Lamego And The Douro Valley – Portugal

Bridges near Regua in the Duoro Valley
Bridges Near Regua

Our Road-Trip Of The Douro Valley

Traversing the landscape of Portugal just wouldn’t have been worth it with a travel-sick trio of kiddie-winks in tow, so with a few days to spare ‘sans-offspring’, we wrote a must-see list and set off in our brand new, zero mileage hire car. One week later we pulled into the JAP-Car parking lot with a Thousand miles on the clock and lots of fun memories.
We chose Lamego in the Douro Valley as our home for the next few nights and we were tickled we did – the town boasts its own version of smoked ham and a sparkling wine called Espumante, what more do you need? Personally I’d be satisfied with those 2 ingredients (and a bit of fresh bread) for breakfast, lunch or tea. And apart from a great pizzeria we found one evening in the back streets behind the castle, that pretty much WAS the sum of our meals! When in Lamego…

smoked ham and cheese with a glass of Espumante in Lamego, The Duoro Valley, Portugal

A view of Lamego from the Cathedral

steps leading up to the cathedral in Lamego, the Duoro Valley, Portugal

a weird rock formation in Lamego, the Duoro Valley, Portugal
The Douro Valley is an undulating constant of neatly planted vineyards, rows of green terraces clinging to steep slopes, just going on and on with every bend you take. Little terracotta roofed Quintas dot the landscape and break up the green canvas. When we finally happen upon a town, I just love the worn painted doorways and wooden windows – I’d happily take a hundred photos of them on their own, with their rich colour palettes, but as Señor Muir likes to point out; folk would rather see pictures with humans in them. Decide for yourself…


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Vineyards on the slopes of the Douro Valley in Autumn

vineyards for Port in the Duoro Valley Portugal

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a worn out house in the Duoro Valley portugal

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Northern Douro

So, if it’s ham and fizz in one place, Port in another, when you get to Amarante you must sample the sweet pastries and Green wine. Do you recognise a theme here? With a day to kill before we caught our flight we joined the city weekenders here and another 11th century town called Guimarães. You’d definitely be forgiven for thinking Portugal is a nation of shy hermits 6 days of the week, where people sit in dark, cool Casa’s, perhaps weaving tumbleweeds to blow across the squares in the midday sun, but not on Sundays. On Sundays the squares are buzzing with locals and visitors alike, residents sat on their steps or up on their balconies, watching the world or chatting to a neighbour. Visitors sat outside bars hiding behind their sunglasses, with their cerveja’s, watching the locals watching the world. This country may appear like it’s permanently napping but I prefer to think of it as sedate and chilled – just what you need out of a holiday destination.

people sat on their doorstep in Amarante Portugal

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Amarante looking a little like Disney World
Amarante looking a little like Disney World

the sweet pastries of Amarante, the duoro valley, portugal

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Kanchan says:

    Alex, those are some seriously descriptive pics, I loved going through them! Always a pleasure to see Richie posing ;P You, my dear, look as gorgeous as always! I’ve bookmarked your blog now, you’ll see more of me…and looking forward to a hug in person later this year! xx

  2. Jurga says:

    We just booked the flights to Portugal and after reading some of your posts, I’m already sorry we wouldn’t be able to stay longer. Where to go first?! You spend so many days in just one area, we plan only one day here. Any recommendations on what we definitely shouldn’t miss in Duoro Valley?

    1. Alex says:

      Oo I can’t wait to help! We need to chat! 😉 I can’t believe you’re going to Portugal, how exciting!

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