The Douro River
The Douro River is 600 miles long and flows from northern Spain through
north-eastern Portugal into the Atlantic Ocean. The Douro Valley, the
birthplace of Port wine, is one of the most beautiful regions in the world to
visit, with its windy canyons, steep hillsides filled with vineyards, quaint
old world villages and natural beauty.
The Douro is often called the "River of Gold", a name that is possibly traced
back to the Celtic god of water Durius, or possibly the phrase "De ouro". which
means “gold” in Portuguese.
A cruise on the Douro is perfect for wine connoisseurs wanting to experience the region’s most well known beverage, and those wanting to discover Europe’s best-kept secret, with its spellbinding natural beauty and cultural heritage.
Porto is Portugal's second largest city; Lisbon being the largest - One of Europe's oldest cities at over 2000 years old, dating back to the Roman days - Name came from the Roman word "portus" which meant port or port city - Port wine named after the city and the region which produces and exports port wine
Portugal: Requa and Pinhao
Located at the western edge of port wine producing region - known as the center of Port wine - Vineyards sit on the steep hillsides that line the river
Portugal: Barca D'Alva
Name derived from the arched bridge that crosses the river, built in 1543 - East of the bridge is the old town center with noble mansions from the 16th and 17th century- last Portuguese village on the Douro before going into Spain
Spain: Vega de Terron and Salamanca
Vega de Terron is the stop on the river that provides the access to Salamanca - Salamanca is one of the most important university towns in Spain - Found in 1134 - UNESCO World Heritage site rich in architecture and religious culture
City notes gathered from numerous sites, including official destination tourism sites, Wikipedia, Brittanica and Lonely Travel.