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Book a room at the Six Senses Douro Val­ley. The ho­tel is housed in what was once the Quinta de Vale Abraão, a 19th-cen­tury manor over­look­ing slop­ing vine­yards and the gen­tly curv­ing Douro River. But that makes it sound quainter than it is. The first Six Senses re­sort in Europe, the ho­tel has been ren­o­vated in the mod­ern Por­tuguese style, com­plete with a stun­ning lin­ear ad­di­tion for the in­door pool and spa. The ho­tel’s restau­rant serves lo­cally in­spired dishes, and the wine list is — no sur­prise — ex­ten­sive. The Eno­matic, a highly cu­rated wine vend­ing ma­chine, en­sures you’re al­ways with a glass in hand. Three hours from Lis­bon, the Douro Val­ley is a UN­ESCO World Her­itage Site, and the world’s old­est ded­i­cated wine re­gion. AKA: all the rea­son you need to visit Por­tu­gal.

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