Besides being one of the most coveted cities for real estate investment, Porto is also full of its charms! The Douro Valley has been one of the most popular destinations year after year, and it’s not hard to see why! Incredible views of terraced vineyards, great wine tastings, delicious food culture and a wealth of colors and truly inspiring past.
We have put together 8 things for you to discover in Douro Valley:
Sleep in a giant wine barrel
In Quinta da Pacheca, placed right on the shore of Douro river in Douro Valley, just 100 kilometers east of Porto, you can enjoy your stay in giant wine barrels, a suite with bold architecture, complete with private bathrooms, comfy beds, and air-conditioning.
Head of Marketing and wine tourism at Quinta da Pacheca, Ricardo Santos, says: “The barrel hotel concept has gone viral, we’ve not had to put a single euro into advertising!”.
Create your own wine
During the harvest season, the aroma of grapes spreads through the Douro valley, dazzling colors take over the landscape and the Douro seethes. At Montverde Wine Experience Hotel, you can create your own tailored blend of wine; you’ll start by decanting a measure of green wine grape varieties from the Quinta da Lixa vineyards, and once you’ve picked your favorite ones, you can enjoy the luxury of hand corking the bottle, and designing your own label. Don't miss the chance to become a winemaker at the lands where the world-famous Port wine is born.
Wanderlust at Casa de Sezim
Get lost in this gorgeous 18th-century house, placed 54 kilometers south-east of Porto, and discover the harmonious lines and the astounding façade that has become a motive of international interest in recent years. This house links back to the Portuguese royal family, and you are able to visit it, as well as use the swimming pool, the tennis court and enjoy the walks through the surrounding hills of Douro valley, or simply relax and enjoy a glass of their vineyard’s award-winning green wine.
Visit the iconic place where Porto was made famous
The House of Sandeman is a sight for one of the best views over the Cidade Invicta, or Porto, a city classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2001. Here you get to learn the delights and varieties of Port wine and discover the story of Sandeman with the help of the Sandeman Don, an enigmatic and inspirational character that turns your visit into one of the best wine tours in scenic Porto, laying on the shores of Douro river.
Don't miss this chance to learn about the history and tradition of Porto in a different way, while tasting the finest vines of Doury valley.
Wake up to the astounding views of the Douro Valley
Vila Galé Collection Douro offers a unique view of the Douro Valley vineyards and the Douro river. We find that picturesque city of Regua to be the perfect spot of respite after a long day tasting all the wines! But if you’re still up for some more tasting, make sure to book a room with a balcony, so you can enjoy the hotel’s Port wine and cheese.
Discover the future of wine
One of the world’s leading producers of Porto, in Quinta do Bomfim, along the Douro river in Douro valley, the vines have kept an eye on via drone and satellite technology. The stomping of grapes (traditionally by foot) is also technologically emulated with silicon bricks, to ensure the best possible quality of the wine!
Have a fancy meal at michelin-starred DOC
Located in the picturesque Folgosa, right on the Douro river, with a beautiful view on picturesque Douro valley, DOC is one of the most romantic scenic restaurants in the country, lead by Masterchef Rui Paula.
Chef Rui Paula uses genuine regional products for his signature dishes, as well as the best fish from the Portuguese coast, with lobster being one of Portuguese people’s favorite!
If the weather is nice, then alfresco dining on the suspended terrace is a must to breathe in the astonishing views over the terraced vineyards, the tranquility of the Douro riverside villages and the trains passing by on the shore.
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Do a picnic at Quinta da Roêda
In the heart of the Douro valley, near Pinhão, east of Porto, live the authentic vineyard experience. Visit the Croft’s picturesque flagship terraced vineyard estate, where they produce four types of port wine and extra-virgin olive oil.
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