Douro Valley, the magnificent wilderness and an UNESCO World Heritage site since 2001, is the oldest wine region in the word producing distinctive wines and port for centuries. As the valley and its grapes are under protection, the area is one of the key places to visit in the northern region of Portugal especially for people with love of wine, as many are drawn to the area to experience its flavours, scenery and tranquillity first-hand. In the past the area was only discovered through the river cruises, as still is the best way to get to experience this amazing landscape, however, with the introduction of frequent direct flights to Porto from number if UK regional flights, it is now possible to experience the region over short breaks as well as week long stays combining the land and river cruising or as part of a multi-centre holiday by including the region for few nights.
Porto as a vibrant city offers a real chance for a relaxing city break with trendy bars, beautiful riverside cafes a and excellent restaurants as well as magnificent architectural history. The hotels we have selected are located conveniently in the heart of the old city offering you a mesmerising escape.
Alternative to a city break, you have the chance to explore the Douro Valley with charming boutique stays in amazing country houses or wine hotels, experiencing wine making and the surrounding beautiful landscape at your own leisure, revitalising and enjoying the natural landscape of this beautiful area. The terraced banks of the river Douro with lash green vineyards, dotted small wine shops and boutique wineries, the area has plenty to offer and enough to inspire the artist in you!
Wine produced on the valley has traditionally carried on wooden boats to Porto where it was matured in oak casks at the huge port lodges in Vila Nova de Gaia right opposite Porto, where number of wineries have shops offering port and wine tasting including the cellar visits.
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A region that has many attractions that cannot fit into one single holiday, from the birthplace of Portugal, Guimarães, to the ancient Roman ruins, the prosperous and beautiful Douro, to the beautiful city of Porto, there is so much to discover. You are in for a treat in Northern Portugal.