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The river that descends through the Douro Valley is the blood that keeps the city of Porto alive, and it has been so since Man first settled in these lands. But before culminating in Porto and the Atlantic Ocean, the river bathes tens of kilometers of beautiful land, with colors ranging from green, reddish and golden brown, most of them with vineyards and olive groves.


Classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2001, the Douro Valley is a unique and amazing beauty, mainly thanks to the history of the many people who have wandered over these lands for thousands of years. There are archaeological discoveries and documentary references to witness the cultural persistence of winemaking efforts of other eras. A story of perseverance, fueled by dreams of happiness, of obtaining wealth, but also nourished by a unique nectar: ​​the magnificent port wine.


Wine has been produced in these lands at least over the last 2000 years. But it was Port wine that slowly carved these lands. From the 19th century to the present day, this wine-demarcated region (the oldest in the world) developed, to the point that some of its agricultural estates became one of the most valuable in the world, built on small terraces specially built along the hills, called “terraces”.As you can imagine, these lands are anything but simple and easy to work with. The terrain is hard and unpleasant: the winters are extremely cold and wet, and in the summers the thermometers climb to temperatures that many would find somewhat unpleasant. But that is exactly what makes this region so unique: its extreme beauty and something violent.


Humble, hardworking and religious, the people of the Douro are living testimony to the demanding conditions of this land. The faith of these people is scattered throughout the Douro, marking it. In this region we can find everything from small chapels on the side of the road to works of Roman architecture, from small churches to great monasteries that time seems to have forgotten. A true and perfect example of the balance between natural beauty and man-made beauty.


These are just some of the many reasons why so many great Portuguese writers and artists have tried to capture the spirit of this beautiful land in their writings or to take refuge in it to work on their works.


Douro Days of Experience


Nature & Great Landscapes

Discover the Douro at your own rhythm, by walking in the vineyards, travelling by boat and tasting the Port Wine...