Visiting the surrounding vinyards at Regua is one of the main sights of this region as this is the very heart of the portwine production.Quinta da Pacheca is one of the best and easiest places to do it as it is located just a couple of kilometers from the town of Regua and it's a 5 minute drive from town or you can even walk to the quinta.The place...more
When I was in Regua – November 2009 – I came across a wonderful exhibition of ceramics and caricatures (sometimes the two categories overlapped) in the public library. Much more interesting than I’d expected. The trompe l’oeil pieces, often with shellfish and insects crawling over plates, etc, were AMAZING. I don’t know how long it is/was meant to...more
The cruise included the lunch. There is a large restaurant that occupied an intire floor of the boat.
In this part we pass by Pinhão, which as a beautiful bridge and one of the nicest railway station. Appreciate the Portuguese tile-work in the station walls.Near is Sabrosa with a large number of manor houses built in the 15th century, when a rich and influent aristocracy settled in the territory. In one of these families was born Ferdinand...more
16h30 - Arrival at Barca D'Alva Transfer by bus to Pocinho Railway Station We are very close to the spanish frontier.Near Barca d'Alva we can visit Freixo de Espada a Cinta. It is rich in monuments, such as the most famous heptagonal tower, part of the ancient castle. the mother church, a Manueline pillory, mansions and statues. Enjoy also the...more
14h45 - Arrival at Pocinho dam Floodgate (20 meters difference in level) We are near Vila Nova de Foz Coa. here there are remains left by romans and arabs. King D. Dinis had the mother church built here. There are water sports, handicrafts (copper an tin, laces and embroidery) the sausages, and the divine cookies and sweets made of almonds, eggs...more
This is like a typical rabelo boat, those who carry the wine down the river Douro, but this one is doing tourist trips
It's amazing to climb the river in a dam!
Can you imagine how it is possible to climb or go down in order to overcame the diference of water levels in the dam?
Some boats (in our case, 1, 2 or 3) enter a large box with high walls. The box has a rectangle shape, but show us only 3 of its 4 faces. We enter by the one that is missing. Then, slowly, the forth wall appears (sometimes moving vertically, other times moving horizontally from both sides) and so, the box remains closed with its 4 faces. Then, the water rise inside the box and our boat rise to, of course, so at the end we are at the water level in the upper side of the dam.
The Vintage House is a luxury Hotel located at Pinhão, in the heart of the Douro Valley, overlooking the river.The Vintage House Hotel was converted from an old Port wine storage warehouse and incorporates features from the original building dated from the XVIII century.The Vintage House Hotel is a member of Relais & Chateaux Group and it offers a...more