3 regions, 2 countries, 1 destination
For your next destination, choose from two countries, Spain and Portugal, and three of their regions: Castille and León, Porto and North and Central Portugal.
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- 3 regions, 2 countries, 1 destination
Castilla y León, in conjunction with the North and Central regions of Portugal, has developed a joint tourism project for the three regions that brings together similar tourist resources and products under this slogan with the great Iberian river that unites us, the Duero-Douro, as the centre point.
On these pages, which highlight the tourist attractions it holds and have the Duero-Douro as the one of the connecting features, you can plan out a great wine tour or smaller trips on this extensive trail, which stands as one of the world’s great wine rivers. The river basin is home to 18 separate designations of origin and the greatest variety of wines and vines, with wine tours promoted and organised specifically for wine tourism that take in the wealth and diversity of countryside and heritage lying between Soria and Porto over a 980 kilometre-long journey running east to west or vice versa. Start your adventure in the Douro estuary, with its port and its bridges, or at the source of the river in the Urbión mountains in Soria. You can also travel from north to south, or south to north, along its tributaries in the vast river basin, where you can find mountains and grasslands that boast 47 natural areas that have some level of environmental regulation and protection.
All of this great diversity entails a variety of agricultural and livestock output which creates a rich range of produce. This makes for a local cuisine of great depth which you can sample in restaurants, taverns, and inns all over these unique areas.
Together, the three regions contain the highest number of UNESCO world heritage sites. In total, there are 19 where you can soak up art, history, culture, and the landscape. These are joined by the biggest assortment of cathedrals in the whole of Spain and Portugal. The 28 sites feature examples from nearly all architectural styles and periods, including modern architecture.
Sephardic heritage is another part of the history and culture you can see in your travels around this large European macro-region. At present, there are 27 sites which have been honoured or recognised in some form: synagogues, houses, courtyards, cemeteries, historic sites. This number will rise and we will be adding new tourist attractions, such as museums, castles, and archaeological sites to this project.