Barca d'Alva Things to Do
Relax by the River
Barca d'Alva is a tiny hamlet on the banks of the Douro River in Portugal, not far from the Spanish border. In the peaceful morning hours, I was able to catch this spectacular shot of the river and the bridge reflecting on the calm waters. There is a helpful tourist office right down at the river bank and some souvenir kiosks as well, and the town is surrounded by abundant olive groves and splendid vineyards, making it well worth the effort to come to Barca d'Alva. The town is a great jumping off point for a visit to the quaint old hilltop village known as Castelo Rodrigo, which you should surely not miss!
Barca d'Alva Off The Beaten Path
Everything here, stepping out of the river, is unbeaten path. But some active people are starting to use the abandoned railroad to a walk, in a wild and precious landscape.
Starting in Spanish Fregeneda (483 m high, against the 150 m high of Barca d'Alva) 17 km of extension, with a succession of 6 tunnels and bridges, provide a difficult ride, but with breathless sights.
Some ruined points must be carefully crossed, increasing the adventure feeling.Related to:
Not so promoted as the landscape a few kilometers down the river, the Douro river from Barca d'Alva to (at least) Freixo de Espada à Cinta still shows its beauty, alternating cultivated margins with wild landscape, where a wild fauna may be seen.Related to:
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