PORTUGAL Road Trip: The Douro Valley

March 03, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Douro Valley, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneDouro Valley, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneDouro Valley, Portugal - 2016


After one night in Porto, we're heading out to the Douro Valley for a one-night stay in a beautiful quinta — a rustic farmhouse in the hills of the Douro Valley.

About a 1.5-hour drive from Porto — half on a proper highway, half through narrow, steep and winding mountainous roads — we've opted to stay at a quinta in Lamego, close to Peso da Regua.

After a slight mishap with the GPS (where it guided us onto a tiny stone road that dead-ended on to what seemed like a cliff, where Manon had to get out of the car and guide me as I attempted many, many times to reverse back up without going over the edge), we made it to our home for the night, Quinta da Marrocos.

 


QUINTA DA MARROCOS


There's many quintas that you can find in the area, and most folks just make it a day trip and visit a few in a few hours, but this one caught my eye. This 17th-century house is one of the oldest in valley and has maintained its own production of local fruits, olive oil, and port wines for over four generations. Decorated in a quaint country style with family antiques, the owner and his daughters welcomed us into their beautiful home and showed us the grounds, the vineyards, taught us all about wine production and daily life in the Douro Valley. 

We stayed in the main house, in a charming room (shared bathroom though at the end of the hall), had a tour of the place, got served a delicious dinner in a dining room with stunning views of the valley, sampled at least 10 different port wines, stayed up till 3 am drinking and talking on the terrace, then had a copious breakfast the next
morning in the old family kitchen with at least 8 different homemade jams and fresh baked bread. 

In short, we had a terrific time and definitely one of the best memories of Portugal!

 

Douro Valley, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneDouro Valley, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneOn our way to our Quinta for the night, couldn't help pulling over to take in these views On our way to our Quinta for the night, couldn't help pulling over to take in these views


Snaps of the Douro ValleySnaps of the Douro Valley Snaps of the Douro Valley


Douro Valley, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneDouro Valley, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneAfter a slight misdirection from the GPS, finally arrived at Quinta de Marrocos (view from the terrace) After a slight misdirection from the GPS, finally arrived at Quinta de Marrocos (view from the terrace)


Snaps of this beautiful little Quinta in Lamego Snaps of this beautiful little Quinta in Lamego 


Views from the terrace looking towards Peso da Régua Douro Valley, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneDouro Valley, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneViews from the terrace looking towards Peso da Régua Views from the terrace looking towards Peso da Régua


Douro Valley, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneDouro Valley, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneWatching boats go by on the Douro River Watching boats go by on the Douro River


Douro Valley, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneDouro Valley, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneView directly across from our terrace View directly across from our terrace


Time to walk around the grounds of Quinta de Marrocos Time to walk around the grounds of Quinta de Marrocos


Douro Valley, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneDouro Valley, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneThere's the terrace that will soon be our drinking spot for the night There's the terrace that will soon be our drinking spot for the night


Our host, Caesar (and his dog), showing us aroundOur host, Caesar (and his dog), showing us around Our host, Caesar (and his dog), showing us around


Douro Valley, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneDouro Valley, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SanePlenty of beautiful paths to explore Plenty of beautiful paths to explore


Douro Valley, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneDouro Valley, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneTime for a nice homemade dinner Time for a nice homemade dinner


So incredibly good! So incredibly good!


Douro Valley, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneDouro Valley, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneThey also make their own olive oil here, which we slathered on everything They also make their own olive oil here, which we slathered on everything


Douro Valley, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneDouro Valley, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneWalking around the cellar Walking around the cellar


Getting a tour of the port wine making process Getting a tour of the port wine making process


Cool wax tops Cool wax tops


Douro Valley, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneDouro Valley, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneIt's tasting time — my favourite time! It's tasting time — my favourite time!


Douro Valley, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneDouro Valley, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneI've discovered that I kind of like white port I've discovered that I kind of like white port


Douro Valley, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneDouro Valley, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneBut now I'm ready for that 20 year old tawny please But now I'm ready for that 20 year old tawny please


Douro Valley, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneDouro Valley, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneI think we were only supposed to taste kinds, but by the time we were done, it was more like 10 different kinds I think we were only supposed to taste kinds, but by the time we were done, it was more like 10 different kinds


Douro Valley, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneDouro Valley, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneMorning view of the Douro Valley Morning view of the Douro Valley


A few of the decorative details in this charming Quinta A few of the decorative details in this charming Quinta


Douro Valley, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneDouro Valley, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLoving this drink cart Loving this drink cart


More details — love this place! More details — love this place!


Time for breakfast in this farmhouse style kitchen Time for breakfast in this farmhouse style kitchen


Feels so homey Feels so homey 


Douro Valley, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneDouro Valley, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneTime to leave and head back to Porto Time to leave and head back to Porto


Douro Valley, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneDouro Valley, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneBut not before stopping in Peso da Régua to snap a few pics But not before stopping in Peso da Régua to snap a few pics


Douro Valley, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneDouro Valley, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SanePeso da Régua Peso da Régua


Douro Valley, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneDouro Valley, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneLast views of the valley Last views of the valley


Douro Valley, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneDouro Valley, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneSo incredibly beautiful So incredibly beautiful


Douro Valley, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneDouro Valley, Portugal - 2016 - JM Travel Keeps Me SaneGoodbye Douro Valley Goodbye Douro Valley


Photos taken | written by JENNIFER MAHON


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