Luxury Escapes: Uncover the Secrets of Douro Valley Region
Luxury travel offers the best and only the best. The travel elite is always looking for over the top experiences, personalized services, gourmet food, and beautiful surroundings full of allure and calm.
If you are a gourmet and most of all a wine lover and are looking for calm holidays surrounded by the best mountain views and nature, then look no further and travel to the enchanted Douro region. This incredible region is well known for the production of delicious wine and for the incredible dishes that are delivered since they all cooked with organic and sustainable products, some of them are from the gardens of the own estates. Its vast vineyards and the beautiful views of the Douro river will make you appreciate even more the fine things that life has to offer. While exploring this region, you need to visit a wine farm and taste all the delicious wines the region offers while paying homage to Douro’s fresh products and its wine production.
Explore Delightful Experiences
Knowing the winery and vineyards of Quinta do Vallado is a must-see for anyone visiting the Douro. Vallado has established in 1716 and is one of the oldest and most famous estates in the Douro Valley. It is located on the banks of the Corgo River and it belonged to the legendary Dona Antónia Adelaide Ferreira and remains to this day in the hands of her descendants. The main activity of this estate is the production of port wine, which was sold by the family’s port house – Casa Ferreira. Here you will visit their amazing winey, learn about the production of its wine, have great and private wine tastings, explore the 65 hectares of vineyards, where is possible to walk in the middle of them, and so much more.
Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo has a history of over 200 years and occupies over 120 hectares of land. It has also been listed since the first demarcation of the Douro wine region, in 1756, during the Pombaline era. Here you can visit the wine cellar, filled with barrels, and be guided by a professional team, where they will explain the production process of the estate's wines. After this, pass through the original winery, founded in 1764 and learn about the precision of vinification process and the complexity of each harvest, which involves an alliance between traditional processes - such as the fermentations conducted in the Atelier do Vinho - and the sophisticated technology of the two fully automated wine presses. Moreover, and still, in Quinta Nova, you have the Fernanda Ramos Amorim Wine Museum Centre where you will see the productive cycle of Port Wine, including items from the 19th and 20th centuries.
If you are feeling a bit more adventurous of prefer to appreciate and savor the unique landscapes that Douro Valley has to offer then three viewpoints await for your visit, where stunning views are also waiting for you. The one of São Salvador do Mundo has a sanctuary composed of a set of small chapels and is in the left margin of the Douro. From the viewpoint of São Domingos, you can admire Mirandela, Vila Real, and Bragança. And in Casal de Loivos you can appreciate what was considered by BBC as one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world.
Besides, there is also Parque Natural do Douro Internacional, one of Portugal’s thirteen natural parks. It is considered “International” from the fact that it functions as the border between Portugal and Spain. Also, driving through the park is possible and definitely worth doing, but seeing parts of the park on foot is a better way to experience the region’s flora and fauna.
Enjoy Extraordinary Luxury During Your Stay
Six Senses Douro Valley is the crown jewel of the luxury of this region and one of the best hotels in the country. While staying in this wine resort you will get VIP treatment with world-class service that will turn into incredible memories. The outstanding and renovated 19th-century manor house set high on a hill overlooking the vine-covered rolling hills with the river below, delivers incredible views while staying and relaxing. Moreover, the hotel has a spa composed by Health and Yoga programs, ten treatment rooms in which some are based in grape and wine, a warmed indoor pool with water planes, fragrant saunas, cold showers and delicate water beds, a selection of rooms, suites and villas, all with contemporary insides, the restaurant Vale do Abraão consolidates three ambiances, including an open kitchen, a wood consuming stove and incredible food, offering visitors gourmet and universal cooking delights. Besides all this, there is also a wine library where is possible to discover the 750 references of vintages from the district, gathered by two wine chiefs, and an assortment of tapas and cheeses to supplement the wine samplings and organic garden where all the products of the restaurant are from here and where you can also have garden workshops.
Experience Fine Food Mixed with Regional Roots
Douro's region is full of premium wine and unique food, its gastronomy is hearty and simply delicious. Local ingredients, fresh products are found through the dishes that are cooked at its finest. The rustic of Douro's gastronomy, the immense flavor, and top-notch presentation is what you will find while exploring the region's restaurants. Furthermore, you should definitely try The Chef’s table at Vale do Abraão restaurant located at Six Senses Douro Valley. This over the top experience is hosted for a maximum of four guests, where you will be sitting at a corner of the main kitchen. Here you will be center stage to the full action of what happens in the kitchen and feel also the adrenaline of working in this busy space. Besides, this you will enjoy top of the notch food and more direct contact with the Chef.
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