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The Douro Valley

Vale do Douro
Place: Douro
Photo: António Sá
Photo: António Sá

Don't miss
  • visit some of the wine producing quintas which provide wine tourism activities
  • spend the night at a wine hotel in Porto or the Douro Valley
  • join in the grape harvest
  • go on an environmental river cruise near Miranda do Douro
  • visit the wine growing villages of Barcos, Favaios, Provesende, Ucanha, Salzedas and Trevões

The Douro Valley could as easily be called the enchanted valley, such is the beauty and magic that its landscapes offer.

Departing from Porto, where the river flows into the sea and where the Douro wines (table wines and Port wine), produced on its hillsides, also end up, there are various ways to get to know this cultural landscape, listed as a World Heritage Site: by road, by train, on a cruise boat and even by helicopter. None will leave you indifferent.

Following a route between the viewpoints that offer the best vistas, you need to cross the river from north to south and back again. But along the way you can admire breathtaking landscapes over the river and visit vineyards, towns and villages until you reach Miranda do Douro, the point at which the river enters Portugal.

Start at Vila Nova de Gaia with a visit to the lodges where Port wine is aged. Here you will get to know this wine a little better, taking the opportunity – how could you do otherwise? - to taste the precious nectar. And you can still see the old rabelo boats on the river, the vessels that carried the wine from the quintas where it is produced to the mouth of river, before the various dams that made the river navigable were built.

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