Discover Portugal’s true charm on this journey from the graceful terraced hillsides of Douro to the quaint riverside villages of Porto. Tiptoe down medieval cobbled paths, explore the Douro Valley by river and visit mystical quintas that not only produce great Port wines, but also make up an important part of the Douro landscape. Feel as though you’ve taken a step back in time as you meander past ancient stone mills, communal baking ovens and peaceful bird sanctuaries amidst deeply traditional communities. The added fine hotels, fabulous cuisine and trending arts scene make this Douro to Porto excursion a truly unforgettable experience.
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Head east from Porto to begin your journey into the town of Muxagata. Stroll through the peaceful wine estate of Ervamoira, tucked away between the surrounding mountains. Keep an eye out for sightings of over 170 species of birds populating the area!
Today, head out the front door of your hotel for an all-day loop walk through the historic village of Marialva. Hike through countryside vineyards, taking note of the many historic landmarks, some dating back to the village’s origins in 1063.
Rise and shine for a morning car ride to one of the most impressive lookouts of the Douro Valley! Later in the afternoon, visit a well-preserved stone village known for wine making, goat rearing and olive oil production. Explore their many community traditions—one of the most interesting being the community oven, which is still used daily by many households to bake homemade bread.
Our walk today begins in Sabrosa, where we’ll learn about the town’s history as we make our way through to Provesende. Stop to admire the historic Baroque and neoclassical facades of the 13 noble houses in the area before continuing on to Pinhão—the perfect place to sample some local wines!
Following breakfast, we'll discover one of the most interesting ways to see the Douro Valley—by river. Admire the mystical wine-producing quintas from below and wander the gorgeous network of trails at the Quinta Nova Douro Wine Estate this afternoon.
Today, we must bid farewell to the Douro and its lovely terraced hillsides. However, spending an extra day at Six Senses to fully enjoy its lavish facility before heading home is encouraged!VIEW MAP CLOSE Want to see a full
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