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.
Fly into Porto and rent a car for the hour drive to the Douro Valley, or set up a tour with a driver.
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.
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.
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.
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.
• Six Senses Douro Valley • The Wine Hotel – Quinta da Pacheca • Monverde Wine Experience Hotel • The Vintage House Hotel