The riverfront is where the action is in Régua, there are enough bars and restaurants along this strip to satisfy the needs of short term visitors and locals alike. Standing on the hill on the opposite bank of the river is a large Sandeman's "Don" cutout sign. The streets behind the quay are the oldest and narrowest in town, where you can find the most economic eateries. In a street uphill from the quayside is the Casa do Douro that is the headquarters of the port wine growers’ association. Step through the doors and marvel at the enormous medieval-style stained glass windows illustrating the port trade just inside the foyer.
At the far end of the riverfront, three bridges span the Douro, one is a disused railway bridge converted into a footbridge. Once on the other side, the Restaurante Torrão is at hand, along with a waterside garden, to serve you a great meal to accompany the views.
Housed within the former warehouse that belonged to Real Companhia Velha, the Museu do Douro first opened in 1997. This award-winning museum is dedicated to the history and culture of the Douro region. It champions the links to the wine trade, the relationship with the river and surrounding environment that shaped peoples lives here for millennia. The warehouse itself has been cleverly and totally renovated to enhance the visitor's experience employing a range of different media and exhibits that are clearly labelled in Portuguese and English. The warehouse building also has a striking contemporary wing that hosts major exhibitions about the winemaking region, its history, and the leading figures who helped shape it.
In addition to the exhibition spaces, there's the fine A Companhia restaurant which showcases the best the region can offer. The adjoining wine bar has a splendid terrace that overlooks the river. Those who choose a combination ticket that includes a wine tasting can enjoy their drink here. The well-stocked gift shop sells a wide range of local crafts and produce, including a selection of wines and Ports.
Low season: 10h00 - 17h30, High season: 10h00 - 18h00
There are a range of ticket and tasting options starting from €7.50
Rua do Marquês de Pombal, 5050-282 Peso da Régua, Portugal. | 41º 09' 41.9" N | 07º 47' 24.5" W
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When the line first opened in 1887, it was an engineering marvel as it follows the course of the river. Up through the dramatic landscapes of the Alto Douro, where vineyards are carved into terraces from the living bedrock. Although the branch lines have closed, the Linha do Douro is still very impressive and a great way to spend a day. Regular trains leave São Bento and Campanhã and pass 20 tunnels, 30 bridges and 34 stations. The line becomes more dramatic after the town of Régua on to the pretty wine towns of Pinhão (one of the most beautiful railway stations in Portugal), Tua and terminating at Pocinho, (close to the Cão Valley rock art).
A picturesque steam train runs along the Linha do Douro from on Saturdays from June to October. The steam locomotive with five historical carriages run the distance between Régua and Tua. You can just buy the Douro Historical Train journey, or you can choose to buy a Combined Package.
Train Timetable | Comboios de Portugal Website
Get the celebrity treatment with world-class service at Six Senses Douro Valley. Set on a hill boasting views of the terraced vineyards of the UNESCO World Heritage Douro valley and the Douro River, this newly renovated 19th-century manor house offers guests therapeutic spa retreats, wine tastings and a mirror-effect outdoor infinity pool.
Enfolded by a philosophy of creating experiences while concerning the environment in which it is inserted, Six Senses Douro Valley combines elegance with the reality and history of the region, boasting a décor based on natural materials such as wood and stone. Rooms at the Six Senses feature contemporary interiors, are air-conditioned, have a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a private bathroom with a bath, a rain shower and free toiletries.
At the Wine Library, guests will find more than 750 references of vintages from the region, collected by two wine directors, and a variety of tapas and cheeses to complement the wine tastings. The hotel’s Vale Abraão restaurant combines thee ambiences, including an open kitchen, a wood-burning stove and fine dining, offering guests gourmet and international cuisine delights. A varied buffet breakfast including sweet and savoury dishes is served each morning.
The eight-hectare property covers several relaxing and meditation open-air areas in the surrounding woods, as well as an organic garden of vegetables and herbs. Wellness and Yoga programs are available and the Six Senses Spa has 10 treatment rooms and offers a variety of therapies, some of which are grape and wine-based. Guests can also relax in the heated indoor pool with water jets, aromatic saunas, arctic showers and soft water beds, or retire to the library and peruse a book whist enjoying a fine wine or a cocktail. A gym with professional guidance is also at guests’ disposal.
Quinta do Vale de Abraão, 5100-758 Lamego, Portugal. | 41º 08' 38.9" N | 07º 48' 43.6" W
Featuring a shared lounge, terrace and views of the city, Original Douro Hotel is set in Peso da Régua, 450 yards from Douro Museum. With a bar, this two-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. The hotel features family rooms. At the hotel, every room has a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Guests at Original Douro Hotel can enjoy a buffet breakfast.
Rua dos Camilos nº 115, 5050-273 Peso da Régua, Portugal.
41º 09' 38.5" N | 07º 47' 12.7" W
Providing garden views, Casa de São Domingos in Peso da Régua provides accommodation, an outdoor swimming pool, a bar, a shared lounge, a garden and a terrace. Both WiFi and private parking are available at the bed and breakfast free of charge. Casa de São Domingos offers a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a hairdryer, free toiletries and a shower. If you would like to discover the area, hiking and cycling are possible in the surroundings and Casa de São Domingos can arrange a bicycle rental service. Douro Museum is 1.1 miles from the bed and breakfast. The property offers a paid airport shuttle service.
821 Ava. Diocese de Vila Real, 5050-221 Peso da Régua, Portugal.
N 41º 09' 41.3" | W 07º 47' 05.7"
Located in Folgosa, Armamar, on the southern bank of the river between Régua and Pinhão, this striking modern restaurant is one of the most beautiful in the country and draws food lovers from far afield. Traditional local fare is re-envisioned by chef Rui Paula and perfection is created. Here, every meal is a unique and special moment. Either from the glazed room or from the suspended terrace over the Douro river, the views are breathtaking. Only the finest ingredients are used some sourced locally but many from the sea. The wine cellar is extensive and perfectly equipped to complement your meal. Booking is highly recommended.
Wednesday: 19h30 – 22h30, Thursday - Monday: 12h30 – 15h30/19h30 – 22h30
222 Cais da Folgosa, Estrada Nacional, 5110-214 Folgosa, Portugal
41° 09′ 04.8″ N | 07° 40′ 56.7″ W
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One of the many restaurants on the quayside frequented by tourists from the cruise ships that dock here. The locals come here for the roasted kid "cabrito asado" which is the restaurant's speciality. The interior is modern, clean, light and airy but the food is as traditional as it can be. Prices are reasonable considering its location and there is a large selection of wines to choose – it doubles as a wine bar.
Monday: 12h00 – 13h00, Tuesday – Sunday: 12h00 – 15h00/19h00 – 22h30
Avenida João Franco 5050-226 Peso da Régua, Portugal.
41º 09' 40.7" N | 07º 47' 26.6" W
+351 254 313 367
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Located in one of the oldest streets of Peso da Régua this small establishment delivers good ol' fashioned authentic Portuguese cuisine in a genuine homely atmosphere. Choose from a selection of petiscos (tapas) or full meals, both at reasonable prices. But leave room for their tasty desserts. Nice choice of boutique wines on offer, the staff are wonderfully friendly and more than happy to assist you selecting an accompanying drink. There's limited space, so advance booking is advisable.
Monday: CLOSED, Tuesday – Sunday: 19h00 - 23h00, Saturday: 12h30 – 15h00/19h00 – 23h00
42 Rua Marques de Pombal, Peso Da Regua 5050-282 Portugal.
41º 09' 41.9" N | 07º 47' 24.7" W
+351 918 754 102
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