Escape for incurable romantics

DAY 1
Unwind at the charming Pousada Palácio do Freixo spa in Oporto. You’ll be blissfully relaxed and revived! Then book a romantic cruise along the River Douro and marvel in all comfort at the magnificent awe-inspiring landscapes of the World Heritage Douro Valley, the world’s oldest legally defined wine-producing region. For a truly memorable romantic setting, stay at the sophisticated Douro 41 Design Hotel in Castelo de Paiva, an elegant and sleek hotel idyllically surrounded by green hills and spectacular vineyards, just a few miles upstream from Oporto.

DAY 2
Be captivated by the stunning views of the rolling hills and the river from your private bedroom balcony while sampling one of the many superb Port wines. The beauty and serenity of the place is ideal for relaxing by the pool with your loved one, to indulge on an exclusive water-themed spa treatment or having an exquisite meal in the spectacular terrace. The location is also great for visiting many of the local wineries and to go water skiing, rafting, canoeing, jet skiing or simply fishing in the Douro and neighbouring Paiva and Arda Rivers.

DAY 3
Take the magical old steam-train to Pocinho, a little town bathed by the River Côa, and proceed by the river and appreciate the carefully terraced vineyards of the world-renowned Port wine dotted with fabulous white villas. The countryside around here is filled with lovely almond and olive groves which look fantastic when the blossoms are out in March-May. Go on a truly extraordinary discovery adventure at the heart of the Foz Côa Archaeological Park and visit in a 4x4 the world's largest collection of open-air Palaeolithic art (10,000 to 40,000-years-old). The collection of rock engravings at over 30 sites throughout the valley is considered to be one of the most important rock art sites in the world and was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998. Travelling around this majestic Park is, scenically, one of the most rewarding areas in Europe.

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