The Douro Region, given its unique natural features to produce excellent wines and its long history - a true human epic - embodie s the assumptions of this challenge, being, naturally,
an inspiration and a major national turist destination.
Away from the bustle and pollution and bustle of big cities, the region offers peace and tranquility getting in touch with nature on the most authent ic and unique that it has. Hills
and valleys of dense vegetation, amazing and almost unexplored paths, places to rest and sights of outstanding beauty offer moments of contact with nature. The landscapes of the Douro
South are also famous for its human dimension. Long stretches of terraces down to the riverbed scenarios composing a natural grandeur. Villages, built in schist and granite, keep itself influences
the Douro and the Beira Alta that blend into colorful frames. Hospitable people opening their doors to visitors with a smile and welcomes you with the best and most authentic regional cuisine.
The Douro South is still a real open air museum. It's history. It is history, it is art and architecture, which astonishes us every moment. It is the craft is in the hands of wise people, are
the popular festivals and the tranquility of living at place.
From super Mediterranean climate, the Valley is a hot and dry enclave, suitable for the cultivation of vines, olive, almond and fruit such as cherry, peach, orange, apple. The
farstretched landscape is so diverse, that sometimes terraced vineyards will be seen (as in the heart of the Douro until Tua) and other times spontaneous and wild vegetation will fill the
complete extension of the horizon, as in the Douro Superior.
Everywhere , manor houses, farmhouses and testimonies of wandering peoples and different cultures are indelibly landscape. Such examples are the Coa Valley encompasses the largest and
most beautiful rock art in the world, the Visigothic chapel of S. Pedro de Balsemão from the seventh century, i n Lamego or the ruins Vila Real Panóias. The medieval heritage is also intense and
deep. Castles such Numão, Marialva Penedono and the Mateus Palace and remember every moment, the strategic importance that the Douro has always assumed in history. On a balcony
of a house in a hotel or inn's pool, aboard a cruise ship that traversing the river, navigable throughout its length , is contemplating the Douro will be well recorded and stored memory of
treasure, the magic and mystery of an unforgettable region .