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 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.
The Tyrol region of Austria is a hiker’s paradise, with nearly 15,000 marked hiking trails and luxurious hiking hotels serving gourmet food.
Visit Portuguese Hill Towns to sample ancient castles, great scenery, locally produced cheeses and wine, & unique lodging.