A region that was famous for the river of the same name and the Port.
A region that was famous for the river of the same name and the Port. With more than 900 km in length, starting in the Urbión mountains, in Spain and reaching the sea in Porto. The Douro river runs through the northern region of Portugal, passing through places like Régua, Vila Nova de Gaia and Pinhão.
This region strongly associated with wine. Alto Douro Vinhateiro is the oldest regional wine producer in the world and was established in 1756. The recognition came in 2001, when UNESCO declared the region to be a World Heritage Site.
In the Demarcated Region of the Douro are produced some of the best wines in the world. Covering a total area of ??250,000 hectares, around a fifth is used for vineyards. The most famous wine is, of course, Porto, exported internationally since the 16th century. However, the Douro region is also well known for its full-bodied reds, soft whites and superior sparkling wines.
There are also other characteristics of the Douro that make this region unique. The climate is severe, with severe winters and very hot and dry summers. In addition to the climate, this region presents a rocky soil that is difficult to work and that over the centuries has been altered by man. The result is the typical slopes of the region, which give the landscape a highly unusual aspect.
The best way to get to know the Douro is through a boat or train trip, so you can enjoy the incredible beauty of this region. Let yourself be taken on a journey on the historic steam train that runs along the Douro line, between Régua and Tua stations, which will provide you with a true journey through time. If you prefer to travel by boat, take a trip down the river to the Côa Valley, where you can see an authentic gallery of rock paintings. In the Archaeological Park of the Côa Valley there are thousands of Paleolithic engravings, making this area one of the most important centers of cave paintings in the world.