Tuesday, 14 September 2010

My Place on Earth is...

Alto Douro Vinhateiro, Portugal

(Summer vacation: 18th, 19th and 20th of August 2010)

From Douro

Alto Douro province, located in the Northeast of Portugal, was considered by UNESCO, in 14 December 2001, as World Heritage Cultural Landscape.The river you see on the photo is Douro, one of the major rivers of the Iberian Peninsula.The name may have come from the Celtic tribes that inhabited the area before Roman times.

From Douro

The famous Port wine (Vinho do Porto) is exclusively produced in these beautiful Douro Valley mountains. Port wine is a sweet, red wine, often served as a dessert wine. For more information about it, please, click here.
On the photo, you see the famous socalcos. The vineyards are displayed in stairs.

From Douro

When we travel by train, boat or car in Douro Valley, we see the names of the most famous Port wine producers, like Sandeman....

From Douro


Ramos Pinto
and others...

Some of these farms (Quintas) are also beautiful places to visit or stay.
This photo is from Quinta de Santo Antonio, where we have stayed during a couple of days, enjoying the exquisite landscape.

From Douro

Our bedroom window's scenario...:-) marvelous, isn't it? :-)

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I also like to go to Pinhao to enjoy a glass of Port in the Vintage Hotel ;-)

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From Douro

Douro is my place on Earth. There, I feel calm, well, plenty.

From Douro

I' ve so many good memories from Douro:-)

the train travel between Regua-Pocinho: the scenario, the mountains, the Quintas, the vineyards, the river...unforgetable!!

the travel by car from Rio Torto to Douro. ;-) Just awesome!

the night we get lost in the vineyards and we were rescued by a Port wine producer ;-)

and this year, the breathtaking 4 hours drive in the mountains and the endless talks with Aida and Pedro ...;-)

I drink a glass of Port wine to Douro! And you?


Unknown said...

Oohhhh My jaw has just dropped and I can't close it from amazement! :D The landscape is absolutely incredible. How did you find the strength to EVER leave that place? And the vineyards! I would love to work in one or live in one some day. I love everything related to the process of making wine.
Fantastic, a dream holiday, dear Sandra!

Presépio no Canal said...

:-) I don't know, my dear, how I 've found the strenght to leave after 3 marvelous days. It was so difficult (the landscape, the friends)! I just leave in the end of the day to arrive in Guimaraes, where I sleept that night.
I have no family or house in Douro, but it's there I feel "me". I cannot explain.
You must go there ;-) Perhaps a week. You can participate in vindimas. (na pisa dos lagares) ;-) if you wish. ;-)

Margarida Elias said...

Que maravilha de passeio. Só fui ao Porto, mas nunca visitei o Douro na zona das vinhas. Gosto também muito de vinho do Porto...:)
Parabéns pelas fotografias. Lindíssimo tudo!

Presépio no Canal said...

Obrigada, Margarida ;-) A cidade do Porto e unica e para mim, umas das mais belas da Europa.

Unknown said...

Que lindas fotos!

Eu tive o privilégio de almoçar no ano passado, no Vintage Hotel :)

Hum, é um mimo e um ex-libris do Douro.

Um pequenino çéu na terra :)

Ainda bem que locais como estes estão a ser tratados com muito carinho.


Presépio no Canal said...

;-) e sempre um prazer ver-te por aqui ;-) Ainda nao tive esse privilegio ;-) Um dia destes, contas-me o que almocaste e recomendas. Era uma experiencia que gostava de ter ;-) So aquela vista...suspiro....


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

You have tapped into the inner regions of my background dear one; I am of Spanish heritage and there is something about this part of the world that just calls my soul.....Anita

Presépio no Canal said...

Dear Anita,

The landscape of Douro in Portugal is a bit different from the Spanish Duero landscape (the spanish name of the river). But I understand perfectly what you mean ;-) The energie of the mountains, the colours, so much passion for life...I remember so much of you when I was in Aragon, because the mountains there have different colours along the way: red, yellow, white,...

Bisous, ma cherie ;-)

TBM said...

Oh my goodness, I agree with Aledys, how did you find the strength to leave such a beautiful place? It looks so relaxing and romantic. I can't wait to visit Portugal one day soon!

Presépio no Canal said...

And it is, dear Japra, and it is ;-))

ana said...

Fotografias magníficas!
Conheço mal a zona das vinhas, do vinho do Porto, embora tenha já passeado lá perto.
Adoro um vintage!

Que locais lindos... :)

Presépio no Canal said...

Oh, um vintage ;-) Tao bom!
Posso dar uma sugestao? Fazer o percurso por comboio, nao o turistico, mas sim o regional, que vai da Regua ao Pocinho. O turistico so vai ate ao Tua.

ana said...

Logo que possa seguirei a sua sugestão.
Obrigada! :)

PATagonia said...

Oh Sandra!!! Now I can understand why Douro is your place in the world. It´s really very beautiful and it seems to be quiet, calm, with a perfect landscape. Your bedroom window´s scenario is so pretty.
What a good thing is that UNESCO considered Douro as a World Heritage Cultural landscape...
My heart is in Patagonia, but Douro could be a perfect place to live...


Presépio no Canal said...

Patricia ;-) I know it you will like it ;-)

As I like Patagonia by your photos ;-)

Thank's for stopping by ;-)

Besos ;-)

Unknown said...

Olá Sandra, as tuas fotos ficaram espectaculares, de facto, a paisagem é maravilhosa e a vossa companhia excelente.

Um abraço dos amigos Aida e Pedro

Presépio no Canal said...

Aida ;-)

Foram horas muitos boas, nao foram? ;-) A vossa companhia foi tao boa, tao boa ;-) Gostamos mesmo muito ;-)

Beijinhos aos dois. ;-)


restlessjo said...

Gorgeous! I'll bear the Hotel Vintage in mind. I hear the line to Tua is lovely too. Got to go there!

Presépio no Canal said...

Yes, it is! :-) But they are talking about to close that line! A pity!!
I suggest that you take the regional train in Regua that goes to Pocinho (Vila Nova de Foz Coa). If you go on the touristic one (the very beautiful one that reminds us of old times) you only go until Tua. The regional goes beyond the Tua until Pocinho and that part is very, very beautiful.
Don't miss it! I'm sure you will enjoy the people, the food, the landscape, etc. The North of Portugal is breathtaking!