Douro Valley offers a unbreakable sparkling on your eyes! Alto Douro Wine Region has been recognised by UNESCO since 2001, as a World Heritage. It appears as an outstanding example of a traditional European wine-producing region, reflecting the evolution of this human activity over time. Quinta da Xandica is in the heart of this region. It offers a real flavour of the vineyards, is located beside Tavora´s River, is placed with a peaceful environment and a constant bird wheeze, very relaxant!
“The Douro valley is a magical place. I'm grateful that I booked a stay at Matilde's quinta in order to catch even a single drop of that magic. A masterful host, Matilde made me feel welcome the moment I arrived -- with a welcome platter of delicious olives, figs, and glass of port from the quinta itself. Always warm and approachable, she never hesitated to ensure my comfort and offered recommendations on things to do in the area -- which I adored and implore you to take her advice! She offers a personally cooked dinner during your stay as an option (with some sumptuous red wine from the quinta as well) for a fee -- something I was more than eager to take her up on. It's something special to have a warm, homecooked dinner when you're away from home and weary from your travels, and Matilde is a fantastic cook. The two dinners I had the pleasure of devouring were just what I needed to further immerse myself into my experience of Portugal The room is cozy and clean, and the grounds of the quinta itself are absolutely lovely. When you're back to rest and recharge -- take a dip in the pool, lay out on the patio, read a book, admire the scenery, meditate -- whatever you need to do to unwind, it is all here. Oh, and the stars. Aggressively beautiful. Take a stroll to the front of the property at night, look up, and just keep looking up. If only words could capture the beauty of even a single star in that night sky. I was the only guest during my stay, and Matilde made sure to be more than accommodating to ensure I had a comfortable and enjoyable stay. If you find yourself in the Douro Valley, entrust yourself to the caring and compassionate hands of Matilde.”
IN THE HEART OF THE DOURO, discover this new house of 60m2 with Private Pool. Quiet area with breathtaking views of the Douro Valley. Gastronomy and wines.
“Domaine Casa Valenca is a great place, it sits atop the mountain in the small village of Valenca Do Douro which is approx 15-18 minutes drive to the village of Pinhao on the Douro River. The road up the mountain can be a bit intimidating as it’s steep and narrow but it’s safe enough if you take your time! When you arrive at the house there is a gated entry and ample parking. The interior decor is modern and stylish, the kitchen is well equipped and the bed is comfortable! The living room couch is a pullout and therefore not the most comfortable but certainly acceptable! The grounds of the house area amazing, there are olive trees on site and they even make a commercial olive oil that you can buy in Pinhao, the house also has several different fruit trees including Persimmons. The best part for me was the vineyards attached to the property, there are approx 20 or so rows of vines and at the far end of the property is an old stone winery, the roof is gone but the walls and granite lagares remain intact. Every morning there are a few pastry trucks that come to the front gate and you can get fresh pastry and bread every morning! The first truck comes between 8:45-9:00am. If you plan to cook at the house it’s a great option but it’s not easy to get much in the way of groceries in Pinhao, very limited supply, you need to drive approx 30 minutes to Lamego or Viseu to the Continente grocery stores, groceries are super affordable! There is a great wine shop in Pinhao up near the end of the Main Street called Wine by Time, they have a great selection of Portuguese table wines and ports, the owner is friendly and knowledgeable. Lastly there is a very sweet older gentleman that lives in the house directly in front down the mountain, he is super friendly and maybe a bit lonely, his name is Cesar, make sure to say hello although he really only speaks Portuguese.”
A Casa do Poço é uma casa de xisto, situada em Vila Seca de Poiares, a 9 km da Régua. Inserida numa quinta com produção vitivinícola, a Casa do Poço é o local ideal para estadias em família ou pequenos grupos de amigos. Partindo da Casa do Poço é possível sair à descoberta da mais antiga região demarcada do mundo – o Douro – e ainda desfrutar da calma e tranquilidade que caracterizam este espaço. Desfrute do calor da lareira ou refresque-se piscina exterior... o melhor de cada estação no Douro!
“Our stay at Cecilia’s place was exceptional and without fault. Beautiful hillside location built above the small boutique winery, the views over the surrounding vineyards is superb. Cecilia has been our best host during our nine weeks of travel and we certainly hope to visit again. The 2 bedroom stone villa is very well appointed even with local wines and olive oil on sale at very reasonable prices. The complimentary Port was great! Highly recommend for short or long stays to explore the many highlights and wonderful scenery Douro Valley offers. - Doug (Mildura - Australia)”