Hotels in Douro

Northern Portugal’s dramatic Douro Valley wine region now has a resort to match. Vidago Palace, an hour’s drive northeast of historic Porto, is located in a Belle Époque mansion with 70 guest rooms decorated with Portuguese embellishments (hand-loomed rugs; traditional cement tiles).

Great Value Near Douro National Park, a small inn that offers 12 comfortable rooms.

This hotel overlooks the Corgo River from steep terraces, many of which were shaped by hand 300 years ago.

Great Value A 17th-century estate near Pinhão with six antiques-filled guest rooms. Doubles from $148, breakfast included.

From the Portuguese for "butterfly lavender", Quinta Romaneira offers a teak-and-fiberglass launch for a cruise between the grassy banks. The 1,000-acre domain is now owned by a French consortium and has two handsome manors halfway down adjacent slopes on a bend in the river.

Just south of the Douro Valley, Carmen and Paulo Romão have converted six stone structures into guesthouses with modern suites.