The Douro attractions

Top Choice Viewpoint in Alto Douro

São Salvador do Mundo

A series of small chapels dotting the hillside, São Salvador do Mundo makes for a stunning diversion between Pinhão and Foz Côa. Follow the signs to these stone turnouts with scenic hill, vineyard and river views. S…
Top Choice Viewpoint in Peso da Régua

Miradouro São Leonardo de Galafura

For jaw-dropping views of the Douro Valley, head for this magnificent viewpoint between Régua and Pinhão. The N313-2 relentlessly switchbacks its way into the hills northeast from Régua, arriving a half-hour later a…
Archaeological Site in Vila Nova de Foz Côa

Parque Arqueológico do Vale do Côa

Most visitors to Vila Nova de Foz Côa come for one reason: to see its world-famous gallery of rock art. Although the park is currently an active research zone, three sites are open to the public: Canada do Inferno, …
Church in Lamego

Igreja de Nossa Senhora dos Remédios

One of the country’s most important pilgrimage sites, this twin-towered, 18th-century church has a trim blue-and-white stucco interior with a sky-blue rococo ceiling and a gilded altar. The church, however, is quite…
Museum in Lamego

Museu de Lamego

Occupying a grand, 18th-century episcopal palace, the Museu de Lamego is one of Portugal’s finest regional museums. The collection features five entrancing works by renowned 16th-century Portuguese painter Vasco Fer…
Church in Lamego

Capela de São Pedro de Balsemão

Older than Portugal itself, this mysterious little chapel was probably built by Visigoths as early as the 6th century. With Corinthian columns, round arches and intriguing symbols etched into the walls, it certainly…
Monastery in Amarante

Mosteiro de São Gonçalo

Founded in 1543 by João III, the Mosteiro de São Gonçalo and Igreja de São Gonçalo weren’t completed until 1620. Above the church’s photogenic, Italian Renaissance side portal is an arcaded gallery, 30m high, with 1…
Monastery in Lamego

Mosteiro de São João de Tarouca

The stunning, massive yet skeletal, remains of Portugal’s first Cistercian monastery, the Mosteiro de São João de Tarouca, founded in 1124, stand eerily in the wooded Barosa valley below the Serra de Leomil, 15km so…
Monastery in Lamego

Mosteiro de Salzedas

With picturesque pink stone arches, the Cistercian Mosteiro de Salzedas is located 3km up the Barosa valley from Ucanha in Salzedas. This was one of the grandest monasteries in the land when it was built in 1168 wit…
Cathedral in Lamego

Older than Portugal itself, Lamego’s striking sé has been declared a national monument. There is little left of the 12th-century original except the base of its square belfry. The rest of the structure, including th…