“The river ran slowly, as if put to sleep by the tranquillity of the month of May, embracing silently, a large sparkling stone. Beyond, the mountains emerged in the small humps, tucked in and forgotten, a small village. The immense pace was under an immense silence. (…) The gracefulness was grand.”
"The City and the Mountains", Eça de Queiróz
This River crosses Baião and houses a variety of flora and fauna due to the number of different habitats, which is characteristic of the landscape. Here, you can witness and enjoy beautiful Portuguese flora: herbs such as camomile and dandelion; shrubs such as the strawberry tree, flax-leaved daphne and tree heath; in addition to trees such as the European oak, cork oak and the European nettle tree. The land’s fertility grants conditions for the growth of a strong variety of eucalyptus and maritime pine as well as a rich agriculture of olive groves, vineyards, fig trees and corn fields. The famous orange groves are also not to be forgotten.
The Douro allows for unforgettable moments to share while enjoying a wonderful world of unequalled natural beauty, contemplating a wild flora of inconceivable colour. These are some of the tempting appeals to walk by the river be it by bicycle, on foot or car, to name a few of the many ways to explore this area.
Religious heritage, manor houses, gardens, rustic houses and hidden villages complemented with a vast and varied gastronomy: Traditionally made, prepared with good-quality products and derived from old recipes, the dishes are served with quality green wine of renown.