Quinta do Santo is located on the border of the municipalities of Baião and Mesão Frio, in the called “Doors of Douro”!
The Douro Valley could also be called enchanted valley such is the beauty and enchantment that its landscapes offer.
Departing from Porto, where the river flows and where also flows the Douro wines (table wines) and the Port (fortified wines) produced on its slopes, we can meet in several ways this Cultural Landscape, classified World Heritage: by road, by train, on a cruise ship… None of them will leave us indifferent.
On a route by the Viewpoints that offer the best views, we’ll have to cross the river from North to South and vice versa. But along the way we can admire breathtaking landscapes over the river and visit vineyards and the villages like Mesão Frio, so unique and picturesque.
At Peso da Régua, the Douro Museum gives us another perspective of wine culture and the region. Not far away, but on the South bank lays Lamego, one of the most beautiful cities in northern Portugal, located at the base of a huge blue and white tiled staircase that leads to the Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios. In Pinhão, right on the edge of the River, the railway station is a must-see visit to appreciate its old tiles dedicated to the vine culture.
Before arriving in Pocinho, we can make a detour on the South bank to visit the castle of Numão and enjoy the view over the horizon. A little further east lays the Archaeological Park of Foz Coa, an outdoor rock art gallery classified World Heritage, as well as the respective Museum in Vila Nova de Foz Coa.
Arriving in Barca de Alva we enter the Douro International Natural Park since the river from here to Miranda do Douro borders Portugal and Spain. On this route the river runs tight between high cliffs until reaching the small city where it enters in Portugal.
Up to Barca de Alva, the Alto Douro Wine Region is also the oldest demarcated wine region in the world. The river made the first work by digging deep valleys in the ground, while Man transformed the schist mountains into land and walls and planted vines, green in summer, fire color in autumn. With a wisdom inherited from generations, he leaned the terraces so that sunlight embrace the vines and give the grapes the heat that wine needs. That’s why from the fruits of the land and the work of Man this unique wine and landscape were made.