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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

  • Quays with a past

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

    Ribeira district in Porto

  • Grape dungeon

    They are supposed to have over 200 different ports, but we only had time to try a few of them.

    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

    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

  • 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

    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

  • Tasty tasting

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

    Graham's in Vila Nova de Gaia

  • 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.

    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

  • Sharp left

    Lisbon

  • Echoes of fado

    The steep slopes toward Bairro Alto.

    Calcada da Gloria