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The World Heritage Douro valley is a captivating destination for couples.
In the Gaia wine cellars, taste the Port and learn about the stages involved in its production. Old traditions highlight the symbiosis between river, land and this wine, too precious to be fully appreciated alone.
From the S. Leonardo da Galafura viewpoint, the soft smoothness of the river incites warmth and affection. Take the steam train and, with your good company, delight at the beauty of the vines layered down over granite steps.
In Pinhão, enjoy the warm nostalgia conjured up by the fine tiles decorating the station. On the south bank, head into a landscape defined by rocky bluffs and the force of nature. With the most imposing views out over the river, the S. Salvador do Mundo viewpoint is a place for festivity and romance. During the annual festival, girls seeking husbands tie knots in the woadwaxen lining local paths to ensure their beloved find their way into their arms.
As winter draws to a close, the banks of the river are enveloped in the white mists of flowering almond trees. The sun’s warmth begins to mature not only the fruits but also lovers’ hearts. And by autumn, with the vines replete in their golden and ruby fruits, the labour and happiness of harvest time bring forth that romance.
Its mild climate, a coastline of splendid beaches bathed by the Atlantic and stretching over more than 200 kilometres, a highly diversified range of accommodation, night life and sports, all help to make this region the perfect holiday destination for all seasons.
From long expanses of sand sheltered by golden cliffs to small beaches nestling amongst rocks and dunes, the choice is endless. You can also engage in all kinds of sports: diving, windsurfing, horse-riding, tennis… or, if you enjoy speed, how about testing your skills at the brand new international race circuit in Portimão? And then there’s golf, of course! There are more than 30 courses in the Algarve, some listed amongst the best in the world. But, if you like contemplating Nature, then don’t miss the chance to take a boat trip through the Ria Formosa Natural Park or up the River Guadiana.