With its unique and stunning landscape, Douro is the most romantic region in the north of Portugal. Take up our suggestion to spend three days in Douro and let yourself fall in love with this region, its wines and its good food.
Start your trip to Douro by visiting Amarante. Cross the bridge over the river Tâmega, visit the Church and the Convent of São Gonçalo and try some of the region’s most popular sweets: lérias, papos de anjos, foguetes and brisas, to name but a few. Then go to Pinhão, in the heart of the Upper Douro winegrowing region. Have lunch there and visit the railway station, decorated with panels of tiles, where we suggest starting your adventure with a nostalgic train journey through the Douro Valley.
On the second day, visit Sé Cathedral in Lamego, climb the staircase of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios and relax with a walk around the city gardens, before having dinner at one of the traditional restaurants near the Sé.
On the last day, go to Tarouca and visit the Monastery of São João, which dates back to the 12th century. Admire the medieval Ucanha bridge and the little village made up of old houses on the banks of the river.
Then visit Tormes, close to Santa Marinha do Zêzere, home to the Eça de Queirós Foundation, which carries the name of the famous 19th century Portuguese writer. To finish your trip, pass through Marco de Canaveses and visit the church designed by the architect Siza Vieira, a light-filled temple where you can have a peaceful and spiritual time.