During a beautiful summer day, I almost went for a cruise on the River Douro (Douro in Portuguese) and the output is the made from the lovely town of Peso da Regua on a boat of these that make the crossing for 50 minutes, but offered services of a full day or even a week with boats of all kinds, depends on the duration of the voyage. Going down to the "Cais do Douro" I noticed a very long cruise with many cabins and restaurant. I was curious about it, so I asked if we would be going towards it. Really looked like a big floating hotel. As we did not have much time do we settle for almost an hour watching the spectacular landscape of vineyards, noting that the river water sometimes blue and others returned as green as the color of the vines on the hills and quiet breathing. .. I recommend this short cruise as it is a very relaxing way of knowing the Douro Valley and travel case make a river between Porto and Pinhao which is the more common and where we find three locks and with different slopes to the passage of the river that possibly do in my next getaway.
In my trip to the capital of Trás-os-Montes, we crossed a natural landscape and saw a river running through deep valleys and some wonderful vineyards. Alto Douro is a living cultural landscape, in other words the Douro region is considered World Heritage by UNESCO. Also, the Duero river still retains a significant number of protected areas, such as the Natural Park Alvao. The river also goes through the historic center of Oporto, another sacred heritage by UNESCO since 1996. Trade and transport of Douro wines to the city of Porto was established in the seventeenth century when there was the first mention of "Port Wine". The Duero is now the oldest demarcated region in the world.