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Portugal’s Douro Valley Road Trip

A tasting tour of Portugal’s quintas, where port is made.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: Multiple days

Overview :  The Douro Valley has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage region thanks, in part, to a blockade during one of Great Britain’s... more »

Tips:  Spring and fall are mild, with daytime temperatures in the 60- to 75-degree range. June has pleasant weather and is less crowded than ... more »

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Points of Interest

Great Value: A 17th-century estate near Pinhão with six antiques-filled guest rooms. Doubles from $148, breakfast included.

Address:
Casal de Loivos
Portugal

Phone:
351-25-473-2149

Great Value: Near Douro National Park, a small inn that offers 12 comfortable rooms.

Address:
1 Rua Cimo do Lugar
Felgar
Portugal

Phone:
351-27-992-8060

3. Casas do Côro

Just south of the Douro Valley, Carmen and Paulo Romão have converted six stone structures into guesthouses with modern suites.

Address:
Largo do Côro, Marialva
Beiras
Portugal

Phone:
351-91-755-2020

4. D.O.C., Folgosa

An extensive wine list accompanies chef Rui Paula’s modern Portuguese menu. Order the smoked duck breast with requeijão cheese and a glass of tinto as you eat on the waterfront deck. Lunch for two $109.

Address:
222 Extrada National, Cais de Folgosa
Folgosa
Portugal

Phone:
351-25-485-8123

A popular restaurant that specializes in regional cuisine and wines from boutique vineyards. Lunch for two $70.

Address:
Avda. João Franco
Peso da Régua
Portugal

Phone:
351-25-409-8075

Tours include tastings and a visit to the wine cellar. The Pimental family plans to open a 14-room inn on the property later this year.

Address:
Lamego
Portugal

Phone:
351-25-431-3228

7. Romaneira - Quinta dos Sonhos

From the Portuguese for "butterfly lavender", Quinta Romaneira offers a teak-and-fiberglass launch for a cruise between the grassy banks. The 1,000-acre domain is now owned by a French consortium and has two handsome manors halfway down adjacent slopes on a bend in the river. The 19 rooms are divied between the two structures; Dona Clara... More

8. Quinta do Vale D. Maria

Vineyard tours and tastings are by appointment only at this boutique producer in the Rio Torta Valley.

Address:
Pinhão
Portugal

Phone:
351-22-374-4320

This hotel overlooks the Corgo River from steep terraces, many of which were shaped by hand 300 years ago. João Ferreira Álvares Ribeiro is a sixth-generation port- and winemaker; he has converted the ground floor of the family’s 18th-century ocher manor into five plain but comfortable guest rooms, with rustic painted headboards, and... More

10. Vale d’Abraão

Regional dishes are served on the patio, which has views of the Aquapura hotel’s vineyards. Lunch for two $125.

Address:
Quinta de Vale Abraão, Aquapura Douro Valley Hotel
Lamego
Portugal

Phone:
351-21-360-0040