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Porto is the third destination in the annual “World's Best Places to Visit. Ranking 2017” published by U.S. News Today. The only Portuguese city on the list comes after Rome and Sydney. Behind it are Paris, London, Machu Picchu, the Grand Canyon, Phuket and more places you can not miss.

I received an invitation from Turismo do Porto! An invitation to visit the Quinta de Santa Cristina in Celorico de Basto. The reason?

Quinta de Santa Cristina was honored with the Best Of Wine Tourism award in the category Innovative Wine Tourism Experiences by the Great Wine Capitals Global Network.

I was curious and decided to accept. And that's what I did best!

The city of Porto soared 11 places up in the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) ranking and now is one of most sought-after destination for business events, namely, conferences, congresses and meetings.

The Douro Museum – a Territory Museum is the perfect gateway to discover the Douro Demarcated Region, declared a World Heritage by UNESCO as a evolving and living cultural landscape. In a multisensory approach, it creates connections throughout its territory reaching communities and projecting Douro's heritage well beyond its borders. Its creativeness and networking earned it the regional distinction of Best of Wine Tourism 2017 in the Art and Culture category.

After a first edition that matched the highest of expectations and a second one that confirmed all of Love Tiles Douro Granfondo’ potential, in 2017 the biggest cycling for all event in Portugal will go down two tracks, the one of growth and the one of internationalization, gathered under a common denominator, Friendship.

Friendship is Love Tiles Douro Granfondo theme for 2017, one of the most noble and beautiful feelings there are and that we strongly encourage towards all those who give their contribution for the success of this and other Bikeservice’s events, especially those who pedal for pleasure but also sponsors, mayors and other authorities as well as our contributors.

In 2015, we had over two thousand registrations, which immediately set a new participation record in cycling for all events in Portugal; a year later, in 2016, with the unforgettable presence of Italian cycling great Francesco Moser, we reached three thousand, clear evidence of Love Tiles Douro Granfondo’s growth potential. For 2017, the bar is raised up to 4000 cyclists and a foreign participation of around five hundred, for we also aim to show the wonders of Douro to a larger number of athletes from other countries.

In 2017, Love Tiles Douro Granfondo will have all things the previous did have – stunning landscapes, three different and challenging courses suitable for everybody, emotion, parallel activities, gifts and surprises -, besides the commitment we put in every event we set up.

All this and, of course, a lot of Friendship!

Last day for entries: April 15

Bring your family to the Douro. Don’t worry, we'll take care of everything! Contact us:

Tel: 223 393 472 | Email: [email protected] | Chat online: www.visitporto.travel 

Source: BikeService

Coming from Vila Real and descending the terraced mountain by the beautiful national road that configures amazing viewpoints at each curve of the journey, a black silhouette appears on my left. There is something subtle in the way that Quinta da Gaivosa’s new winery marks the landscape of the Alto Douro wine region.

Startling, it tells a story made of dreams and achievements, fusing into the landscape that embraces it, that of the first demarcated wine region of the world, classified as World Heritage by UNESCO.

These are more than enough reasons for Quinta da Gaivosa to be the winner of the Great Wine Capitals 2017 Best of Wine Tourism regional award in the Architecture and Landscape category.

The twentieth edition of the “Wine Oscars” - as these prizes are known for - will take place this Friday, in Porto, at the noble room of the Alfândega Porto Congress Centre. The ceremony, organized annually by Revista de Vinhos, aims to celebrate and award the commitment to excellence of the national wine-growing and gastronomy sector.

Porto

10 Wine Experiences You Can't Afford to Miss in Porto

The world epicenter of Port wine is set along the Douro River in Porto, Portugal. This charming city is easy to navigate by foot and filled with world-class restaurants, stunning tile work and architecturally diverse buildings. These nine experiences are a must for wine and Port lovers visiting Porto.

The dates for the 6th Douro Superior Wine Festival are confirmed: it will take place from 19 to 21 May (Friday to Sunday). The venue will be the same, EXPOCÔA - Exhibition Centre of Vila Nova de Foz Côa. The programme of the event is not yet closed but a live concert (on Saturday night), the conference, the Douro Superior wines contest and special wine tastings will be held again.

The dates for the 6th Douro Superior Wine Festival are confirmed: it will take place from 19 to 21 May (Friday to Sunday). The venue will be the same, EXPOCÔA - Exhibition Centre of Vila Nova de Foz Côa. The programme of the event is not yet closed but a live concert (on Saturday night), the conference, the Douro Superior wines contest and special wine tastings will be held again.

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