(Summer vacation: 18th, 19th and 20th August 2010)
Alto Douro province, located in the Northeast of Portugal, was considered by UNESCO, in 14 December 2001, as World Heritage Cultural Landscape.The river you see on the photo is Douro, one of the major rivers of the Iberian Peninsula.The name may have come from the Celtic tribes that inhabited the area before Roman times.
The famous Port wine (Vinho do Porto) is exclusively produced in these beautiful Douro Valley mountains. Port wine is a sweet, red wine, often served as a dessert wine. For more information about it, please, click here.
On the photo, you see the famous socalcos. The vineyards are displayed in stairs.
When we travel by train, boat or car in Douro Valley, we see the names of the most famous Port wine producers, like Sandeman....
Some of these farms (Quintas) are also beautiful places to visit or stay.
This photo is from Quinta de Santo Antonio, where we have stayed during a couple of days, enjoying the exquisite landscape.
Our bedroom window's scenario...:-) marvelous, isn't it? :-)
I also like to go to Pinhao to enjoy a glass of Port in the Vintage Hotel ;-)
Douro is my place on Earth. There, I feel calm, well, plenty.
I' ve so many good memories from Douro:-)
the train travel between Regua-Pocinho: the scenario, the mountains, the Quintas, the vineyards, the river...unforgetable!!
the travel by car from Rio Torto to Douro. ;-) Just awesome!
the night we get lost in the vineyards and we were rescued by a Port wine producer ;-)
and this year, the breathtaking 4 hours ride in the mountains and the endless talks with Aida and Pedro ...;-)
I drink a glass of Port wine to Douro! And you?
Aledys, thanks for the link.