Rabelo Boat

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The Rabelo boat, used to transport Port Wine from the Douro Valley to the cellars near the city of Porto.

The Rabelo boat is a traditional Portuguese cargo boat that for centuries was used to transport people and goods along the Douro River.

Native from the Douro region, it does not exist in any other place of the world. Its history is closely linked to the production and trade of port wine. Before the arrival of the railway, the rabelo was the fastest and the most efficient means of transport between the Douro Valley, where port wine is produced, and the city of Porto, where it was traded and exported worldwide.[1]

Although not in use anymore, still today the Douro River holds these vessels, belonging to port wine companies, in the cities of Porto and Gaia.

Every year on June 24, St. John's Day, is held a race of Rabelo boats, an important and popular event of the festivities of Porto.


  1. ^ Octávio Lixa Filgueiras – Barco Rabelo «Um Retrato de Família» – Edição – A.A. Calém & Filhos, Lda - Porto – 1989

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