The Douro

By | 15/03/2016

A flying visit to Porto meant an opportunity to go to the Douro, a region I’ve always wanted to explore, but never made the time.

A new motorway takes you most of the way there but the final 30 minutes is on roads so winding, they make the road over the Rimutakas look like the home straight on a Grand Prix circuit. It was queasy stomachs a go-go by the time we arrived at Quinta do Noval. Thankfully we were all back up to full strength pretty smartly.


Have you ever been somewhere that was EXACTLY how you imagined it would be? Vertiginous slopes, walled terraced vineyards clinging to every slope, the river meandering down below. Red tiled, white washed houses dotted about. I’ve always wanted to retire to Greece but I’m rethinking my plans.

I stayed at Quinta do Noval as the guest of Christian Seely, AXA Millésimes


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