Cultour

Guided visits by architects to architectural works

Douro

Quinta da Gruta | João Álvaro Rocha | Porto | © Luís Ferreira Alves
Quinta da Gruta | João Álvaro Rocha | Porto | © Luís Ferreira Alves
Quinta do Vallado | Francisco Campos, Cristina Guedes | Douro, Régua | © Luís Ferreira Alves
Quinta do Vallado | Francisco Campos, Cristina Guedes | Douro, Régua | © Luís Ferreira Alves
Quinta do Vallado | Francisco Campos, Cristina Guedes | Douro, Régua | © Luís Ferreira Alves
Quinta do Portal | Álvaro Siza Vieira | Douro, Sabrosa |  Luís Ferreira Alves
Quinta do Portal | Álvaro Siza Vieira | Douro, Sabrosa |  Luís Ferreira Alves
Quinta do Portal | Álvaro Siza Vieira | Douro, Sabrosa |  Luís Ferreira Alves
© Luís Ferreira Alves

It’s a privilege to have, in one single geographical area two World Heritage Sites classified by the UNESCO: the Prehistoric Rock Art Sites of the Côa Valley (1988) and Douro Wine region (2001).

To meander through the slopes carved over the centuries by terraces, covered in vineyard is a treat to the eye and taste, when we recall the flavour of the most famous of the wines produced here: Port Wine.

We are welcomed by wine cellars and a museum that extent this ancestral landscape integration knowledge, such as the Quinta do Portal’s Farmhouse designed by Siza Vieira, a Vallado’ Farmhouse designed by Francisco Vieira Campos and Cristina Guedes, and the Côa’s Valley Archaeology and Art Museum, designed by Camilo Rebelo and Tiago Pimentel.

Nearby, we can also visit one of Souto Moura’s works: the Miguel Torga’s House, a Portuguese writer (1907 – 1995).