The Douro Valley

I suggest 4 places to go, and a great place to stay

Pinhao, an interesting town on the Douro Valley

Casa de Mateus, this famous estate is near Vila Real

Quinta do Panascal, vineyard and port cellar , 12 minutes from Pinhao

Lamego, a beautiful church and spectacular gardens with its grand stairway

Stay at Casa Dos Barros Villa, Sabrosa not far from Pinhao

see the following posts for details.

Another way to explore is take a tour like this, Wine tours


Marlborough Information

Where to go and what to do

Look for the i SITE Visitor Centre in Picton and Blenheim


i-SITE Visitor Centres are part of New Zealand’s official nationwide Visitor Information Network.

In Picton it is on the Foreshore, and in Blenheim it is beside the railway station on the main highway through town.

They are your one stop travel shop for everything to see and do and stay in Marlborough. They are a free advice and bookings service, for all accommodation and adventures in Picton, Marlborough Sounds, and the Marlborough regions.

They offer maps, weather, guide books, information on events, restaurants & more.

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