Flowing from its source in the sublime seaside city of Porto, the Douro River winds 60 miles north to the valley that shares its name. Douro Valley roughly translates to ‘Golden Valley’, allegedly because its river was once thought to contain the precious metal. Today, when the sun catches the reflection of its waters, the area lives up to its glittering title in a different way. Along the Douro Valley’s wild slopes lie grassy landscapes and tiered vineyards that produce the famous Port wine. Discover them your way, by car, boat or train. Douro Valley holidays can be spent in the cosy wine cellars,
enjoying tasting sessions of all the region’s finest produce, or in the hills, rambling across the scenic countryside classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For the perfect slice of Duoro Valley life, stay in a quinta (a traditional Portuguese villa) along the wine route and soak up the serene splendour of the surroundings.
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