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People of the Douro

In a land where nature rules and simplicity acquires a unique beauty, the inhabitants can be nothing but genuine. The people of the Douro will make you will feel at home, even when you are miles away. You will be greeted as a visitor but you will leave as a friend, making your stay truly unforgettable.

Old ladies a viewpoint | © Douromedia 2010 ContestThe old lady's smile | © Museu do DouroHusband gives fruit to his wife | © Museu do DouroFaces of the Douro | © Museu do Douro, Emanuel RochaChildren in the harvest | © Museu do DouroChildren play on the playground | © Melanie AntunesSunday afternoon near the Church of Freixo de Espada à Cinta | © Emanuel RochaThe Douro youth play several in instruments in local bands | © Douromedia 2010 ContestWoman in the harvest | © Museu do DouroPerson holds the national flag | © Museu do DouroMan looking at the slopes | © Museu do DouroPeople living during the party | © Melanie AntunesPassengers in Douro's railway | © Museu do DouroPassengers on Douro's railway | © Museu do DouroPassengers on the Douro railway | © Museu do DouroQuality of life | © Museu do DouroCandy seller at Régua station | © Museu do DouroI carry the history in my shoulders | © Museu do DouroPeople of Miranda do Douro | © Centro Nacional de Cultura, António CruzWomen with small business in the Douro | © Douromedia 2010 ContestMan close to degraded house | © Douromedia 2010 ContestShepard in Douro | © Sara LeãoHouses in Douro | © Sara Leão

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A region cannot only be judged on its location and its beauty. The people that inhabit and work the land also contribute to its charm. In order to truly get to know the region, you must spend time with the people and hear their wisdom. The people of the Douro are proud of their roots; they know their history and their origins well. They tell stories and local legends that have been passed down from generation to generation, ensuring the survival of their history. The best guide in the region is a local guide as no-one knows the region as they do. The older the guide, the better they will know the region and the more they will be able to teach you.

The people of the Douro have a simple way of life; they preserve their traditions and do not feel pressured to modernise. They are peaceful and hospitable; they will welcome anyone into their home. The elderly in the region often greet everyone they meet in the street to be polite, even those they do not know.

The people of the Douro are closely linked to the land they work. It is where they get their food and their sustenance. They use traditional farming methods to protect the environment and the combination of the great culinary skills in the region and the natural produce result in truly tasty dishes.

The people of the Douro are closely linked to the land they work. It is where they get their food and their sustenance. They use traditional farming methods to protect the environment. And the combination between the harvested products and great culinary skills results in truly tasty dishes.

The people of the Douro need nothing more than the Douro to live and to be happy. As guardians of this beautiful land, they are happy to share it with visitors and they will make your experience one you will remember forever.

 

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