Arribes del Duero

Once the long Douro River has crossed the city of Zamora on its way to the Atlantic, it goes south and about 100 km it form the natural border with Portugal, the longest and deepest sequence of ravines in the entire Iberian Peninsula. Such a scene can only give rise to one of the most beautiful corners of Spain, declared a Natural Park and in turn shared with our neighbor Portugal. The privileges that nature has granted to this land go beyond the wonderful landscape, as it is also one of the most recognized wine areas in the world, an enclave dotted with medieval villages that maintain surprising customs, and an ideal place to enjoy the typical dishes of Castilian cuisine.

Through the "River of Gold"

The Douro (or Golden) River runs through much of Spain but along the border with Portugal is where it takes on great relevance and expressiveness, both for its natural value and for what it has meant for the populations of this area for millennia. Reflected in each of its corners, the intimate and deep relationship of the Douro with the populations of the arribes (river banks) is still very much alive: the infinite rows of vineyards covering the slopes; the narrow streets and Romanesque jewels peeking out from every corner; the overwhelming traditions that have pierced religion and today are a paradigm of the authenticity of its people.

How to get to the "Arribes" of the Douro