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Miradouro Fraga do Puio

Overlooking a dramatic bend in the Douro just south of the village of Picote, this viewpoint is a dramatic spot to watch the sunset.
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Miradouro Sapinha

This roadside pullout on the N221 highway 3km north of Escalhão is one of the park's most accessible viewpoints, with sweeping views of vineyard- and orchard-clad slopes dropping into the gorge of the Rio Águeda alo…
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A Lareira

This recommended restaurant offers outstanding local beef, veal and mushrooms grilled on an open fireplace by the French-trained proprietor. The small, well-equipped rooms upstairs (single/double €25/30) are also ex…
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Miradouro Penha das Torres

Opposite the Presa de Castro dam, about 12km upstream from Miranda do Douro near the village of Paradela, the park's easternmost viewpoint is famous as the first place in Portugal to see the sun rise.
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Miradouro São João das Arribas

Just outside the village of Aldeia Nova, this viewpoint 8km northeast of Miranda do Douro sits adjacent to the clifftop chapel of São João das Arribas, with dramatic views down into the Douro canyon.
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Miradouro Penedo Durão

Westernmost of the Rio Douro viewpoints, Penedo Durão commands views down towards the Presa de Saucelle dam. It's about 56km south of Mogadouro and 51km east of Vila Nova de Foz Côa.
Viewpoint in Parque Natural do Douro ­Internacional

Miradouro Santo André

The whitewashed chapel of Santo André das Arribas stands sentinel over the Rio Águeda gorge at this southernmost of the park viewpoints.
Viewpoint in Parque Natural do Douro ­Internacional

Miradouro Carrascalinho

Drive half an hour south of Mogadouro through the village of Fornos to find this remote viewpoint overlooking the Douro gorge.