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Douro Valley villa holidays

This beautiful, tranquil region of Portugal offers a chance to relish the simple pleasures in life, from the flavours of fresh, locally grown produce to the views of stunning landscapes all around you. Over the centuries, the steeply sloping banks of the winding Douro River have been carefully crafted into flourishing vine terraces that today produce the grapes for the region’s world-famous port and wine. A wine-lover’s paradise, this is a delightful area in which to escape the crowds and explore quaint villages and historic towns at your own unhurried pace.

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  • Armamar


    Surrounded by sloping vineyards and colourful fruit trees, the small town of Armamar, is a fine example of a picturesque community within the Douro Valley.

    1 villa 1hr 40mins Porto Int
  • Baiao


    Baião is a small, rural town on the North side of the River Douro. Here, the landscape is a mix of agricultural valleys, green slopes and granite houses alongside a small selection of restaurants and shops.

    1 villa 1hr Porto Int
  • Folgosa

    Folgosa, Peso da Regua

    Folgoso is a historic riverside village in the heart of the Alto Douro region, boasting stunning views of the river Douro and a selection of restaurants, serving both authentic and modern Portuguese cuisine.

    1 villa 1hr 35mins Porto Int
  • Lamego


    Lamego is a beautiful town of historical and cultural importance within the Douro Valley where the buildings are elegant and the streets are laced with pavement cafés.

    1 villa 1hr 40mins Porto Int
  • Lousada


    Lousada is a small town forty-five kilometres east of Porto. Here the streets are lined with colourful buildings and interesting architecture as well as more modern bars, restaurants and shops.

    1 villa 35mins Porto Int
  • Pinhao


    Situated in the heart of the Douro Valley, Pinhao enjoys sensational views over the breath-taking scenery of rolling hillside vineyards that surround the town and over the famous winding Douro River.

    1 villa 1hr 50mins Porto Int
  • Resende


    Resende, famous for its cherries, is a town full of Portuguese character; standing on the slopes of the Serra do Montemuro Mountain and offers superb views over the River Douro.

    1 villa 1hr 35mins Porto Int
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Discover local charm in Douro Valley

The pretty, unspoilt towns and villages of the Douro Valley retain an old world charm and warm, friendly hospitality. Narrow cobbled streets, traditional whitewashed houses and terracotta roofs rub shoulders with ornate Baroque churches and impressive palaces, not least in the beautiful city of Porto. If you’re visiting in late June, join the locals for their biggest annual festival, the Festa de São João, when the whole city turns out for dazzling fireworks, street performances, dancing and all-round merriment.

Outdoor pursuits in Douro Valley

One of the most relaxing ways to enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the Douro Valley is from the deck of a cruise boat, whether on a short, hour-long tour passing under Porto’s beautiful bridges, or a longer trip up-stream. Don’t miss the chance to climb the magnificent tiers of granite steps leading up to the striking Baroque church of Nossa Senhora dos Remedios in Lamego, or take a leisurely wander around Porto’s historic, bustling streets.

Hints of history in Douro Valley

For almost 2000 years the dramatic, undulating landscape of the Alto Douro region has produced not only great wine and port but also delicious olives and almonds, transported on the quirky rabelo sailing boats still seen on the River Douro today. Take a drive along the area’s winding roads, visiting ancient monasteries, traditional village churches, Baroque palaces and Renaissance cathedrals, or sit back and enjoy the spectacular riverside views from the carriages of the Douro railway’s vintage steam train.

Local cuisine in Douro Valley

Many of the Douro Valley’s estates and vineyards offer a warm welcome to visitors with an invitation to tour the cellars and presses and sample their excellent produce on-site. Olive oil, wine and port are the main specialties, whilst bacalhao (salted cod) and ‘Porto-style’ tripe are among the favourite regional dishes, along with smoked ham and sometimes wild boar. If these delicacies fail to tickle your taste buds, the sweet pastries of Amarante certainly won’t – from ‘papos de anjo’ (syrupy cakes) to ‘toucinho do céu’ (almond tart), these treats are hard to resist.

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  • Explore the colourful riverside city of Porto with its glorious cathedral, characterful old town and bustling quayside bars and restaurants
  • Take to the river on a cruise-boat or one of the traditional rabelo sailing boats, once used to transport the region’s port and wine along the shallow waters
  • Enjoy a wine or port tasting tour, visiting the vineyards, wine cellars and presses and sampling the produce for yourself
  • Experience one of the world’s most beautiful railway journeys between Porto and Pocinho, perhaps even on the vintage steam locomotive that runs seasonally between Regua and Tua
  • Dine out on the patio of one of the many local restaurants as you savour spectacular views of the valley
  • Visit striking churches, shrines, castles and even thermal pools dotted around this remarkable region
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