Quinta da Sabica
São Martinho de Anta In the heart of the Douro region, home of the writer Miguel Torga, and near Sabrosa, birthplace of Fernao de Magalhaes, the famous navigator.
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It was this once narrow and troubled river that brought prosperity to the region, as the casks full of the precious nectar, Port Wine, used to be transported downstream. In past centuries, the river was a challenge and a danger to those who sailed on it with strong and fast currents, rapids and tricky, half submersed rocks. At that time, only a small wooden boat – Rabelo boat – could sail this waters and take the wine from the Douro valley until the mouth of the river, where on both riverbanks are located the towns of Oporto and Vila Nova de Gaia.