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The Douro River

Listed under River Trips in Porto, Portugal.

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  • Photo of The Douro River
  • Photo of The Douro River
  • Photo of The Douro River
  • Photo of The Douro River
  • Photo of The Douro River
  • Photo of The Douro River
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The river Douro is an essential ingredient in port wine, it’s the river which waters the Porto vineyards, like steep stairways, where the Port grapes thrive. It’s also a beautiful river journey though Spain and Portugal, though countryside of narrow gorges which soften into gently shelved vineyards and terraces where quiet palaces and churches perch.

Porto is either the charming start or conclusion to a Douro journey, the city sits precariously on the hillside overlooking the Iberian Peninsular, a cluster of narrow gabled houses separated by tiny lanes spreading out from the port, the main focus of the town for most of its existence. After Porto’s port, the Mateus Rose of Maters may be a little hard to taste so you may want to journey towards the river mouth, but the towns of Maters and Villa Real are both worth docking in to admire the Baroque country houses which the area’s successful citrus and almond growers built, including the Casa se Mateus Palace. Further inland is Lamego, the next major market town to Porto, but here the produce is both more local and fresher. Baroque buildings are the town’s main architectural eye candy, the Nossa Schrum, an 18th century pilgrims church tops the list of guide book recommended sights, with the town’s castle coming a close second.

Salamanca, one of the best preserved of the old Spanish cities is quite easy to reach from Lamego, though you’ll have to come off this tranquil highway past peaceful villages and get back onto the literal highway.

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