Get Inspired / Europe / Portugal Portugal’s Douro Valley Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Europe / Portugal Portugal’s Douro Valley story by: Inspire Magazine One of Europe’s most pure and unspoiled rivers, the Douro is decorated with deep cleft gorges, adorned with lush vineyards and dotted with sleepy fishing villages along its banks. A luxury river cruise is one of the best ways to journey across this enchanting and magical region, whose diversity and passion stir the soul, and where you can soak up the local atmosphere from a wonderfully stylish and sophisticated setting. Teeming with colourful cityscapes, picture-perfect scenery and historic charm, this sun-drenched Mediterranean region is truly a cultural gem. Learn the secrets about the Douro Valley’s rich cultural heritage through its many Baroque churches, Palaeolithic sites, medieval monasteries, castles, palaces and manors. Delight in the orange hues of a stunning sunset over the Douro River as you cruise into the city of Porto, as it is here where the river flows through to its outlet. As the second-largest city in Portugal, Porto is a location rich in history as a merchant and shipping hub. Today, Porto is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to the country’s port wine industry, as well as some of the tastiest restaurants in the country. > More reasons to visit Portugal To find out more call 0800 180 117, visit houseoftravel.co.nz or come instore! > Click here for all Inspire UK & Europe articles 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 Best places to travel in 2017 Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.