ABOVE: Porto and the Douro riverfront.
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articles about Northern Portugal
Portugal's second-largest city is also the gateway to Northern Portugal and
the port wine region. The city occupies a stunning site on granite hills
overlooking the Douro River, and the Atlantic Ocean is just a Metro ride away.
Port Wine Lodge, Porto
In Vila Nova de Gaia, across the river from Porto's old town, you
can see how Port wine is made and sip the finished products.
Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do
Not far from Pinhão, in the heart of the Douro Valley, the Amorim
family has created an award-winning "wine hotel" and winery amid 85 hectares or
210 acres of vineyards. During harvest season, you can pick and crush grapes
with the locals.
Rural Casa dos Viscondes da Várzea, Lamego
Portugal's most celebrated mother has reclaimed her family's Douro Valley wine
estate and converted the 17th Century manor house into a delightful country
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This beautiful forest has 1,400 years of
history, and its former royal palace may be Europe's least expensive grand
When you're driving south toward Lisbon, don't miss the largest and most
impressive Roman archaeological site in Portugal.