There’s something so special about vineyard landscapes no matter where you are in the world. From the rows of terraced vines and rolling hills to lush greenery and deep blue skies, wine country is a favorite in terms of scenery.
The Douro, in northern Portugal, is no exception. The ultra-steep landscape adds to the allure with its man-made stone walls that cascade along the banks of the river.
I stayed in a stunning casa in the hills and enjoyed a daily 5K walk winding past various quintas – port-making house – olive groves, as well as many locals.
At the bottom is the tiny town of Pinhao, set along the banks of the Douro, with only one main street and a beautiful old train station. The main attraction really is to enjoy the river, either on a boat, or better still, by train which chugs through beautiful scenery to the town of Pochino.
Each turn leads to a breath taking vista, each more beautiful than the previous. It’s a photographer’s dream.