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Despite its proximity to Spain, Portugal has a lively culture and wine tradition that is uniquely its own. With diverse land that ranges from the dry western shore of the Iberian Peninsula to rugged mountains and all the vineyards in between, the Douro Valley is a European landscape for the ages. During your stay at Six Senses, sign up for a wine course or let a resident sommelier guide you through a wine library that brims with local vintages. You can also dine at one of the resort's five on-site restaurants and bars, which feature ingredients from the on-site garden, relax at the beautiful Six Senses Spa or simply wander your historic surroundings.
Ever bird watched from the air? Bird watching is a treasured pastime in the Douro Valley and guests to the Six Senses can take advantage of a helicopter tour to get on the same level as the creatures in flight.
If you're physically fit and up for a challenge, ask your butler to make arrangements for an adventure to rappel or zip line down into the River Cabrum Falls. Once at the bottom, you can hike the wet trails and sightsee.
A guided mountain bike ride through the neighboring rural paths can be arranged by the resort and tailored to your specific level of fitness. This activity is highly recommended for wine lovers looking to cruise to a vineyard.
Are you still young at heart? Six Senses has a team of tree climbing specialists who will encourage you to scale the nearest cherry or apple tree for a scenic view of the valley surrounding the estate.
Sometimes you just want to stay indoors. Order in-room dining from breakfast through late evening to indulge in traditional Portuguese dishes from the comfort of your private accommodations.
A heated indoor pool with water jets, 10 treatment rooms and state-of-the-art fitness equipment are just a few of the benefits of the on-site spa. Book a grape, papaya or wine-based massage.
For more information about vacationing in this destination, contact your Care team.
As with every Six Senses resort, you'll find a commitment to a crafted guest experience during your stay here. This includes personalized butler service, award-winning spa treatments and keen attention to detail.
It's quite common when shopping or dining in Portugal to be given a keypad to type in a your pin number when you use a debit card to make a purchase. This practice actually keeps your financial information more secure.
The months of June and July are known as the high season in the Douro Valley but mild weather, generous availability of outdoor activities and wineries that remain open year-round make Portugal an ideal destination regardless of the time of year.
In April of 2015, the resort announced the additions of Sandra Tavares da Silva and Francisca van Zeller as wine directors. These two winemakers are award-winning and will bring their expertise and skill to guests dining at Six Senses.
The mountains and river of Douro Valley help it maintain its own microclimate with distinct seasons. Summer is hot and sunny, spring and fall are ideally mild and winter cools off considerably. Rainfall is sporadic throughout the year but is rarely excessive. This perfect storm of conditions, location and fertile soil help the valley produce its fabulous, world-renowned wines.