Staying and Tasting
The Douro Region Portal will give you some tips on what to eat and where to stay if you visit the Douro. Here you can find information on all sorts of restaurants, from the most typical and local food, to nouvelle cuisine. After a full day of discovery there’s nothing better than to rest your body and soul in some of the finest lodgings in the region. Here you can also find information on where to stay, from the most welcoming and romantic places, to the most practical and simple.
Pool overlooking the Douro | © Museu do DouroSpace for rest and relaxation in a Douro accommodation | © Museu do DouroBread, cheese, chorizo, beans with pig's ear and sprouts, and regional wine | © Melanie AntunesTable with breakfast in a accommodation in Douro | © Turismo do DouroMan cutting ham from the Douro region | © Melanie AntunesView from an accommodation in the Douro | © Turismo do DouroDining table placed outside a housing | © Turismo do DouroRabelo Boat miniature | © Museu do DouroAccommodation window | © Museu do Douro
"I get to this land and I cannot resist it. I must run through the fields, mountains and hills; I must drink the wine and taste the bread."
by Miguel Torga (unofficial translation)
When you step on the lands of the Douro for the first time, you will be dazzled by the fantastic vastness of the green mountains. Your lungs will enjoy the fresh air, and your ears, so accustomed to city noises, will be dazzled by the bird songs or by the sweet melody of the tree leaves dancing. All your senses will be sharper, including your palate, which will be delighted by the succulent and unique meals that will have the opportunity to taste.
Dishes such as the roasted baby goat, the posta à mirandesa (steak), the cozido à portuguesa (boiled meat, sausages and cabbages), the wild boar stew, the partridge on a skewer or the marinated fish are only some of the examples of this unique cuisine. Typical desserts are also true temptations. If you visit the Douro, don’t forget to try the home-made smoked sausages and cheese.
And as your appetite is satisfied and your eyes are delighted by the view, there’s nothing better than to rest in a welcoming space. There is a wide choice of levels of accommodation to suit your preference, from hotels in urban areas, to rural guest houses, cottages and manors. These are unique places that will make you feel like a member of the family, like a local or like a wine producer, according to where you stay.
From quintas sitting on the green mountains near the slopes filled with vineyards, to the depths of the most remote villages and narrow streets, accommodation also offer many types of surrounding environments.
Even though your experience will vary according to the place where you are staying, there is no doubt that your stay in the Douro will be exceptional and that you will be able to experience unique sensations and comfort guaranteed by wonderful food and resting places.