For you, who likes luxury river cruises, we suggest a trip on board a vintage boat managed by Pipadouro. Let yourself go and feel the charm of the decades of 50 and 60. Live moments of pure elegance overlooking the beauty of the Douro River. Do you prefer an exquisite lunch served in the deck or a late afternoon drink on board with appetizers and Douro wine?
The typical Rabelo boats are an important part of the history of the Douro River. These picturesque boats invite you to a trip along the vineyards and Quintas, in a smooth run throughout the water. For those who prefer speed, there is also a motorboat and experiences like waterski, water skate, kayak… Or simply a healthy ride along the hills. There are so many activities suggested by Magnífico Douro.
Imagine the Douro Valley: scenic roads, small villages and paths, terraces of vineyards, the elegant shapes of the river, the unique beauty of a World Heritage Site… Now imagine capturing these landscapes from the sky. Are you fond of heights? Then this is the right experience for you. From a 20-minute ride to a tailor made tour, you are to choose for how long you wish to fly…
Do you remember the historic train, with wooden carriages and that impressive locomotive? Well, it’s back in the Douro Valley in summer time for one of the most beautiful rail routes in the world. From Régua to Tua and a stopover in Pinhão, the journey is enhanced by typical music and singing. You will also be offered a slice of the delicious “bola de carne”, so typical of the region and of course a glass of Douro wine. Experience this trip to the past and don’t rush to come back.
In Pinhão you have the possibility to hop in a sightseeing tour through the Douro hills. The destination is Quinta das Carvalhas, where the “curva 3” and “Casa Redonda” are two must stop sites. From here you will experience a breathtaking view, at 550m altitude. The visit includes a tasting of Port Wine Quinta das Carvalhas Tawny Reserve, in the wine store.
Distinguished with the award “Best of Wine Tourism 2016” for “Wine tourism services”, Oporto & Douro Moments offers the opportunity to take the most of your stay in the Douro Valley and explore the region in a relaxed and eco friendly way, always with an experiment tourist guide leading you through the main highlights. Your Moment can include long walks, panoramic train journeys, transfers from Oporto, tours in comfortable minibus…
In the village of Pinhão, you can find a beautiful wine shop with high quality products. The different varieties of wines deserve a tasting to select the ones you prefer and the choice will be difficult… The Port is absolute must! And the olive oil and honey, with unique features, will surprise you. The crafts have their place here as well, as a way to know some more about the region.
Provesende is a really charming Douro village perched high on the hills above the Douro river with spectacular views over the valley. Loja Amarela is a handicraft shop that sells traditional, handmade articles from all over Portugal – pottery, baskets, rugs, linen, soaps, sheepskin slippers, cork jewellery amongst many other things, made by artisans from various regions of the country. Visit the Loja Amarela if you are looking for a souvenir from Portugal to take home with you.
DOC Restaurant is located in the riverside between Régua and Pinhão. Signed by the Chef Rui Paula, the DOC’s cooking brings back the old memories of the regional recipes, now with the Chef’s personal modern inspiration. Always preferring DOC and DOP products, Rui Paula reinvents the way of cooking the traditional recipes, like “Milhos”, “Cabritinho”, “Porco Bísaro” and “Vitela Maronesa”. In the season, hunting dishes are also a part of the menu, enhanced by the chestnuts and the wild mushrooms.
In this typical restaurant the regional gastronomy is a constant pleasure and always full of flavor. The place is genuine and familiar, with simple and friendly attending. You must try the specialties: “joelho de porca assado no forno com vinho do Porto”, “arroz de pato à moda antiga”, “papas de bacalhau”, “favada à portuguesa”… (we recommend reservation one day in advance)
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