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Minho vs. Douro Valley

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Minho vs. Douro Valley

I have posted another question on the itinery. But after studing the posting a bit more, I have another question and open a new topic so people can easily identify the question.

We only have 2 days to spend in Northern Portugal in addition to Porto. So would like to know how these two areas compared in terms of scenery.

Some places posted to be of good scenery:

Minho - Ponte de Lima, Braga and Guimarães

Douro valley- Regua, pinhuo

We have car but would like to base in one place only and then travel to Porto and other areas. We are driving from Northern Spain, likely via Salamanca.

Thanks for the help.

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1. Re: Minho vs. Douro Valley

Depends on what you prefer, really... The Douro valley offers some beautifull scenery, but it's all about wineries and how man shaped the harsh landscape for centuries to produce wine and tranport it down the river to Porto.

The Minho region is more diverse: The landscape is a mix of urban, vineries (very different from those on the Douro), corn fields, natural forests, all cut off by several rivers from which the Minho, Lima and Cávado are the main ones. Braga, Guimarães, Ponte de Lima and other are great for culture and historic buildings. The National Park of Peneda Gerês offers nature at it's best, including some of the most stunning sceneries you will get in norther Iberia. Esposende has some of the most beautiful beaches in northern Portugal.

So it all just depends on what you prefer...

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2. Re: Minho vs. Douro Valley

We didn't travel the Douro Valley, but just returned from a week in Ponte de Lima. The scenery was spectacular - especially driving west on 203 in to Geres National Park. The driving was stress-free, rarely encountering another car (on a weekday, at least). I highly recommend!

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3. Re: Minho vs. Douro Valley

It really depends if you just want to see the places or explore them. If what you really want to do is explore the places and surroundings it all comes up to what kind of scenery you prefer as Vespucio wrote.

If you want to see the places you can even do both as Portugal is a small country. You can take a river cruise up the Douro and see the beautiful landscapes of the Valley. There are river cruises that last only a day that will take from Porto to the Valley and back on the same day.

And then you can visit Braga, Guimarães and Ponte de Lima on another day, although you would have to rent a car for that. If you depart from Porto, it will take half an hour or so to reach Guimarães. From there to Braga is just another half hour, and then another 40 minutes or so to Ponte de Lima. Getting back to Porto will take you an hour. I've done this several times.

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