The Douro River a touristic bridge between Spain and Portugal

Elena Cruz Ruiz, Elena Ruiz Romero de la Cruz, Gorka Zamarreño Aramendia


The Douro flows along the so-called Raya Ibérica and in this research we are interested in analysing it in the framework of border tourism. This environment that was declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2001. River tourism is growing in Europe and Spain thanks to the enhancement of cultural, oenological and heritage tourism, which generates new economic development options linked to rural territory and rivers. The case of Douro is of great interest because of the connection with the oenological culture and the richness of its heritage, elements that will be studied in this analysis.


Border tourism, river cruises, Iberian raia, Douro, UNESCO

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