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Discover where to stay, eat and explore in the Douro Valley, a UNESCO world heritage site home to the world's largest wine-growing region.

 Vila Gale

Image: Vila Galé Collection Douro

Escape the British chill and enjoy a romantic weekend away on the Portuguese coast with our pick of unmissable sights in the Doura Valley wine region. 

Stay in a giant barrel at Quinta da Pacheca

Quinta Pacheca Barrel Hotel

Image: Quinta da Pacheca

As if the Douro Valley wasn't naturally Instagrammable enough, the Quinta da Pacheca estate provides you with the opportunity to sleep in a giant wine barrel in the middle of one of the most famous wine regions. Richardo Santos, Head of Marketing and wine tourism at Quinta da Pacheca says: "The barrel hotel concept has gone viral, we've not had to put a single euro into advertising!"

From 200-400 Euros per night, including your own private bathroom amenities, book a stay and enjoy a barrel of laughs in this novel, nature-immersed stay!

Become a winemaker for a day at the Monverde Wine Experience Hotel 

Monverde Hotel

Image: Monverde Wine Experience Hotel

Want to create a bespoke blend of wine, tailored to your own tastebuds? You'll begin your wine experience by decanting a measure of five vinho verde (green wine) grape varieties from the Quinta da Lixa vineyards to sample separately and tasting alongside your sommelier's suggested food pairings.

Once you've selected your favourite varieties, your guide will advise on the perfect ratio to create your own signature blend to take home to enjoy. You'll then have the luxury of hand corking the bottle and designing your own label - or better still getting young budding artists involved as the hotel is child-friendly!

Find more information and book an experience.

Get up close with inspiring interiors and experience wanderlust at Casa de Sezim

 Casa De Sezim Sizes

Image: Casa de Sezim

Explore this gorgeous 18th century manor house (where you'll find the same wallpaper as The Whitehouse) and get a chance to sample their award-winning vinho verde from its onsite vineyard.

With links back to the Portuguese royal family, treat yourself to a stay fit for a queen in one of its 8 rooms – you'll also be able to make use of the swimming pool, tennis court as well as enjoying walks through the surrounding hills or simply relax and enjoy a glass of their noted estate bottled wine.

Find out how to get the royal treatment.

Visit the Don at Sandeman Port wine cellar

Sandeman Port Wine Cellar

Image: Sandeman

A trip to Porto isn't complete without visiting one of the most iconic places where Port was made famous. A truly immersive experience which excites all the senses in its cool, dark, wood-scented cellar, your tour will conducted by a guide in a zorro-like costume, who'll explain the Port-making processes before paying homage to the Don with a leisurely tasting.

To book a tour, visit the wine tourism website.

Don't have time to drink a dram with the Don? Sanderman's white, tawny, ruby, reserve and late bottle vintages are all available to purchase on Amazon.

Wake up to idyllic views of the Douro Valley at Vila Galé Collection Douro

 Vila Gale

Image: Vila Galé Collection Douro

Offering a unique view over the Douro Valley vineyards and breathtaking views of the river Regua, the luxurious Vila Galé Douro is the perfect place to lay your head after a long day of wine tasting. With a large swimming pool and an expansive spa, we found it a perfect spot of respite after exploring all that Porto has to offer. We recommend booking a room with a balcony to enjoy the local wine, port and cheese you're bound to have bought!

Visit the official hotel website to book your stay today.

Explore the future of wine at the technologically-advanced Quinta do Bomfim

Quinta Do Bomfim

Image: Qunita do Bomfim

Owned by the Scottish Symington family, Quinta da Bomfim is based in Pinhao and is one of the world's leading producers of port (including the familiar Graham's, Dow's, Warre's and Cocktburn's brand) as well as premium Portuguese wine.

What makes the farm unique to others in the region is that, as well as keeping an eye on their vines via drone and satellite technology, they are able to emulate the treading of grapes (traditionally by foot) using silicon bricks to macerate the grapes and distribute the skins in the lagera to achieve the beautifully ruby-red hues.

Short on time to visit the Symington estate? Purchase a bottle of port online at Waitrose Cellar.

Dine at Michelin-Starred, Masterchef owned restaurant, DOC

 RuiPaula DOC

Image: DOC

Set in the picturesque location of Folgosa, in the heart of the Douro Valley, Chef Rui Paula's restaurant is set in Armamar, on the road along the river between Régua and Pinhão, DOC is one of the most beautiful and romantic scenic routes in the country.

Chef Rui Paula’s dishes focuses on the use of genuine regional produce: a kitchen that absorbs inspiration from the Northeast-Douro region to which the Chef gives a personal touch. However DOC’s cuisine is not only about regional products: with the sea nearby, the menu is complemented by with the best fish from the Portugeuse coast, with the Carolina rice with lobster being one of our favourites!

Should weather permit, then alfresco dining on the the suspended terrace over the river is a must to take in the breathtaking views of vineyards and shale, tranquility of the riverside villages, trains passing by on the shore, momentarily breaking the stillness around the valley.

Book your gastronomic experience at DOC.

Discover pink port and picnic at Croft-owned Quinta da Roêda

Quinta Da Roeda

Image: Quinta da Roêda.

Set in Pinhão in the heart of the Douro Valley is Croft’s picturesque flagship vineyard estate, Quinta da Roêda. Whilst Croft is typically known for it's sherry in the UK, they actually produce four types of port and extra-virgin olive oil.

During harvest time, tread the grapes in the lagares or indulge in a tasting experience hiking up the incline of the vineyard, sampling the sweet grapes straight from the vine and even enjoying a Port picnic when weather permits. Experiences range from €12 to €35, depending on the vintage, type and number of ports sampled. More information can be found on their website, and tastings can be booked via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling +351 220 109 830.

Can't wait for the Douro valley experience? Craft these Croft cocktails in the comfort of your home.

How to get to Porto 

TAP Air Portugal is Portugal’s leading airline and a member of Star Alliance. As Europe's most frequent flyer from the UK to Portugal, TAP operates up to 77 direct weekly flights from London Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester to Lisbon and Porto.

TAP Air Portugal has 2 daily departures from London Gatwick to Porto and trallevers can be at  Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport in under three hours.

Start your culinary experience soon after you board with a choice of Portuguese wines available on board, and a light meal including a Portuguese delicacy included.

Prices start at £89 return including all taxes and surcharges.

For more information, visit www.flytap.com, call 0345 601 0932 or visit the Porto and North travel site.

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