PORTO & DOURO VALLEY set aside douro river, porto, the capital of the north is one of the most eclectic destination in europe. the historic centre is a unesco world heritage site. the painted houses are postcard-perfect, the architecture is a perfect blend of medieval, art noveau, neo-gothic and modern. the valley of the river douro is a magical place. after flowing past steep escarpments close to the border, the river gradually unveils the extensive terraced vineyards on its banks, shaped by humans over the centuries. it is in this region that the famous port wine is produced, much appreciated all over the world.