Interesting Points

Porto

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The city of Porto is one of the most ancient attractive destinations in the world. It is known worldwide for its Porto’s Wine, and it was classified as World Heritage by UNESCO, in 1996.

This city is the mirror of the harmonious coexistence of old and contemporary architecture. If its imposing monuments and its six bridges are a business-card for the city, Porto is also an increasingly cosmopolitan city that receives every day, thousands of people from around the world.

Those who visit the city of Porto, cannot fail to know the ‘Historical Center’, the station of ‘S. Bento’, the Church of ‘S. Francisco’ and the famous ’Torre dos Clérigos’, But if you want something more contemporary, you may also visit ’Serralves Museum’ and ‘Casa da Musica’.

Do not forget to taste the typical ‘Francesinhas’ or ‘Tripas à moda do Porto’, and if you want to venture out at night, visit the area ‘Galleries of Paris’, among many other special places.


Vila Nova de Gaia

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Whoever travels on the Douro river, cannot miss visiting the famous cellars of Vila Nova de Gaia.

You should enjoy the iconic landmarks such as ‘Serra do Pilar Monastery’ or ‘Monastery of Grijó'. Come and meet the beaches in Vila Nova de Gaia, where you can go surfing, play beach-volleyball or simply enjoy long walks or drinks, by the seafront.

You can also visit the Chapel of ‘Senhor da Pedra’ in Miramar Beach, the ‘Aguda’ known as a fishing village and also ‘Granja’ wich has one of the oldest and most famous seaside resorts of Portugal.

If you still have an extra time, visit the Biological Park, the Park & Zoo Santo Inácio or the parks and gardens of the city. (Information courtesy of Douro Azul)


Bitetos

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Bitetos is the stopping point to visit the ‘Monastery of Alpendurada’, founded during the century XI. This monastery has a unique medieval atmosphere with a high historical and cultural value, consisting of a chapel, halls with Arab influence, archways and stone walkways.

The Monastery of Alpendurada is surrounded by an extensive forest and a variety of wildlife. After several phases of restoration, this monastery reaches the XXI century conserved, but always faithful to the original features and a rich booty.

Today, the ‘Monastery of Alpendurada’ is transformed into a tourist hotel, which receives hundreds of people who let themselves be dazzled by furniture, the chandeliers of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the collection of rare restored carriages, among many other activities. (Information courtesy of Douro Azul)


Régua

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Emerged during the Roman occupation, but began to develop in the XVIII Century, during the era of the ‘Marquis of Pombal’. With the Marão Mountains in the background, Régua is the official center of the Douro Valley. A must visit for anyone who comes to Régua is the ‘Douro Museum’, founded in 2006, which presents several temporary exhibitions and a permanent exhibition installed at 43rd Warehouse Building the ‘Solar do Vinho do Porto’.

On Régua you may also visit the ‘Gardens and Palace of Mateus’ designed by architect Nicolau Nasoni and built in the XVIII Century. Visit the local shops on ‘Rua dos Camilos’ where is also located the ‘Casa do Douro’ (43rd Warehouse). Taste the ‘conventual sweets’ and the famous Régua´s Candy.

Régua invites you to walks on the rehabilitated Metal Bridge, but if you prefere you may try a longer climb to the top of the city and go to the weight known ‘Church of Nossa Senhora do Perpectuo Socorro’.

Go unwind at ‘Douro In’, on the waterfront of the river where you can have lunch or dinner and relax in the bar, while listening to good music. (Information courtesy of Douro Azul)


Lamego

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It is the second largest city in the district of Viseu.

Its foundation dates back to Roman times, but it definitely was reconquered in 1057, from the Moors. Lamego has a unique place in history for its artistic heritage and natural beauty. Visit the impressive sanctuary of ‘Nossa Senhora dos Remédios’ with no less than 686 impressive steps.

Lamego, invites to a walk in order to enjoy all the beauty that the city offers. Taste the delights of local cuisine, as are examples the ‘Bola de Carne’ from the celebrated Cathedral’s Pastry, the specialties of the ‘Restarante Novo’ and the delicious ‘Lamego’s Ham’. Do not forget to enjoy the local craft at the ‘Rua da Olaria’. (Information courtesy of Douro Azul)


Pinhão

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It is a small village of the XIX Century, located in the heart of the Douro, characterized by a unique beauty. It's called ‘heart of the Alto Douro Wine Region’ where one can find many farms that produce ‘Porto’s Wine’.


Marvel yourself with the tiles, at the iron railways station, which reflect the hustle and bustle, of the harvest of ‘Porto’s Wine’. Take the time to know the ‘Quinta de S. José’. A private property with its own pier, to which visitors are taken, on a boat since Pinhão to enjoy it. Meet this farm and feel close to nature, vineyards, olive groves and fruit trees.


Enjoy immediately on the dock of Pinhão, the famous rafters transformed into wine shops. Pinhão’s gastronomy suggestion is a soup to nuts and a cake "Borrachão". Do not forget the delicious almond sweets. (Information courtesy of Douro Azul)


Pocinho

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It is in this small village, located in the municipality of Vila Nova de Foz Coa, where is one of the famous Douro dams: Pocinho’s dam. Built in 1982, with 49 meters high and 430 wide, in this reservoir dam, it is possible to practice various water sports such as fishing, sailing, and water skiing, among others.

With the construction of the railroad of Douro and later on the railroad of Sabor, for about 100 years, Pocinho has grew, mainly near the station and along the hillside overlooking the Douro river. (Information courtesy of Douro Azul)


Vila Nova de Foz Côa

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Foz Côa is distinguished by its rock figures from the Paleolithic period found in the open, and is also a World Heritage Place. This locality has landscapes and monuments of high historical importance, where we highlight the Romanesque and Baroque churches, the solar, the archaeological site of Canivães Valley, the citadel of Taja, the Church founded by D. Dinis, among many others.

Foz Côa is also known for excellent conditions for water sports, crafts based on the embroidery and lace.

Visit Foz Côa, you will not only find a brand of the past since the Paleolithic, but also be able to appreciate and enjoy nature, wines, sausages and almond sweets. (Information courtesy of Douro Azul)


Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo

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The settlement of this region dates back to the final stage of prehistory. Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo is known for its natural beauty, but also by the historical monuments with religious architecture, churches and chapels of rare beauty.

This locality invites walking the streets, while invites contemplation of medieval heritage.

The municipality of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo presents with various tourism potentials ranging between attractiveness and diversity of the landscape scale, the festivities and features, through fish and hunting abilities. (Information courtesy of Douro Azul)


Barca d'Alva

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Here ends the navigable Douro in Portugal. From Barca d'Alva you may already see Spanish lands.

The town stands on the left side of the Douro’s river, with which the construction of the pier and railroad which link to Spain, brought new life and a new dynamism to Barca d'Alva.

This village is located in the area of the ’Natural Park of International Douro’, and has one of its most beautiful natural spectacles of the country the almond blossom. It is also famous for orange and olive trees, and had been for years, inspiring retreat for the late ‘Guerra Junqueiro’, Portuguese poet and writer.

Barca d'Alva is a reflection of the natural beauty of its landscapes and is a quiet retreat that offers its visitors. (Information courtesy of Douro Azul)


Salamanca

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Salamanca is also known as "La Dorada" because of its golden hue. As well as Porto, its historic center was considered in 1998 Historical Heritage of Humanity in 2002, and it was the European Capital of Culture.


The meeting point of the city is the ‘Plaza Mayor’, built between 1729 and 1755. But their greatest treasures are the University of Salamanca (the second oldest university in Europe, founded in 1218 by Alfonso IX of León), the Old and New Cathedrals, the Roman Bridge and others.


Anyone visiting Salamaca, cannot fail to visit the ‘Casa de las Conchas’, that it is an old sixteenth-century mansion, converted into a library. (Information courtesy of Douro Azul)


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