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The hills and the green valleys that melt into the Douro river and its tributaries, fields coloured by the almond tree blossom, unique animals and rare plants…In the Douro there is no shortage of breathtaking landscapes that constantly change their colours over the seasons, painting visions incomparable even to the most renown artists.

Landscape on the River Douro | © Museu do DouroLandscape of the Douro | © Museu do DouroLandscape in the Douro | © Museu do DouroLandscape in the Douro | © Museu do DouroVineyards in autumn colors | © Museu do DouroLandscape of the Douro | © Museu do DouroLandscape of the Douro | © Museu do DouroRuins of a window overlooking the vines | © Museu do DouroLandscape of the Douro | © Museu do DouroLandscape in Vila Nova de Foz Coa | © Museu do DouroSunrise in the Douro | © Museu do DouroLandscape in the Douro | © Museu do DouroLandscape in the Douro | © Museu do DouroDouro landscape at dawn | © Museu do DouroLandscape in the Douro | © Museu do DouroLandscape in the Douro | © Museu do DouroBoat travelling to Pinhão | © Museu do DouroSunrise over the vineyards | © Museu do DouroLandscape in the Douro | © Museu do DouroLandscape in the Douro | © Museu do DouroLandscape in the Douro | © Museu do DouroSunset in São João da Pesqueira | © Museu do DouroLandscape in the Douro | © Museu do DouroLandscape in the Douro | © Museu do DouroFog in the Douro | © Museu do DouroFoz do rio Tedo | © Museu do DouroDam of Bemposta | © Turismo do DouroDigitalis purpurea is a common flower in the Douro | © Melanie AntunesPeninsula of Ribeiro Escuro in Freixo de Espada à Cinta | © Turismo do DouroVineyards in the Ribeiro Escuro at Freixo de Espada à Cinta | © Turismo do Douro

"A geological poem. The absolute beauty."
in Diário XII, by Miguel Torga
(unofficial translation)

As you follow the Douro upriver the water becomes clearer and the air fresher. The hills that surround the river banks are hand sculpted with terraces lined with grapevines that produce the famous Port Wine and the other table wines of the region.

The Douro is like a canvas that changes with the seasons as it is painted with splashes of colour from the leaves and flowers of the different species of plants. In the springtime, with the almond trees in blossom, white and violet blend with the green of the trees. In the autumn, the hills and valleys are covered in a carpet of copper and browns.

The leafy green contrasts with the bright clean waters of the various rivers and tributaries that snake through the region. The river Sabor hurries through wild lands untouched by Human hands, the river Côa holds ancient treasures and the rivers Corgo Tua, Távora and Varosa encircle the heart of the wine-producing region. These are just a few examples of the Douro’s many tributaries that flow in harmony together.

This vegetation and these cliffs areis home to various endangered species, especially birds of prey that rely on the Douro river for food or on the rodents that live nearby.



The Douro region is dry in the summer and icy cold in the winter; it is a land of contrasts: the beautifully kept vineyards and almond and olive trees that appear in the local cuisine are in direct contrast with the stretches of harsh and wild terrain and the fertile highlands with their varied fruits and vegetables. 

In the region you can also find three protected areas of great environment relevance, the International Douro Nature Park, the Alvão Nature Park and the Azibo’s Lagoon Protected Landscape, where visitors can lose themselves in the beautiful landscape that ranges from spectacular views to waterfalls, springs, fluvial beaches and rare plant life that is home to wild animals and many other hidden treasures.

In the Douro region, nature lives in harmony with the farmers who are able to work the land while preserving the scenery and maintaining its beauty intact.

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