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The Douro Valley

Get to the heart of northern Portugal’s steeply scenic Alto Douro wine region

ROAD TRIP

Before you go, download our soundtrack for the weekend. Search Lonely Planet’s profile on Spotify to find ’North Portugal Road Trip’ in our Public Playlists

FRIDAY NIGHT

You’ll be flying into Porto airport, but not yet going into Porto city. After picking up your hire car, head to the ornate town of Amarante on a bend of the Tâmega River, a tributary of the Douro. After a rustic, filling dinner at Adega Regional Quelha (mains from £5), retire to elegant rooms at the 16th-century Casa da Calçada (from £1 15). Adega Regional Quelha is on Rua de Olivença;casadacalcada.com

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In the August issue… get to know Napoleon's ruggedly beautiful home island on a Great Escape to Corsica; explore Barcelona's night-time culture with a tapas-fuelled and absinthe-boosted tour that begins at sunset; discover more original travel experiences around the Mediterranean, from Albania to Xaghra; sail the Norfolk Broads in a century-old, restored wherry yacht; and much more