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Portugal - Lock stock and barrels of port

Porto, Lisbon, Cascais, Sintra, Vila Nova de Gaia, Pinhao, Douro river, Cabo da Roca.

  • Room with a view

    The historical Ribeira district has been a commercial centre since the middle ages.

    [Praca da Ribeira in Porto]

  • Don't tell Donkey Kong about this place

    [The port cellar at Graham's in Vila Nova de Gaia]

  • Connections of steel

    Ponte Luis connects Porto to the city of Vila Nova de Gaia. The 385 meter bridge was created in 1886 by a partner of Gustave Eiffel.

    [Ponte Luis in Porto]

  • Tasty tasting

    We tried several excellent ports at Graham's, including a 1983 Vintage and a 1969 Tawny.

    [Jonas at Graham's in Vila Nova de Gaia]

  • Quays with a past

    The historical Ribeira district has been a commercial centre since the middle ages.

    [Ribeira district in Porto]

  • Grape dungeon

    A bar with only port? Only in Porto. They are supposed to have over 200 different ports, but we only had time to try a few of them. Even the ceiling is full of bottles

    [Reine at Vinologia in Porto]

  • Down the river

    Going by rabelo boat on the Douro river. These boats were traditionally used to transport the port barrels from quintas down to Porto.

    [Douro valley]

  • Down the river

    A rabelo boat on the Douro river. These boats were traditionally used to transport the port barrels from quintas down to Porto.

    [Douro valley]

  • Floating like a barrel

    [Jonas in the Douro river]

  • Dreams of Douro

    The Alto Douro wine country is the oldest demarcated wine region on the planet and even the Romans made wine on the banks of the Douro river.

    [Reine at Casal de Loivos]

  • Dreams of Douro

    The Alto Douro wine country is the oldest demarcated wine region on the planet and even the Romans made wine on the banks of the Douro river.

    [Reine at Casal de Loivos]

  • Ho ho ho and a barrel of port

    [The cellar at Quinta da Foz in Pinhao]

  • The end

    This lighthouse stands at the westernmost cape of continental Europe, where the Atlantic roars against the cliffs.

    [Cabo da Roca]

  • Follow me

    In the distance is the Ponte 25 de Abril, very similar to the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco.

    [Padrao dos Descobrimentos in Lisbon]

  • Summer breeze

    The name of the beach is derived from the visit of queen Amelia.

    [Praia da Rainha in Cascais]

  • The stones will listen

    The honey-stone Manueline cloisters features impressive arches and columns.

    [Mosteiro dos Jerónimos in Lisbon]

  • Where eagles dare

    The 9th centry Moorish castle towers above the town, at 412 meters above sea level.

    [Castelo dos Mouros in Sintra]

  • Fairy tales

    [Palacio Nacional da Pena in Sintra]

  • Just take my money

    Rui Paula's place has some amazing port, including this Niepoort Vintage 2007 which costed 400 euro a bottle.

    [DOP restaurant in Porto]

  • Follow the yellow brick tram

    [Elevador da Gloria in Lisbon]

  • One for the road

    The Bairro Alto area has watering holes in every street corner. This mexican place turned out to be a winner.

    [Mezcal in Lisbon]

  • Going up

    This elevator was designed by an apprentice of Gustave Eiffel in 1902.

    [Elevador de Santa Justa in Lisbon]

  • Another brick in the wall

    The fortification was built in the 11th century during the Moorish period, then latter enforced by the Portuguese to a total of 11 towers. Unlike most European castles it was not meant as a residence at first, but used as a royal palace in the 13th century.

    [Tower of the keep, Castelo de Sao Jorge in Lisbon]

  • Sunset blues

    [Reine at Castelo de Sao Jorge in Lisbon]

  • Reach for the sky

    Huge columns reach for the spiderweb ceiling.

    [Mosteiro dos Jerónimos in Lisbon]

  • I found it

    Vasco da Gama is buried in the impressive church.

    [Mosteiro dos Jerónimos in Lisbon]

  • Who needs a ceiling

    [Bairro Alto in Lisbon]

  • Echoes of fado

    The steep slopes toward Bairro Alto.

    [Calcada da Gloria]

  • Here be grapes

    [Reine in Pinhao]

  • Step up

    [Jonas in Porto]

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