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Bay promenade, Angra do Heroismo, Terceira, Azores, Portugal, Atlantic, Europe

Bay promenade, Angra do Heroismo, Terceira, Azores, Portugal, Atlantic, Europe

© Ken Gillham

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Featured Portugal Heritage Sites Print

Dam on the Douro River, Portugal_bw

Douro, Portugal - 11 April 2014

Dam and red boat on the Douro River of Portugal.

The scenic Douro Valley, which runs from the Atlantic coast at Porto all the way into Central Spain, was the first designated wine region in the world. Its vinhateiro (winegrowing) area, devoted to vineyards from Roman times, has been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The pretty rolling hills by the Douro river are covered by terraced vineyards in whitewashed quintas (wine estates); the wine, Muscatel, Port and Madeira they produce was traditionally shipped down the river to Porto - and the world beyond - by traditional flat-bottomed rabelo boats.

During the 1950s and 60s, however, a series of locks and dams - including thois one - was constructed on the river to improve navigability. Paradoxically, this stopped the traditional transport of wine down the river by these old boats. This is now done, rather less glamorously, by tankers. Oh dear.

© Jon Bower at Apexphotos

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Porto Wine Carrying Barcos (Barges), River Douro and city skyline, Porto (UNESCO World

Porto Wine Carrying Barcos (Barges), River Douro and city skyline, Porto (UNESCO World Heritage), Portugal

© Michele Falzone / AWL Images Ltd

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