Douro’s Romanesque Architecture
This wine country vacation delves into the history and romanesque architecture in the Douro wine region. The reason the Douro Valley became the important wine region it is today is largely due to the influence of the monks who settled here in the 12th and 13th centuries.
Vacation Style Holiday TypeGuided, History/Culture
Activity Level Leisurely
This wine country vacation delves into the history and architecture if the Douro wine region.
The reason the Douro Valley became the important wine region it is today is largely due to the influence of the monks who settled here in the 12th and 13th centuries.
As you tour the landscape, discover its history and their legacy through the wealth of Romanesque architecture that exists in this area.
Balance the fascinating legends of knights and miracles with the remarkable works of skilled stonemasons.
While absorbing the history, you will, of course, have ample opportunities to enjoy home cooked local dishes at traditional restaurants accompanied by fine Douro wine and port wine.
Prices per person in double room:
Low Season: 470€
High Season ( 1 June - 30 September): 500€
- 2 nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation as described above.
- Dinner at your hotel on day 1
- Lunch on day 2
- Transfers and knowledgeable English-speaking guide on day 2
- Meals, other than breakfasts provided at your accommodation, lunch on day 2 and dinner on day 1
- Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses
- Train tickets
TRAVEL INTO THE HEART OF THE DOURO VALLEY
Catch the train from the beautifully decorated Porto São Bento station to Aregos in the Douro Valley.
We’ll be waiting for you at the station to take you to Casas do Pousadouro, peaceful accommodation on the edge of the River Douro where you can appreciate the sights and sounds of nature and stargaze at night.
There’s no need to venture out again for dinner; simply relax and savour the delicious flavours of a traditional meal in this beautiful setting.
We’ll meet you at the station and take you to check into Casa da Lavandeira, an 18th century manor house set in a forest and wine estate.
Relax by the pool or take a walk through the gardens and fields surrounding the hotel.
ROMANESQUE CHURCHES AND MONASTERIES
Your private driver/guide will collect you from your accommodation to discover the Romanesque architecture of the Douro Valley. Your first stop will be at Saint James of Valadares’ church in a fertile valley in the medieval lands of Baião. Remote and relatively untouched by later architectural influences and redesigns, it is a fine example of Romanesque structure. It has the added bonus of a wonderful set of murals.
RETURN TO PORTO
Return to Porto by train and spend the afternoon exploring the city at your own pace.