What to visit, and how to travel through, the Douro Valley

Este é um tema recorrente nos emails que recebo. Vamos tornar esta discussão pública para podermos ajudar outros que queiram vir até cá.

A maneira mais fácil e prática de se movimentar no Douro é de carro. No entanto, se não tiver carro, há ligação de comboio desde o Porto. Se tem previsto fazer uma visita de um dia, procure chegar ao Douro o mais cedo possível. O primeiro comboio parte de Porto – Campanhã às 6.35 e chega à Régua às 8.53. Há 13 ligações diárias entre as duas cidades durante a semana e 12 ao fim-de-semana.

Se está a pensar ir mais para este até ao Pinhão ou Ferradosa, o primeiro comboio do dia sai de Campanhã às 7.25, chegando ao Pinhão às 9.41 e à Ferradosa às 10.13. Para regressar ao Porto, o último comboio parte da Ferradosa às 17.55 e do Pinhão às 18.30, chegando ao Porto às 23.30. Os horários dos comboios mudam com frequência, nem sempre para melhor, por isso recomendo que dê uma vista de olhos aos horários no site da CP antes da partida.

Se viajar de comboio, o melhor mesmo é marcar com antecedência as visitas às adegas e pedir aos produtores que o venham buscar, caso tenham possibilidade. Senão, terá de apanhar um táxi porque os autocarros são pouco frequentes e raramente passam na rota que procura. De autocarro pode ir da Régua para Lamego, da Régua para o Pinhão e para S. João da Pesqueira, mas há muito poucos autocarros ao dia. Se não vier de carro, um táxi vai fazer a sua vida bem mais fácil.

Se estiver na Régua, sugiro que vá ao Museu do Douro. É um lugar muito agradável onde poderá ficar a conhecer melhor a cultura e as gentes do Douro. Passe também pela Casa do Douro, que em tempos teve um papel muito importante na regulação do sector do Vinho do Porto. A Rota do Vinho do Porto pode também ajudá-lo a encontrar adegas que o possam receber.

Mais para este está a aldeia do Pinhão. Pela sua localização, sobre o rio Douro, na foz do rio Pinhão, do qual toma o nome, está numa posição priviligiada pela natureza, rodeada de quintas. Por lá vai encontrar nomes famosos do Vinho do Porto, mas se quiser visitar alguns desses produtores, assegure-se que marca uma visita. No Pinhão, mesmo em frente à estação de comboios, encontra-se um dos mais bonitos hotéis do Douro, o Vintage House.

Se quiser ir até à Ferradosa, a qual é ainda mais para este, em direcção a Espanha, no início da sub-região do Douro Superior, também vai precisar de antecipadamente preparar a sua visita. Na Ferradosa não há edifícios ou casas, para além da pequena estação de comboios e de um restaurante sobre o Douro a 10 minutos a pé, mas é lá que vai encontrar a mais bonita paisagem do Douro. É um lugar fantástico para visitar, mas não há autocarros ou táxis e a rede de telemóvel é muito fraca. Uma vez mais vai ter de marcar o táxi e visitas com antecedência. Ferradosa é a estação de comboios que serve S. João da Pesqueira, que é a vila onde está a nossa adega e onde se encontram a maior parte das nossas vinhas. Talvez por eu ser natural daqui ache que é em S. João da Pesqueira que vai encontrar as paisagens mais bonitas. Mas é a minha opinião, bem enviesada, e sujeita a confirmação pela sua visita. Apareça e veja por si próprio!

Oscar

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  1. Gunnar Ljunglof 28 28UTC Março 28UTC 2011 | reply
    Hi Oscar Thanks for the info. My wife and I are planning to go to Douro in september and are of course grateful for all the travel info we can get. We will have our base in Pinhao and do daytrips (with our own car) in the surrunding area. Regards // Gunnar
    • Oscar Quevedo 30 30UTC Março 30UTC 2011 | reply
      Hi Gunnar, Good to know you are planning to come over. Closer to the date let me know your plans and lets try to plan a visit to our winery. Send me an email to oscar at quevedo port wine dot com once you know your schedule.
      • Gunnar Ljunglof 31 31UTC Março 31UTC 2011 | reply
        Hi Oscar Will do. Thanks.
      • Ewa Szawel 05 05UTC Outubro 05UTC 2017 | reply
        Hi, I'm going to visit Ferradosa in 2 weeks. Could you recommend any place to stay for few days?
        • quevedo 05 05UTC Outubro 05UTC 2017 | reply
          Hi Ewa, take a look at this page, they have a great location in the heart of Ferradosa area. http://loja.douro.biz/en_GB
  2. G-man 01 01UTC Abril 01UTC 2011 | reply
    Looking forward to seeing you in may oscar!!
  3. G-man 02 02UTC Abril 02UTC 2011 | reply
    Oscar, we're having trouble finding a reasonable place in porto that's not over 200 Euros a day, can you help? If we also wanted to visit the areas around, do you suggest we stay in porto and travel from there as day trips?
    • Oscar Quevedo 02 02UTC Abril 02UTC 2011 | reply
      Hi G-man, take a look here https://www.hfhotels.com. Check the Hotel Tuela or Hotel Fenix, both are in the Boavista area, few hundred meters away from the metro, which is the best way to move around in Porto, and also close to Casa da Música. It's a nice neighbourhood. Take a look and if you don't like it we can check something else.
      • G-man 07 07UTC Abril 07UTC 2011 | reply
        Hey looks like we're probably visiting you the 12th of may. Would you be free and can we possibly arrange some transport with you? =)
        • Oscar Quevedo 08 08UTC Abril 08UTC 2011 | reply
          Seems good. I'll be in the Douro so you can take the train from Porto and I can pick you up at Ferradosa train station.
  4. Catalina 17 17UTC Agosto 17UTC 2012 | reply
    Hello, Maybe you can help me plan my family's day trip to the Douro. We want to spend a day visiting the Douro, but because there is so many vineyards and Quintas we would love to have a recommendation on a couple of vineyards or Quintas. I particularly would like to visit a smaller vineyard and a larger one, just to see the contrast. We are thinking about renting a car and driving ourselves, although we are not sure if it would be best to enlist in a tour. Any recommendations on a place to have lunch along the way? We will be coming from Porto. THANK YOU
  5. Ericka Cotton 21 21UTC Abril 21UTC 2014 | reply
    So glad I was referred to this website! My Mother and I are planning to visit Portugal in May with 2.5 days in Porto/Douro (including travel from Lisbon) I would love to get your recommendations on wineries to visit for the one-day excursion…should we go by boat into Douro and travel back by train or vise versa? We are not planning to rent a car, but would be open to a personal but reliable car/tourism vendor as well, depending on cost. Any advice? Thank you!
    • quevedo 21 21UTC Abril 21UTC 2014 | reply
      Hi Ericka, thank you for your nice words. My suggestion is that you go by boat from Porto to Régua, visit Quinta de Santa Eufémia near by Régua (take a taxi, it's not too expensive) and go back to Porto by train. For the boat you can check http://www.barcadouro.pt/cruzeiros but there are others. Another option, as the boat take few hours is that you go by train. If so, you will have time to visit Museu do Douro in Régua and have lunch at Douro IN or Restaurant CP. Enjoy!
      • Ericka Cotton 21 21UTC Abril 21UTC 2014 | reply
        This is great. I will research these options. I greatly appreciate your taking the time to get back to me so quickly. Cheers!
  6. Belj Wal 04 04UTC Março 04UTC 2018 | reply
    Hello, We are planning a trip to Porto. We would like to visit wineries and villages in the Douro valley with a guide. Can you please suggest a local agency that can help us? Thank you. Walter
    • quevedo 05 05UTC Março 05UTC 2018 | reply
      Hi Belj, I suggest you take a look into www.catavino.net. Cheers, Oscar
  7. Lidia Nascimento 13 13UTC Abril 13UTC 2019 | reply
    Hello, Thank you for this post. I am super lost, and I am usually very good at planing. After reading a lot about the wineries, I was able to chose the ones that seems most interesting, but they seem to be far from one another. We decided to stay at the Quinta de La Rosa. I really wanted to visit Quinta do Vallado and Quinta do Crasto. My question is, how do I get from winery to winery? Is it realistic to plan to uber from one spot to the other?
    • quevedo 14 14UTC Abril 14UTC 2019 | reply
      Hi Lidia, there no Uber in the Douro. The best way, if you don't have anyone with you that wants to drive, is to take a taxi from winery to winery. Enjoy!
  8. Marsha 21 21UTC Abril 21UTC 2020 | reply
    Hi Oscar, i have been searching endlessly for ideas and inputs for travels through the Douro Region. My husband told me that this is his biggest wish for his 40th Birthday, and i would like to take him for 4 full days. We are winemakers and therefore very itnerested in learning more about the region, also from a cultural perspective. Could you recomment how we shape our trip? We thought for now: arrive in Porto, train to Regua, get a drive and visit farms and villages until Pinhao (2 days), train to Ferradosa, stay there for 1 day, and then back to Regua. What can you suggest, from a travel perspective, to hotels, restaurants, any tipps are welcome. Like i mention we would like to do 4 full days. I am so greatful for your insider knowledge and thank you in advance.
    • Oscar Quevedo 22 22UTC Abril 22UTC 2020 | reply
      Good morning Marsha! First of course we'd be happy to receive you for a visit at our Quinta, we are in Sao Joao da Pesqueira, 10 mins from Ferradosa. The best part of the train ride is from Regua to Ferradosa for sure!! you'll see the landscape dramatically change and the views becoming more beautiful with each curve of the Douro. There is a lot to do in the Douro!! Regua is being transformed and slowly has more to offer in terms of quality experience for food and wine lover. There is a wine museum in Regua if you want to learn about the region and its history. Near the trains station, there are a few boutiques for wine and food. You can walk in the streets to discover the typical Douro atmosphere. Around Regua, there is Lamego, a nice city with a santuary. It is a good excercise to walk all the way up to enjoy the view. You can also get there by car. There are also a lot of Quintas offering tours, Lamelas, Pacheca, Vallado to name a few. Pinhao is a small but warm village in the middle of the Douro. The train station is beautiful and it is worth going by the river to have a beer and enjoy the beautiful view. There are a few restaurants worth there as well, I like very much Veladouro, simple grill food, but great quality. Around Pinhao there are a lot of Quintas as well, the most famous are Bomfim, Roeda, de la Rosa. De la Rosa offers are nice food experience at their restaurant too. If you want to visit small villages in the region, Favaios, Alijo, Provesende are good example. There is a nice view point in Casal de Loivos, all the way up behind Pinhao. Around Ferradosa, at the train station there is a restaurant if it can be useful. If you are in for a hike to see fantastic view on the Douro, you want to get to Sao Salvador del Mundo. Then if you'd like to visit our winery, please let us know and we can organize a visit and a tasting. Around what time of the year you would come? For with the current situation it is hard to make plans but let's hope for the best in a near future! If you have any other questions, do not hesitate. Regards

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