There are many reasons to visit northern Portugal’s Douro Valley wine region. Above all, it’s a beautiful area, with views of hilly vineyards and the winding Douro River. Plus, it’s filled with small wine estates serving gourmet food and wine made from local grape varieties.
As more and more people visit Porto in northern Portugal, it’s become tougher to get off the beaten path there. So, how do you get away from the crowds? Stay in the picturesque, riverside town of Amarante that overlooks the Tâmega River.
The picturesque village of Ortisei sits in stunning Val Gardena, in northern Italy. With foothills rising up to the meadows and jagged peaks of the UNESCO-listed Dolomites, it’s a great hiking base. Plus, Ortiesi has a rich cultural heritage and an iconic building style that make it a compelling destination.
As the hub of the South Tyrol, Bolzano offers the chance to sample an unusual Italian-German culture. Toss in some peaceful strolling spots, museums, local markets, vineyards, and scenic hikes, and Bolzano is well worth a visit.