While the magnificent Douro Valley may be best known for its terraced vineyards and historic ‘quintas’, the region cultivates other seasonal crops too – including olives and almonds. This means that, at certain times of the year, the distinct blooms of olive and almond trees can be seen among the grapevines, providing pops of colour on the Douro’s beautiful riverbanks.
Those cruising the waters of the Douro in spring may catch a glimpse of fragrant almond and olive blooms high up on the slopes of the valley. Such trees are grown commercially on dedicated produce farms, though you may spot wild varieties dotting the landscape.
Of course, if you miss the olive and almond blooms, there’s always the Douro grape harvest, which takes place in September. For wine lovers, this is considered the best time to visit the Douro, as the pickers gather the year’s crop, ready for the press. Working on the steep slopes of the Douro, pickers and farmhands will call out in greeting as your Star-Ship goes by – creating a special memory you won’t forget.
Take in the beauty of northern Portugal on a Douro river cruise.