Visiting The Douro Valley

Probably one of the most useful sites out there on Portugal. From the Portugal Tourist Board – lots and lots of useful information about visiting the Douro Valley. Make sure you follow them on Twitter too – always something good being tweeted daily.

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.

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Source: The Douro Valley

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Douro Valley – History, photos, accommodation & tourist attractions 

From a useful website with lots of Douro Valley information.

The Douro Valley is home to the River Douro, the third largest river in the Iberian Peninsula, which runs for eight hundred and ninety seven kilometres from the Spanish town of Duruelo de la Sierra to Porto, Portugal’s second city. For one hundred and twelve kilometres the river forms part of the border between Spain and Portugal. In the past, impassable canyons formed a barrier against marauding armies. Today this wild and beautiful frontier landscape is protected by the authority of the Douro International Park.

Source: Douro Valley – History, photos, accommodation & tourist attractions | Travel in Portugal

Visiting the best northern city in Portugal – Porto.

This is an excellent and comprehensive article about visiting Porto. 

When the rain lashes in off the Atlantic to a soundtrack of gulls cawing, Porto’s betrayal of its Latin latitude feels at its strongest. There’s a sense of misplaced northern Europe about Portugal’s second-largest city, particularly in the winter months when the ocean roars in with crashing swells.

Source: Porto: Fine wine and understated charm in Portugal’s Latin city with northern soul | Europe | Travel | The Independent

A Douro Valley boat trip 

Check out the following blog post from EZ Portugal. Contains some nice insights about boat trips in the Douro

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Douro trips can last anything from an hour or two to a full day or even several days, and there is certainly plenty to see and experience. Visitors to Porto who are staying in the city for more than a few days

Source: Douro Valley Boat Trip – Things to do Porto Portugal

Portugal’s beautiful Douro Valley

If you’d like to know a bit more about the history of the Douro Valley – check this post out.

Ribbons of bright green grape leaves alternated with golden stone walls as far as I could see along the steep banks of Portugal’s Douro River.

Cantilevered steps led up hand-stacked dry stone walls to narrow ledges, where the schist rock had been crumbled, also by hand, to make the soil. The terraces, planted with rows of vines, basked in the early summer sunshine.

Portugal’s beautiful Douro Valley embodies history of port wine.
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Source: Portugal’s beautiful Douro Valley embodies history of port wine | The Sacramento Bee