Peso da Régua Travel Guide
Photo from the streets of Regua.
The vinyards of Qinta da Pacheca.
Quinta da Pacheca.
The restaurant at Quinta da Pacheca.
Visit Quinta da Pacheca.
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...
Ceramics and caricatures
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...
The boat restaurant: Enjoy the lunch on board
The cruise included the lunch. There is a large restaurant that occupied an intire floor of the boat.
Written Oct 13, 2002
Part 3 of the cruise
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...
Part 7 (last) of the cruise
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...
Part 6 of the cruise
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...
Part 5 of the cruise
Hot Land is another name for the upper part of the Douro, where Carrazeda de Ansiaes is situated. The Douro and the mountain are still the masters of the powerful scenery, the hillsides sloping down towards the river most of the time, the vineygards contrasting with the...
Part 4 of the cruise
At 12h30 we arrived at Valeira dam Floodgate (32 meters difference in level). It's a unique experience!Port wine served on board. Alijó is around here. The ecological tourism has an appointment with nature in the mouth of the river Tua. Water sports, or shoot in the forest...
Part 2 of the cruise
Near this part is the Vila Real. This ancient town has always played an important role in our History. The Cathedral, in Gothic style, the Baroque churches of Clerigos and S. Pedro, the fine mansions that the noble and rich have built, the museams, art galleries, theatre and...
Part 1 (of 7) of the cruise
We depart from Peso da Regua.The Companhia Geral dos Vinhos do Alto Douro, created in 1678, was the main reason for the development of Peso da Regua and spendid Casa do Douro is still to be found here. Its thermal springs have gained it a desrving fame but the Douro and the...
River Douro Cruise
I've done a one day cruise in the half of the portuguese part of Douro River, the one nearest to the spanish frontier. There are many other cruises. Some are for a week-end, others for a week. We depart from Regua in boat, till Barca D'alva, with lunch at board. Then we came...
Another typical boat
This is like a typical rabelo boat, those who carry the wine down the river Douro, but this one is doing tourist trips
Written Oct 14, 2002
Watch the doors closing the water of the river
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.
Written Feb 25, 2003
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Vintage House Hotel
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...
A vineyard in a staircase
The mountains are excavated like a staircase, in order to be possible to plant the vineyard. Along the river one can see all the Port Wine trademarks. If you can enlarge thid picture you will see the Offley mark.