• The Douro Valley

Douro Valley

The best single activity in northern Portugal is exploring the scenic Douro Valley — the birthplace of port wine — with its otherworldly, ever-changing terrain sculpted by centuries of hardy farmers. The Douro River's steep, craggy, twisting canyons have been laboriously terraced to make a horizontal home for grape vines and olive and almond trees. Locals brag, "God made the earth, but man made the Douro."