Douro River Valley, the winding, a terraced region that produces the country’s beloved port wine. This is Portugal’s answer to Germany’s romantic Rhine River Valley. But unlike the Rhine, the Douro was never a strategic military location. So, rather than castles and stony ramparts, visitors encounter farms and sleepy villages. The Douro is so beautiful that it throws off even the most concentrated of beings. Join My Design Agenda and discover the most outstanding places.
QUINTA DO SEIXO WINERIES
Knowing the winery and vineyards of Sandeman’s Quinta do Seixo is a must-see for anyone visiting the Douro. The Port wine brand has several already organized tours, which include wine tastings as well as tasting gourmet products such as cheeses and jams; picnics; and even naps under the trees.
QUINTA DO BONFIM
Doing a wine tasting on the porch of the Quinta do Bomfim house, which belongs to the Symington family for five generations and has a spectacular view, is a good plan. In addition to walks through the vineyards, visitors can also enjoy a rare set of photographs of the early nineteenth century Douro, as well as parts, tools, and instruments used in viticulture and winemaking.
DOURO VALLEY VIEWS
Three viewpoints await your visit – and make sure to do so with a proper camera, as they are stunning. The one of São Salvador do Mundo has a sanctuary composed of a set of small chapels and is in the left margin of the Douro. From the viewpoint of São Domingos, you can admire Mirandela, Vila Real and Bragança. And in Casal de Loivos you can appreciate what was considered by BBC as one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world.
Perfectly placed near the iconic Douro river, with a stunning view of the river, this amazing Mid-Century home is a breathtaking project, that every interior design aficionado will gaze at. The fact that it focuses on the display of the best of Mid-Century interior design, this feels like a time travel to the old yet gold days!
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