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Porto & the Douro
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Introducing Porto & the Douro

It's the dynamic Rio Douro that brings diversity to the province it has defined, with its granite bluffs, wine caves, medieval stone houses and steep, terraced vineyards. Romantic Porto, Portugal’s second-largest city, is at its mouth; the world’s oldest demarcated vineyards are close to the source; and scores of friendly villagesin between have always relied on it for water, food and commerce. Come for the intricately carved cathedrals, baroque churches, palatial quintas, beaux-arts boulevards and 18th-century wine cellars.

Sandwiched between the Rio Douro and the Spanish border in Portugal’s extreme northeast corner, ruggedly beautiful Trás-os-Montes is named for its centuries-long isolation ‘behind the mountains’. Here, rural life is still the region’s heart and soul, from the southwest’s steep vineyard-clad hillsides, to the olive groves, almond orchards and rugged canyonlands of the sun-baked east, and the chestnut-shaded, heathery highlands of the north.