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DOURO & TRAS-OS-MONTES
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regional overview

Beyond the Marão and Alvão mountains, Trás-os-Montes is located on a high rugged plateau in northeastern Portugal. It is a land for the adventurous, with wide open spaces, granite hills, wolves and wild boar. It is medieval, with centenarian olive groves and chestnut trees, remote villages and castles. The Douro river forms the border with Spain where it winds through steep gorges full of vultures and eagles (see our chalets near Mogadouro). The Douro then flows through the beautiful Alto Douro region, famous for Port and DOC Douro wines, produced in stunning landscapes of hilltop villages and vine-covered hills (see properties near Pinhão, Régua and Mesão Frio).

properties in Region

Accommodation in Trás-os-Montes and the Alto Douro is quintessentially rural. Typically it is in large old farmhouses, Quintas (country estates and vineyards) and rural hotels, on a self-catering or bed and breakfast basis. Properties are full of country charm and are set in large grounds in the hills and overlooking the Douro river. This is an ideal way for groups to stay in this region of Portugal, escaping from city life and having a base for walking, mountain-biking and visiting vineyards. Our properties in Pinhão, Régua, Mesão Frio are in the heart of the wine region. Our chalets near Mogadouro are a great base for the gorges of the Douro International Nature Reserve.

the great outdoors

This is a region made for those who want to get off the beaten track and explore. The hills and mountains of Alvão, Marão and Montesinho are excellent walking and mountain-biking country. More adventure is available on the Douro river, starting in Miranda do Douro, where there is kayaking through steep gorges inhabited by vultures and eagles. Here, one could also explore on stand-up-paddle boards, mountain bikes and donkeys. For a gentler pace, on boat, foot or train, and stopping off in villages along the way, the scenic Douro vineyards (aroudn Pinhão, Régus, Mesão Frio) couldn't be better.

historic towns & local culture

In this rural province, settlements are small, quiet and agricultural. Places such as Mesão Frio and Valença do Douro perch high above vineyards and have a distinctly slow pace of life. On the banks of the Douro one finds the charming Pinhão and Tua, both good as stop-overs on the train. In the interior one can also visit prehistoric rock paintings, Roman mines and thermal springs. Outside Vila Real is the manor house featured on Mateus. And in Bragança, a highlight is seeing the old castle.

best times to visit

White almond blossoms cover the hillsides of the Douro in February and March, when days are cool, sunny and crisp. In May, the whole region is overflowing with cherries, which are sold on the roadside by the crate-load. When the hot summer comes, the air is filled with the sound of folk music and fireworks, from villages celebrating their saint's day. In September and October the region is alive with trucks carrying bunches of grapes, women harvesting and singing in the vineyards and families treading grapes in old granite wineries.

getting there & around

Porto is the closest international airport. It is served by TAP, Ryanair, Easyjet, KLM, Iberia, Lufthansa, Air Berlin and Swiss Air, and is a 90 minute drive from the start of the region. Count in another couple of hours to drive to more remote areas. Another option to get around is using trains from Porto along the Douro to Régua, Pinhão and Tua and then local buses to other points such as Vila Real and Bragança. Tour boats also go up-river. For those who want the freedom to explore a car is recommended.
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