THE NORTH EXPERIENCE the city that gave name to portugal is the capital of the north as well as a cosmopolitan thriving city. running along is douro river, the liquid memory of porto. the modern and the traditional are hand-in-hand. the contrast between the azulejos and the granitic walls, the colorful houses and the impressive churches, is a magic formula to the charm of this destination. the douro valley, unesco world heritage site, is birthplace to the oldest demarked wine regions of the world. the douro river winds between escarpments, refreshing the extensive terraced vineyards on its banks. this is the forceful land where boasting grapes give birth to port wine.