend said the storm was caused by the spirit of the young aristocrat who was seeking revenge for his death.
True or not, let yourself be envolved by this passionate love story and surprise your dearest half on a trip to this unknown island, where you can contemplate the breathtaking views as well as enjoy a romantic picnic, enjoying a peaceful atmosphere, with the chirping of birds and the quiet noise of the waters.