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Porto. Rio Douro
10-DEC-2016

Porto. Rio Douro

The name, Latinized Durius, may have come from the Celtic tribes that inhabited the area before Roman times: the Celtic root is *dubro-.The Douro vinhateiro (winegrowing), an area of the Douro Valley in Portugal long devoted to vineyards, has been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Traditionally, the wine was taken down river in flat-bottom boats called rabelos, to be stored in barrels in cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia, just across the river from Porto. In the 1950s and 1960s, dams were built along the river, which ended this river traffic from the upper regions in Spain and along the border. Now Port wine is transported in tanker trucks.In 1998, Portugal and Spain signed the Albufeira Convention, an agreement on the sharing of trans-boundary rivers to include the Douro, Tagus and Guadiana. The convention superseded an original agreement on the Douro, signed in 1927, that was expanded in 1964 and 1968 to include tributaries.

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Nora van Beek14-Jan-2017 14:11
I love the pov that you chose to shoot this from. Just beautiful! V
Julie Oldfield30-Dec-2016 02:19
Beautifully composed. V
Frank Brault29-Dec-2016 22:46
A beautiful scene from a fine point of view. V
Fabienne29-Dec-2016 20:23
C'est une superbe vue.
Dennis Hoyne29-Dec-2016 03:13
A lovely shot from a high viewpoint!
Pieter Bos28-Dec-2016 22:00
Very nice image of the Douro river. ~V
Buz Kiefer28-Dec-2016 20:41
Splendid composition and beautiful detail and color. Very nice, Jose. Vote.
Helen Betts28-Dec-2016 19:43
Excellent perspective for this expansive view of the city and its river. V.
janescottcumming28-Dec-2016 01:20
Seems like a pretty big town. Lots of activity by the riverfront. V
peterjay4528-Dec-2016 00:33
Beautiful image, Jose.
Jim Coffman27-Dec-2016 23:50
Wow, this looks heavily populated! Nicely captured...
Nick Paoni27-Dec-2016 22:31
A wonderful view of the city and the winding river.
Neil Marcus27-Dec-2016 22:03
Beautiful tones and view. So well composed. "V"
Ika Zinka Eferl27-Dec-2016 21:19
What a fantastic view, Jose! V
Ken Chambers ARPS27-Dec-2016 21:15
I Like all the curves in the River, Jose
Ton T.27-Dec-2016 20:51
Beautiful river and city view José!
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