Roberts pictures of the Douro Valley & Portugal
Recently Angela and I were able to tick off a long-standing item on our travel bucket list. This was to tour northern Portugal, and more especially the Douro Valley where port wine is made. The country side is very mountainous and with stunning views and the vineyards steeply terraced. The country folk are friendly and try to be helpful when you get lost, excepting that you can not understand a word they are saying! We sailed up the Douro River from Oporto and then travelled back by train which ran alongside the river for most of the way. Then we hired a car and drove to see the country in more detail, staying up near the Spanish border in the east in the upper reaches of the Douro. We were warned about the bad driving, but coming from Africa we found this to be fairly “normal”! The port industry is a serious business and it is no wonder that the Portuguese protect it as they do. The history goes way back. We saw some port in a cellar that is almost 150 years old. We tasted a few – not nearly that old, but they did taste like nectar!