Pinhão Travel Guide

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Pinhão Things to Do

  • Port Wine

    Pinhão means... Porto. So, if you decide to go, do reserve some time, to visit one or more producers, taste and buy according to your preferences (and budget), and, most of it, let your eyes enjoy the landscape, where the beauty of the river marries the geometry of the terraces supporting the vineyards.

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  • Close-up of 'Azulejo' Scene

    The idea of using decorative ceramic tiles was introduced to Portugal by the Moors. Over the years, their use for floor, wall and ceiling decorations became even more prevalent, with widespread use in the country by 1500 onward. The tiles depict many different scenes and come in a variety of styles. Those on the Pinhao train station were created in...

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  • Portugal Wine Travel - 2006 Harvest Tour...

    2006 Harvest Tour - Part 3Like an unforgettable time on your honeymoon, there are some things that can be revisited, but they never live up to the memory of the first time. Ask any individual who spent the next four days with us in the Douro and they’ll all say the same thing regarding our exploration and exploits in the Douro. [...]Quinta do...

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  • Take a Boat Ride on the Douro

    Once in Pinhão any visitor will easily find signage for Boat Rides on the Douro river.The offer is vast and trips are relaxing & very enjoyable. I can confirm you about this by heart :)

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  • Visit the Praia Fluvial

    Praia Fluvial, the river beach, is my favourite area in small Pinhão. I guess that most of the travellers that cross Pinhão definitely miss this enjoyable area.The whole area has been totally recovered a few years ago (I'm not sure about the specifics about this) and it turn out to be much more convenient for boats to load & unload people.Pinhão's...

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  • The Tiles of Pinhão's Railway Station

    Pinhão's Railway Station is considered (probably) the most beautiful in the whole Portugal. Its exterior walls are decorated with Tile Panels depicting the Port Wine theme. The Tile Panels were painted by J.Oliveira in 1937 and produced by Aleluia factory in Aveiro (in central Portugal).Two particular Panels got particular historical attention...

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  • GREATEST Port trip ever! - by David...

    In October 2005, Mr David Spriggs toured the Port Wine vineyards & wineries in the Douro Valley. This Tip features parts of his report.GREATEST Port trip ever![...] Day 4 –[...]We awoke in the morning and packed our bags for the big move from Oporto to the Douro. We took the train from Oporto to Regua. Waiting for us there was the winemaker for...

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  • Quinta de La Rosa is a Port Wine...

    Quinta de La Rosa consists of 135 acres of A grade vineyards in the heart of the upper Douro, recently classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The property is owned by the Swedish Bergqvist family, formerly trading under the family name of Feuerheerd Bros, who have been shipping Port Wine since 1815. In 1988 Tim Bergqvist, and his daughter...

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  • Swimming surrounded by the Vineyards

    A popular saying in the Douro Valley says the Douro Valley is 9 months of Winter and 3 months of Hell !!!Well..., the three months of hell emphasis how HOT the weather might be during Summer time. I've been there and can tell about that :-), hehehe ... Anyway, when the weather gets that hot, nothing better that just take a swim in a swimming pool...

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  • Mini cruise on the Douro

    The Rabelo boat, it is a typical boat from Porto. This kind of boats is not used anymore , except to tourism trips along the river.In old times those were the boats that brought the Port wine in big barrels fromthe "quintas", to the cellars in Porto and Gaia.You can take part of a mini cruise on a rabela boat. You start from Pinhao for about 2 at 3...

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  • Famous railway station

    This station has 24 azulejos, representing all subjects of the region.The trip by steam train from the well known railway station at Pinhao to Regua is fascinating, it takes about 1 hour 30 minutes, and you can take the trip back to Pinhao with a cruise boat.The region is still served by narrow gauge railways that cling to the sides of the...

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  • Where Port Wine Originates!

    This view of the Douro River is typical of what you will see between Peso da Regua and Pinhao. This part of the river is actually close to the eastern end of the demarcated region whose grapes are officially allowed to be transformed into Port. The region runs eastward from here to the Spanish border and also includes production areas on some of...

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  • Surrounding landscapes

    Last but not the least, … the awesome landscapes that surround Pinhão! Pinhão is situated on a valley, surrounded by mountains and bathed by the River as I mentioned before. Although the day we visited the sky was cloudy and it had been raining, the involving mountains covered in green vineyards and reflected on the River made an impressive...

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  • Farms and Manor Houses

    Pinhão is famous for the vineyards and the farms where they are situated – on the slopes of the mountain, overlooking the River Douro and River Pinhão. Some of this farms and manor houses are opened to the public (under appointment) and visitors may go on a guided tour around the farm – some of them provide 4wd vehicles for that purpose. The best...

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  • The River

    Pinhão is bathed by River Pinhão, and is near River Douro; actually this small lovely village is situated where River Pinhão meets River Douro. River Pinhão is shaded green after the green slopes of the mountain covered in vineyards, trees and local vegetation, providing a peaceful landscape that delights the visitors.Also, visitors and locals may...

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  • Metallic Bridge

    The metallic bridge that connects both sides of River Pinhão is also a main landmark in the village. The bridge dates from the 19th century and it was designed/projected by Eifel. Nowadays, the bridge is considered as a national masterpiece. If you are interested in this type of structure, you may also observe it from underneath and right on top,...

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  • Barco Rabelo

    It is a typical boat used in River and typical of the Douro area. It is built in wood and it was formerly used to transport the barrels filled with wine. You may also see these boats in bigger cities such as Porto or Régua, both bathed by this same river (Douro) and both deeply connected with the wine production and commerce.

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  • Marina

    As the village is bathed by River Pinhão (which is navigable) it has a small marina. The path that runs along the marina is a quiet and nice place for a stroll. The path runs by Vintage House Hotel, allowing you to admire this nice building and also the metallic bridge. For boat admirers, some modern yachts may be seen as well as the typical wooden...

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Pinhão Restaurants

  • Friendly owner and great food at a good...

    Ponto Grande is located on the main street in Pinhao. Opening for dinner at 7:30 - 8:00 pm. Typical chunky table and chairs, tiled walls. A real family ambience, you fell you're at someone's home. We met the owner on the street in the afternoon as I was looking for a menu in the window. He was very nice, spoke English and said come back at 7:30....

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  • Food from the north of Portugal

    Silval Rural Wine Hotel, near Pinhão, has a restaurant that welcomes passing by visitors for either lunch and/or dinner.Food to be served is generally the typical local food from the north of Portugal, the Trás-os-Montes region.Wines being served, by request, are Dorna Velha for the Douro Reds and Magalhães for the Ports, the brands produced at the...

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Pinhão Transportation

  • Take the train

    If you want a wonderfull vieuw from the Douro river, take the train from Pinhào or Peso da Regua in the direction of the Spanish border to the village Pacinho ( 5,70 euro )You always ride near the Douro-river where no cars can come. This is the only possibility to see the pure nature off the Douro Valley.

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  • River Cruise

    Cruising the Douro River is now a major tourist activity in Portugal, made possible by the construction of dams along its lower stretches leading down to Porto itself. Here, we met a cruise ship, the 'Dora Azul', coming down-river from Pinhao on the headpond of a dam that we passed not very far east of Regua. These cruises sometimes come from Spain...

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  • By train

    There are regular trains to Pinhão and also special trips made on a "historical train" (an old model train that works with coal). Travelling in the regular train is more economic and faster, although it doesn't have the magic of travelling in a slow coal train, reminding us of long gone days. Nevertheless, both options will entitle you with a...

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Pinhão Shopping

  • Visit Café Veiga for the local craft on...

    Café Veiga is located on the main road that crosses Pinhão. It's a simple place that provides drinks & snacks. Since it's located right in front of Pinhão's rail station, I guess that at one point and due to the steady tourist traffic their owners decided to offer more than just drinks & snacks and evolved into a gift shop as well.Visitors might...

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  • cool wine shop

    In Pinhão visitors will find a very cool wine shop that is located right by the Douro river.Its name is Balseiros and visitors will find here various types of Douro & Port Wines of various local producers.Besides wines, visitors may also purchase several other typical good from the region.Balseiros also works as a small coffee bar.

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  • Douro wine

    When visiting the Douro area you can't miss the opportunity to buy Porto sweet wine or Douro wine. There are several makes, and some of them are equally good. As in any other wine, price and taste will depend on year, being that Vintage are more expensive. You should avoid tourist shops and go to a wine cellar. You will probably get a better deal...

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Pinhão Local Customs

  • Vines planted on sloped hills !!!

    When I'm visiting the Douro Valley and the vineyards that produce grapes for the famous Port Wine, I always get amazed about the enormous difficulty that it had had been planting vines on those sloped hills !!!

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  • An unique landscape - The Valeiras

    picture of Quinta do Noval, near Pinhão.---- quote ---During the pre-phylloxera period, the vineyards were planted along valeiras, curved strips of land that ran parallel to the lay of the land on the hillsides and about 7 to 8 palmos wide (between 1m54 and 1m76) at their base.An inward sloping schist stone wall was banked against the base of each...

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  • Magalhães Vintage Port 2000 -EXCELLENT...

    In December 2003 Decanter Magazine published a report on 40 Single Quinta Vintages tasted blinded.Out of the 40 Single-Quinta Vintage Ports:» 1 got 5***** stars - Excellent.» 8 got 4**** stars - Very good to excellent.» 27 got 3*** stars - Good to very good.» 3 got 2** stars - Acceptable to Good.» 1 got 1* star - Poor to adequate.Magalhães Vintage...

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Pinhão Off The Beaten Path

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    Sabrosa

    by micas_pt Updated Sep 29, 2004

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    Sabrosa is a lovely village on the Douro region with beautiful manor houses, some of them dating from the 15th century. Strolling around such an enchanting village situated in the Douro region was a pleasant discover to all of us. The manor houses are classified as National Monuments, as well as the Parish Church.

    Also, the magnificent mountains that surround the village provide a breathtaking scenario. The region's big annual event is the grapes' harvest, to produce the worldly famous Porto sweet wine and also the Douro wines.

    Sabrosa is situated about 10km from Vila Real.

    For further information see my Sabrosa page.

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Pinhão Favorites

  • Quinta do Silval: A Diamond in the...

    Quinta do Silval ~ A Diamond in the Douro's Rough ~[...] The main reason for my trip to the Douro was to visit a Single Quinta … Quinta do Silval, which I had heard about from my buddy Mario Ferreira, but had never visited. Quinta do Silval seemed to have everything required for a wonderful stay: warm and charismatic hosts, both Douro and Port...

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  • The views over the Douro going up (east)...

    The views over the Douro going up (east) river.Once in Pinhão a nice travel plan would be to take the Train and ride east.The Train railway goes east sided by the river. Visitors would then get to see these nice views over the Douro River. (5 pictures on this Tip).

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  • Quinta do Castro's Infinity Pool

    Quinta do Castro's Infinity Pool.Departing from Pinhão one should ride towards west on the north side of the Douro river. Quinta do Crasto's winery & vineyards are then located about 20-30 minutes away from Pinhão.Quinta do Castro is well known for its fine Douro wines but what I would like to present here is its Infinity Pool, which really amazes...

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Portugal's Most Beautiful Train Station
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