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Five reasons to fall in love with the Douro Valley


The Breathtaking Views

Watch panoramas of the valley unfold from the sundeck of the luxurious Scenic Azure and taken in the verdant landscape of vineyards, olive groves and rolling hills – you won’t be able to resist capturing the incredible vistas on camera.

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The Delectable Wines

Originally the home of port wines, the palette of the Douro region has significantly evolved over the years providing us with some magnificent table wines. Take time to explore the vineyards and sample the Portuguese grape, with sensational offerings in red, white and rosé.

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The Fascinating Traditions

From fiestas to the harvest season, you’ll find so many fascinating Portuguese traditions to immerse yourself in, allowing you a true feel of the Portuguese way of life. You’ll see street concerts, dance parties, food festivals and celebrations no matter what time of year you visit this colourful and proud country.

The Delicious Cuisine

Aside from the wine, the Douro Valley is also noted for its olive and almond production, along with smoky meats and chorizo for snacking on and of course, the deliciously sweet pastéis de nata – a divine custard tart dusted with cinnamon. 

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The Magnificent Architecture

Portugal is blessed with an outstanding offering of architecture and art with grandiose neoclassic palaces in Porto and impressive Moorish castles standing on top of the rolling hills along the riverside. Make sure you get your fix of the beautiful azulejo tiles either – mainly painted blue and white, they are a stunning representation of Porto’s history and culture.

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If you would like to go and experience the joys of the Douro Valley first hand, then click here to discover our collection of luxury river cruises. Or, for more information and booking advice, visit the homepage or call our team on 0808 159 9801.