Where is the Douro Valley in Portugal?

The stunning Douro River region spans northern Portugal, from Spain to the Atlantic cities of Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia. It is the main water thoroughfare by which traditional Rabelo boats used to transport fortified Port wine downriver to be stored, matured, and sold.

Where is the Douro Valley located?


Douro Duero (Spanish) Douro (Portuguese)
The river flowing through the Portuguese wine region, designated as a World Heritage Site.
Country Spain, Portugal
Physical characteristics

How do I get to the Douro Valley?

One of the best ways to travel through the Douro region is by train. The train route in Douro takes you mostly near the river, where you can have great views of the estates and vineyards in Douro. In the summer, there’s a special train track from Régua to Tua, one of the most beautiful train routes in Portugal.

How many wineries are in Douro Valley?

The Anglo-Portuguese Symington family has been in the Douro for five generations. With 26 quintas (estates) under its control, it’s the largest landowner in the region.

How many days do you need in Porto?

A full two days in Porto is enough time to hit plenty of highlights without feeling too rushed. However, having a third (or fourth) day will make for a more relaxing visit.

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Do you need a car in the Douro Valley?

There are a few ways to visit Douro Valley wineries without a car. If you are looking for a self-guided tour, you can take a train from Porto to the Douro Valley and visit several wineries, stop for lunch or a drink with a breathtaking view, or even stay a night.

How many days do you need in Douro Valley?

How much time do you need to spend in the Douro Valley? We recommend a minimum of two days to have a relaxing experience because there is a lot of driving. Ideally more if you can afford it since the region is pretty big and there are many places you can go (estates, BnBs, restaurants, view points).

Where does the River Douro start?

Where does the Douro River End?

Where can you explore the Douro Valley wine region?

The Douro Valley is one of the most ancient wine regions in the world, and also now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Check out these top sights:

  • Douro Museum in Regua.
  • The town of Lamego and the Shrine of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios.
  • The castle of Numão near Pocinho.
  • Vale do Coa Archaeological Park.
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