Best Things to Do in Portugal's Douro Valley 

If you haven’t visited the Douro Valley Wine Region in Northern Portugal yet, you are missing out on one of the most beautiful wine regions in the world. 

You, no doubt, already know about Port wine, the sweet fortified wine, but you may not know that the Douro Valley is especially good at making rich red wines, as well as Vinho Verde white wine.   

Port Wine

Fly into Porto and rent a car for the hour drive to the Douro Valley, or set up a tour with a driver.

How to Get to the Douro Valley

My favorite thing to do in the Douro Valley is wine tasting. The climate is perfect for growing intense, delicious wines and the estates are gorgeous. 

Wine Tasting in the Douro Valley

A boat ride is a fantastic way to enjoy the views surrounding you in the valley. In some places, you can just walk down to the riverfront and get tickets for a boat trip, like in Pinhão. 

Go On a Boat Ride 

There's more than just wine tasting. Porto is just an hour away. There's the Douro Museum in Regua, the castle of Numão near Pocinho and Vale do Coa Archaeological Park.

Top Sights to See 

DOC Restaurant is one of the finest restaurants in the Douro Valley. At the Six Senses Douro Valley hotel, you’ll find Vale de Abraao. At the train station in Regua is Aneto & Table.

Where To Eat

•  Six Senses Douro Valley • The Wine Hotel – Quinta da Pacheca • Monverde Wine Experience Hotel • The Vintage House Hotel

Where To Stay

If you have the good fortune to be able to spend time in the Douro Valley, you’ll reserve a special place in your heart for it from that point on. It’s an incredible region with a lot to offer, and it’s not overrun with tourists.  

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