Antonio Saraiva holds a degree in oenology from his years in Bordeaux, but he has spent most of his life in the city of Porto and in the Douro Valley. Both knowledgeable and passionate about this valley, which is listed as a Unesco World Heritage site, he gives us some insider tips. "I was born into a winemaking family from Douro and, for as long as I can remember, I have always loved walking through vineyards. My grandfather would say to me: "To make good wine, you have to plant in the right place: where the grapes drink up the sun and eat the dust." I’ve never forgotten that. My childhood was divided between Porto, where I went to school, and Pinhão, where I spent weekends and holidays. These two places illustrate the Douro Valley, one of the most beautiful in the world. In this Road to Happiness, I invite you to discover the river that flows between magnificent quintas…" ... Read Moreless
Hotel and restaurant in town. The lemon-yellow facade of the Casa da Calçada hints at the sunny stay that awaits at this hotel. Situated in the heart of the town of Amarante, between the bustle of Porto and the sun-dappled countryside of the Douro Valley, both less than an hour away, this building dating back to the 16th century, with its golden baroque interiors, is a favourite with those who love beauty, golf, great wine and gastronomy. Nearby you find a splendid 18-hole golf course. The hotel also produces “Vinho Verde” wines, and on-site activities include a tour of the region’s best wine “quintas” that will ensure that you never forget the differences between Tawny, Ruby, White or Vintage Port. ... Learn moreless
Built in 1944, this immense art deco building is the administrative headquarters of the Association of Wine Growers of the Douro Region. Stop to admire the five gigantic chandeliers and the magnificent modern stained-glass windows, produced by the artist Lino Antonio, which tell the story of the wine...Read More less
Hotel and restaurant in town. Settle down onto the terrace of your room and admire the panoramic view: beneath your eyes, Porto, listed as a Unesco World Heritage site, and the sinewy curves of the Douro river. The Yeatman, located in the heart of Vila Nova de Gaia, the historical headquarters of the Port wine houses, owes its name to a family of British traders who are still active: a legacy that can be found in the décor of the rooms and the great collection of Portuguese wines. The Chef showcases contemporary gastronomy in the restaurant, where food and wine pairing is an important part of the dining experience. The final touch is the choice of Caudalie and Vinotherapie® treatments for the spa. ... Learn moreless
Behind its neo-Gothic facade, this superb bookshop is a sheer delight. Opened in 1906 at 144 Rua das Carmelitas, in the university district, Lello was ranked in the top three most beautiful bookshops in the world by the British newspaper The Guardian. After leafing though a few books, you can enjoy a...Read More less
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To give you inspiration, Relais & Châteaux presents the Routes du Bonheur: Suggestions for travel itineraries that you can fully personalise according to your wishes and the experiences you would like to discover. Our consultants are available to help customise your route and assist you in making reservations at our properties. It is up to you to reserve any recommended activities on-site or nearby that might interest you.