Douro Valley is one of the most beautiful places in Portugal, worth to putting on one’s bucket list.
Breathtaking landscapes, hills covered by terraced vineyards, reflections of clouds and stars in the still river, top-notch wineries, gastronomic restaurants and Portuguese hospitality always make me want to stay longer.
Besides, the wine country is about 2 hours away from Porto and 4 hours from Lisbon. Given the distance from major cities and the beauty of the place, it is definitely worth at least an overnight stay. I recommend staying two-three nights to embrace the beauty of the region and to give yourself time to relax with some of the best views on the planet.
In recent years, wineries (“quintas”) in the Douro Valley have invested in infrastructure and many offer exquisite wine hotels including extravagant options such as in Quinta da Pacheca.
Whether you are looking to stay at a luxury hotel in the Douro Valley or for a cosy family winery stay, here are some of the best accommodation options.
Located near Lamego, Six Senses Douro Valley is set on a hill with views of the terraced vineyards and the river.
The hotel is a renovated 19th-century manor house with contemporary interiors.
Six Senses is all about luxury, spa retreats, wine tastings, wellness and yoga programs, various outdoor activities, and a heated infinity pool.
Imagine staying in a huge wine barrel at one of the most extravagant winery hotels in the Douro Valley?
The bold architectural project of suites in the form of wine barrels set in the middle of the vineyards was recently expanded to add the modern Wine House Hotel.
Experience the outdoor pool with a bar or a spa with an indoor pool.
See my little video below about Quinta da Pacheca.
Beautiful location in the heart of the vines and spectacular views.
I found this property very cozy and tastefully decorated.
The host is super friendly and will do everything to make sure guests are happy and feel at home.
Casa Relógio Do Sol house used to be a a monastery, then a family house and now it is a modern and cozy place to stay in the heart of the Douro Valley.
There are only five bedrooms. Casa Relogio de Sol is a great place to relax by the pool.
I have not stayed in the casa yet, but I saw the rave reviews and put it on my list for the next trip to Douro.
Family-owned quinta which started its history in 1815, Quinta de la Rosa is a winery famed for its premium wines and ports. It is also known for its idyllic hotel and the restaurant with a view.
Rooms are in secluded casas with mini-gardens on the ground floor.
The quinta is only 15 minutes walk from the town of Pinhão by a relatively flat road along the river.
The Vintage House is the top hotel in Pinhao, by the Douro River and steps from the Pinhao train station.
Rooms offer amazing views of the Douro River and are very cozy and comfortable.
The pool was perfect, and the breakfast is tasty and generous.
The hotel is elegant and luxurious. The Vintage House is an excellent way to enjoy Douro landscapes by the day and Douro wines at night in a cozy bar.
One other thing to say is that you will be just by the river in Pinhao, no need to take a taxi or climb the hills.
At Quinta Nova Winery House guests found themselves in luxurious rooms overlooking the vineyards and the river and surrounded by scenic and tranquil countryside.
Quinta Nova is near the Ferrao train station, it also has its own heliport and a boat dock, a restaurant, and an outdoor swimming pool.
I also loved the dry wines of Quinta Nova and the winemaking museum.
In my opinion, views from here are some of the most beautiful in the Douro Valley.
Located in Ervedosa do Douro, 15 minutes drive from Pinhao train station this charming hotel has received the Best in Wine Tourism award.
You will find amazing views over vineyards and the Douro valley, exceptional wine tasting, wine bars, a restaurant, and friendly employees.
The hotel is modern, beautifully furnished, and decorated.
Quinta de S. Bernardo Farmhouse is a small boutique hotel devoted to wine tourism and a farm-to-table experience.
The building is a former farmhouse that dates from 1912.
Guests love suites overlooking the vineyards, an organic garden, an infinity pool, and the hospitality of the staff.