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The Douro region is the oldest vineyard in the world, declared as such in 1756 by the Marquis de Pombal, given its unique clay soils and exposure to the sun.
Its terraced hills are used to produce wines that correspond to the "Porto" and "Douro" denominations of origin, while the authenticity of its cultural landscape has also contributed extensively to the Alto Douro Vinhateiro being declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in December 2001.
With regard to historic heritage, the Douro region is also an important place in northern Portugal. It was home to prehistoric towns as well as Roman, Moorish and Christian settlements. Some of these gems are still standing today.
The region's dazzling roads with views of the river allow visitors to enjoy impressive scenery after every bend. Train, via the Douro Line, and boat are other alternatives that will allow you to explore a unique, idyllic setting.
Make Douro Royal Valley your starting point and fall in love with the charms of the Douro Valley.
Porto is one of Europe's oldest tourist destinations and the richness of its artistic heritage, port wine, extensive spaces dedicated to leisure and its excellent cultural life are some of the reasons to visit this city.
Along the river and by the sea, the city unfolds as charming scenery, attractive terraces and outdoor pleasure complemented by green spaces. Discover Porto means encountering many surprises. Its hospitable yet conservative nature means this city is also contemporary and creative. Its streets, architecture, museums, leisure spaces, terraces and shopping areas are witness to this, ranging from traditional venues to modern, exclusive spaces.
Porto's historic centre has been a World Heritage Site since 1996 and its scenic surroundings, along with its winding streets, afford it a unique beauty.
In the city port wine is present in a variety of forms: it can be discovered and experienced, but never ignored and forgotten.
The result of history crossed by cultures in successive occupations, invaded and besieged several times, but always inviting, the city of Porto is an example of living, dynamic heritage that continues to regenerate and reinvent itself while maintaining its personality. It is not restricted by stone.