The Pousada do Porto, in Palácio do Freixo, is now part of the prestige and exclusive network of The Leading Hotels of the World. Only the most luxury, prestige and sophisticated hotels are admissible on this list comprising 430 units throughout the world.

Ribeira do Porto, at the heart of Porto’s Historical Centre, classified World Cultural Heritage By UNESCO since 1996, is on the ranking of the Most Beautiful Boroughs in Europe by Condé Nast Traveller. On this ranking are “the most charming micro worlds in Europe, boroughs with such personality that they live you a lasting impression and with the desire to live in each and every one of them”.

The organizations that make up the Bilbao-Rioja partnership (The Chambers of Commerce of Bilbao, La Rioja and Álava, the Bilbao City Hall and the Grupo Rioja have launched the 2014 Bilbao-Rioja Communication award to honor the best journalistic work in 2013 and 2014 that promotes wine tourism in our region.

Any person or organization that has published work about wine tourism in Bilbao-Rioja between June 15, 2013 and September 1, 2014 in English or Spanish is eligible to participate.

The WTO – World Tourism Organization, has published a Global Report on Shopping Tourism, as, according to Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General of the UNWTO, “Shopping is becoming an increasingly relevant component of the tourism value chain. Shopping has converted into a determinant factor affecting destination choice, an important component of the overall travel experience and, in some cases the prime travel motivation.

As “tradition” dictates, the Douro Boys have to be present at the Nos Primavera Sound, presenting their wines.