Get to know the local culture and gastronomy, discover the surrounding nature or enjoy moments inside the spaces of the Hotel. We have a selection of experiences designed to enrich your stay.
Best seat in the house
The dream picnic in one of our gardens
Enjoy a picnic in a prime spot in one of our gardens. Choose your basket and we take care of the whole scenario.
Be my guest
Exclusive, personalized and private dinner in a unique area of the hotel.
Have a unique and personalized dining experience with one of our Chefs. An exclusive dinner in one of the hotel’s spaces where the Chef is the main character.
An encounter with Nature.
The Paiva Walkways are a must see tour where you will be able to observe the biodiversity of the place, go through 5 different geosites and enjoy the feeling of being surrounded by nature.
Massage in he garden
In the soul of Douro
A deep relaxation massage in a unique location that will relieve stress and improve your well-being while being surrounded by the sounds of the river banks.
Lourenço, our Experience Manager, began working with leather out of curiosity. And that led to a passion, which has evolved into unique signature pieces. Learn the basics of this craft with him while you make a piece of your own.
Smoked sausages. When you see her at work in the Talho da Vila (the town’s butcher’s shop) you will realize immediately that she’s a tough lady. With firm hands and a broad grin, Dona Otília likes to tell her stories and explain how she makes the different types of smoked sausages and other products. [see here]
Lunch in the smokehouse. Dona Otília likes to tell her stories and explain how she makes the different types of smoked sausages and other products. Let her be your guide as you set off to explore the region’s culinary traditions. You will have the chance to have lunch at her traditional smokehouse. [see here]
In the world of raspberries.
Meet this family that once decided to plant raspberries without understanding anything about it and today has the largest plantation in the north of the country.
The best way to ensure you can enjoy seasonal products all year round is to pickle them. Our Chef will show you how to prepare a jar: the best vegetables to pickle, the herbs and spices to add, and the best techniques and recipes. We will begin with simple recipes and at the end of the session there will still be time left over to taste some of last year’s pickles.
Aromatized olive oil workshop
Olive oil is one of the favorite products in Portuguese gastronomy and it is used in food preparation, as a seasoning or salad dressing, or simply on its own. Let one of our Chefs show you some recipes for aromatizing olive oil. We begin by visiting the herb gardens to gather some aromatic herbs and then we will head to the kitchen.
Inside a glass of wine you can discover a whole world. Do not miss the famous wines of the Douro region, a "must see" during your stay.
Wine with view
A wine tasting with the Sommelier of the Hotel
Talk to our Sommelier and tell him what your preferences are. Do you like the most fruity or denser flavors? Do you prefer full bodied wines?
For those who want to appreciate several different wines, we suggest a tasting session with our Sommelier, accompanied by a board of regional products. Depending on the time of year and the weather, the experience may be held outdoors or in the À TERRA Canteen tasting area.
Immerse yourself in the traditions of Douro wines.
Quinta da Gricha is known for the Churchill’s, one of the most prestigious brands of Douro and Port wines in the world. Let yourself be taken on a guided tour where you will discover some of the processes of making these wines and stroll through the middle of the vineyards. The visit will end with an exclusive Port and Douro wine tasting.
Casa da Covela
A history that mixes with the history of the mountains of Eça de Queiroz
Casa de Covela is located on the border that separates the region of Vinho Verde, characterized by granitic soils, and the region of the Port Wines, whose soil is made of schist.
And if we have the Douro River practically at our feet, then we must enjoy it. Discover our suggestions to connect with this river and relax.
Great moments at the Douro River
Daily boat ride.
Come and enjoy a boat trip at the Douro River. If the weather is inviting you can dive in the Paiva River, considered the second cleanest river in Portugal. Oh, and do not forget the camera!
Unique moments at the Douro
An exclusive boat tour.
Come and enjoy a boat trip at the Douro River just for your group of friends. If the weather is inviting you can dive in the Paiva River, considered the second cleanest river in Portugal. Oh, and do not forget the camera!
Picnic at Ilha dos Amores
This is the ideal place for a picnic at the end of the day or for a dip if the weather is good. Whether as a couple, family or with a group of friends, we will take you there on an exclusive boat trip and set the perfect scenario.
A proposal by the Douro
What is your dream marriage proposal? On an island in the middle of the Douro, in a secret location or in a suite with incredible views. Tell us how you envisioned the moment and we will try to make it happen.
Guided tour. Get to know the history of Sapateiro Wines and its founders: Tiago and Sílvia. They will tell you some stories about green wine — the wine produced in the region — and about your life experience. [see here]
Tour and lunch with wine pairing. Sapateiro Wines is a small family farm that produces green wine. Get to know the farm, its founders and end with a wine lunch made especially for you. [see here]
Fishing on the Douro
Boat rental. Do you like fishing? We can take care of everything. Just go. [see here]
With Filipe. If you don’t have a sailor’s license but like to fish, Filipe takes you on the Mandalay boat. [see here]