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 Alexandra Alexandra Ashburton Ashburton Auckland Albany Botany Junction Devonport St Heliers: St Heliers Browns Bay Parnell New Lynn: LynnMall Milford Whangaparaoa Newmarket Ellerslie Ponsonby Remuera Howick Takapuna Takanini Balclutha Balclutha Blenheim Blenheim Cambridge Cambridge Christchurch Barrington Central/City: On Victoria Upper Riccarton High Street Lanes Hornby Merivale Papanui: Northlands Riccarton: Riccarton Road Shirley Ferrymead Coromandel Coromandel Dunedin Dunedin Gore Gore Greymouth Greymouth Hamilton City East: Calder & Lawson Hamilton City: Hamilton City Hastings Hastings Havelock North Havelock North Hokitika Hokitika Invercargill Invercargill Kerikeri Kerikeri Masterton Masterton Matamata Matamata Morrinsville Morrinsville Motueka Motueka Nelson Nelson New Plymouth New Plymouth Oamaru Oamaru Orewa Orewa Palmerston North City: Stephen Parsons City: Broadway Paraparaumu Kapiti Coast Queenstown Wakatipu Rangiora Rangiora Richmond Richmond Rotorua Rotorua Taupo Taupo Tauranga Mt Maunganui Papamoa the Crossing Tauranga CBD Te Awamutu Te Awamutu Timaru Timaru Wanaka Wanaka Wanganui Wanganui Wellington City: Hunter St Lower Hutt Johnsonville City: Featherston Street Westport Westport Whangarei Whangarei 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 Insiders Guide to Spain & Portugal Read more Add or remove from Wishlist Go with the Flow. River Cruising Europe Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.