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When to Visit Douro Valley - Six Senses

When to Visit

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High season is through June and July, with peak season over August during the Harvest period in early September, and New Year. Winery visits, wine tasting and local dining are offered throughout the year as are biking and picnics. Visit monasteries, museums and baroque churches.

Nature and Festive Seasons

December 24: Guests are invited to celebrate Christmas with a traditional dinner, focusing on the superb produce and wines of the region. Traditional celebrations also include the Midnight Mass known as "Missa do Galo" in the main Cathedral in Lamego. New Year period is celebrated with elegant events and a gala celebration with cocktails for New Year’s Eve Dinner.

There are many Easter Religious Celebrations around the region. A traditional Easter Sunday Lunch will be offered at the resort, which will also be visited by a priest to confer blessings.

This is the harvest season, when guests are invited to pick grapes alongside the locals as they have been doing since the dawn of winemaking. There’s culinary enjoyment in tasting the region’s food and vintages, and even stomping in the old pressing vats to take part in the ancient practice of crushing and pressing grapes. In September, anyone can learn the process of making one of the world’s favorite wines – Port – surrounded by the breath-taking landscapes of the Douro valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Portuguese Bank Holidays

January 1 - New Year’s Day
April 1 - Easter
April 25 - Freedom Day
May 1 - National Labour Day
May 30 - Good Friday
June 10 - Portugal's Day
August 15 - Assumption of Our Lady
December 8 - Imaculada Conceição's Day
December 25 - Christmas day


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