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Douro Region, Portugal

Douro, since the last two thousand years has been producing wine the taste and feel of which is so unique and famous that it has influenced the socio-political and cultural history of a place.
Not only has it been recognized by the UNESCO as a World Heritage site but the world at large has loved and lauded its Port wine since its spread. Apart from the natural beauty, it also has a various castles and other historical monuments and objects of great cultural value abound in its museums. The flat bottomed boats, which ply the waters of the mighty Duoro with their wares of wine and other agricultural products, are one of the timeless objects that characterize this region.

Location of Douro
Duoro is situated in the District of Norte in the northern regions of Portugal. It is a mountainous region with natural parks, rivers and precipitous, inclined mountain walls draped in green.

Reaching Douro
Duoro can be easily reached by flight, ferry and train from all major cities of Portugal and beyond.

Sightseeing in Douro
Duoro is a valley of scenic temptations. Whether its castles, manor houses, chapels or obviously wineries that is being looked for, all can be found in this magical valley where the predominant color is green. The river meandering through the valley weaves some very exciting natural scenes and thus is the most exciting single entity in the region, lending its name to it. The river excursions form the majority of the tourist interest in the region.

Accommodations at Douro
Accommodations at Douro are excellent and provide many interesting options for both budget and luxury travelers. Pousadas are also an exciting option to explore as they provide a firsthand experience of the traditional Portuguese lifestyle with the comforts of international staraccommodation.


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