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Porto and Douro Valley Overview

Porto and Douro Valley

This region has more than its fair share of attractive towns. Porto, the country’s second city, is not outshone in the slightest by Lisbon. Porto was declared European City of Culture in 2001, which was the springboard it perhaps needed to restore and reconstruct various squares and historic buildings in the city. Its position at the mouth of the Douro is the start of a tracking back along this exquisite valley, with its rising hillsides, vineyards and pretty villages. Visiting lodges where Port wine is aged is hardly an option in this area. Take your time to get to know it a little better and, if not already converted, you will soon have a greater understanding and appetite for this precious nectar. Interestingly, you are still able to see the old Rabelo boats on the river. On the south bank look for the Castle of Numao.

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