One of the largest rivers of the Iberian Peninsula carries waters from Spain to northern Portugal, the Douro is 896 kilometers long. The Douro Valley is considered one of the first wine regions in the world, the drink of the gods and aesthetes began to be produced here in the 1750s.
The Douro Valley region of Portugal is called the “Magic Valley”. It is famous for its picturesque terraces with grapes, which are turned into wine and the world-famous port. The local landscape is part of the UNESCO list and is considered one of the cultural heritage of mankind.
The easiest way to reach the region is by car from Porto, the road takes about an hour and a half and is accompanied by views of the ancient villages. All the roads in Portugal are fast, so not only the passengers but also the drivers can enjoy the ride.
The staff of the Quinta do Bomfim farm regularly organize tastings, during which everyone can get acquainted with the taste of the local wine and walk through the picturesque vineyards, and in the town of Pinhão it is as if time has stopped: you can see huge wine barrels here, a fabulous train, go rafting on the river by boat and feel the romance of the night town.
A lot of tourists come here for physical activities. Douro Kayak company is renting out kayaks and canoes for trips. Rafting costs 30-50 € and connoisseurs of wild recreation often go on multi-day tours.
If travelers decide to continue their journey, a good idea is to head to the Portuguese-Spanish border and visit Vila Nova de Foz Côa, a town 63 km from Pinhão. You will not find vineyards here because of the active sun, but you can see prehistoric cave paintings.
The archaeological complex of the Côa Valley is an element of the UNESCO list, and the first images date back to between 22 and 20 thousand years BC. They are mainly images of nature: plants, animals, people. Protected areas and ecological parks can be found in the region, so a family or a solo vacation will leave pleasant memories even for the most demanding traveler