Monday, June 17, 2013

Unknown places to walk - Douro Valley and river Bestança

 

It may seem strange to include a walk in the Douro Valley within the set of unknown places but there is a strong reason to do so.

As you may know, the Douro Valley is classified as World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is also the oldest demarcated wine region in the world.

After being demarcated was required to the farmers that were planted here vineyards which would produce port wine. Nowadays only the fortified wine produced in this region, according to the certified method and with certain grapes can be called port wine.

So, it is no wonder that within the demarcated region the landscape is dominated by the vineyard.

However, the geographic region of the Douro Valley is more extensive than the demarcated region and beyond the demarcated region the landscape is more diverse and it is here that we can find a small place called Porto Antigo (old Port), where the river Bestança meets the River Douro.

The landscape of the Porto Antigo is dominated by a beautiful hotel with the same name and located in anchorage that you can find here, composing an idyllic setting.

Over the past years I have been developing a set of routes along River Bestança and I believe that these routes are among the most interesting hiking I know in Portugal.

The River Bestança is considered by many to be one of the cleanest rivers of Portugal, is a hidden gem with abundant waterfalls, medieval stone bridge and villages that retain the naivety of authentic locations.

Definitively: to be visited!!!!!


David Monteiro

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