Discover the Northen Region of Portugal with AtWill!
Peso da Régua, popularly known only as Régua, is located in the center of the Douro region and it is considered the national capital of wine! Its connection with the Douro River made this place very important for the wine route – the Rabelo boats used to leave from here to take the wine production to Vila Nova de Gaia, where it would get old in the wine cellars.
The Alto Douro (“High Douro”) region is classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage site and it’s full of nature and its beauty! Régua also have a rich architectural heritage with some great palaces and manor houses of the owners of the local wine production. To get to Régua you have a few options and here we present you our favorites:
By boat, on a cruise through the Douro River:
You can take a boat in Porto that goes up the Douro River until Régua. You can stay in the city or take the boat back again. Some trips include lunch or drinks, and there’s also cruises that do the trip in 2 days or more. A great way of knowing the Douro region! Prices may vary but the average price for the round trip starts at 50€.
By train, and with the Historical Train:
CP, the Portuguese train company, offers a ride that goes from Porto to Pocinho, stopping at Régua. It’s a regional train and the ride takes around 2 hours. Tickets prices vary but it costs around 15€. If you want to try something more touristic, take the historical train from Régua to Tua! The 5 carriages train dates back from 1925 and the trip finishes with typical music and tasting of regional products.
By car, through the 222 National road:
Take a ride in what is considered one of the most beautiful roads of the world! With vineyards and olive trees dominating the landscape, this road connects Vila Nova de Gaia to Vila Nova de Foz Côa, and half way you will find Régua. Cars are the best way to travel around Portugal since there are places, like some of the best vineyards, which cannot be reached by public transportation.
And once you’re in Régua, here are some suggestions of what to do there:
Check two famous viewpoints with some of the best views of the Douro River: São Leonardo da Galafura and Santo António do Loureiro. As we told you before, car is the best way of getting around, specially to this viewpoints… But look at these views and tell me it’s not totally worth it!
The Douro Museum is a must-see in Régua. Opened in 2008, the museum presents to the public the cultural and natural patrimony of the Douro Region. It is located at Casa da Companhia, former headquarters of the Company responsible for the regulation of the local wine production. The museum also have a wine bar and restaurant with great views to the Douro. Douro Museum works from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10am to 6pm. Tickets costs 5€ (discounts available for seniors, students and families).