Learn about the history of Porto and Douro Valley exquisite wines and relax in a getaway full of opportunities to sample regional varieties. The culture and hospitality of this region will leave you excited to experience more. Escape to a wine-lovers paradise with a luxury holiday to the Porto and Douro Valley.
Not only is the Douro the oldest wine region in the world, but it’s also celebrated as one of the most beautiful wine valleys in the world. Located near Porto, Douro Valley is home to lush green landscapes and slopes. Rich with thriving vineyards and wine estates, this is the birthplace of the famed port wine.
Beautiful Porto, with its layers of buildings and located on the Douro River, is the main gateway to the region. Packed with historical attractions and medieval streets, Porto is a green city with many parks, charming squares, and student atmosphere. Admire Clerigos Church with its iconic bell tower, take a sunset cruise on the river, or take the opportunity to taste port wine.
Methods of travel to the Douro Valley vary, but one of the best ways is by boat. As you approach the Douro Valley, you'll get an exclusive view of breathtaking lush hills and vineyards. You can also travel by train, with the Linha do Douro/Douro route contending as one of the most scenic rail journeys in all of Europe.
Summer (July to August) is the most popular season to visit this region. There are plenty of events to choose from including music festivals, concerts and open-air cinema screenings. Autumn (September to October) still sees warm temperatures with a quieter atmosphere and is a good time to visit the Douro Valley for the harvest season.
Winter (November to early March) sees the arrival of the heart-warming Christmas markets. Valentine's Day is also a lovely time to visit as the pretty city of Porto is well suited for romance.
This region isn't just celebrated for its wine, but it also offers some outstanding fine-dining opportunities. There is something for all tastes - from the romance of an intimate dining experience surrounded by classic décor to a family-friendly dining experience in grand ballrooms.
Menus include a regional-inspired cuisine and a modern fusion of traditional dishes of Northern Portugal. Only the best local ingredients are used for each meal and seafood is always a popular option in Portugal.
British and EU nationals don't need a visa to visit the Porto and Douro Valley, Portugal. Find more advice at GOV.UK with information on passports, visas and travel.