Get Inspired / Europe / Portugal Inspire magazine - Portugal's new age of discovery Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Europe / Portugal Inspire magazine - Portugal's new age of discovery story by: Inspire Magazine The Douro Valley is the world's oldest legally defined wine-producing region. This is where the dozens of Port Wine varieties stocked in the cellars of Oporto originate. Either park the car for a cruise up the river, or take a slow drive through the vineyards that cloak the gentler slopes of the sometimes-rugged surrounding hills. If you opt for a boat trip you're in for a real experience as the vessels bypass the river's many dams by climbing locks at sometimes unnerving heights. The roads on the other hand zigzag up and down the mountainsides to deliver breath-taking views at practically every bend. There's not a lot of development in the valley but the area's unofficial capital, Regua, has plenty to offer the visitor who wants quaint streets, lots of local colour after dark and friendly locals. To get back to the coast for the return drive down to Lisbon you'll have to go back through Oporto, but as this is such an interesting place it's well worth a second visit. The city is renowned for it's architectural monuments, which include Gustave Eiffel's Dona Maria Bridge and the gilded interior of the Sao Francisco Church, which is plastered with over 400kg of gold! Followers of Harry Potter may also be interested to know that J.K. Rowling started writing the series here during her stint as an English language tutor. You now have a choice - follow the main road south to Lisbon, or meander through the side roads to follow the coast as much as possible. Portugal's Atlantic coast is a favourite with surfers and wind surfers, so if there's a bucket list for this fraternity, this coast should be on it. Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wakatipu: Queenstown Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist Inspire - March 2018 Read more Add or remove from Wishlist Spain and Portugal: It Takes Two to Tango Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.