Douro cultural landscape, driver for economic and social development

Douro River
Where we are

The Duero-Douro territory is located along the course of the Douro River, which flows for 897 km linking Castilla y León in Spain with the Northern Region of Portugal. It covers 34.084 km2, with 603 Spanish municipalities and 35 Portuguese concelhos, where over 2.6 million people live.




Duero-Douro is an emblematic territory, a cultural landscape, loaded with symbolism and heritage resources with exceptional value, which remains an economic and cultural hub. The Duero-Douro territory has a very diverse landscape: from the mountains of Picos de Urbión, and the extensive central plain area to the peneplains that precede the borderline and, finally, the Portuguese lowlands, where the river flows into the sea.

Defined clearly by its rural character, the Duero-Duoro is proud of its vineyards (the area includes several denominations of origin as Ribera del Duero or Porto and the Alto Douro Wine Region World Heritage Site), rivers, mountains, villages, people, traditions, music, gastronomy, historic towns and cities, castles, palaces, monasteries, cathedrals, archeological sites, wineries, a World Heritage city “Historic Centre of Oporto, Luiz I Bridge and Monastery of Serra do Pilar" and many protected natural areas.

Rural Heritage Hub

The main physical location for the Rural Heritage Hub is Luelmo House, in Valladolid (Spain). Occasionally other locations will be used because of the extended territory.

Doura Hub
Integrated Landscape management
Role Model