3 Things To Do In The Port Of…Regua
The fact that river cruise lines are continuing to add new ships along the Douro shows that the popularity of this breathtaking river is not about to slow down any time soon. Douro River cruises sail through the valley from Porto until they reach the Spanish border, before turning around and making the return journey.
As well as a trip to the Spanish city of Salamanca by coach, most itineraries also feature a stop in Regua (officially Peso de Regua) – a charming riverside town that boasts many of the things that characterise this part of Portugal. Here are a few interesting things to do whilst you’re here.
The principal reason most people choose a Douro River cruise is to sample as much port wine as they can. This world-renowned fortified beverage is produced throughout the valley, as highlighted by the sprawling vineyards that can be seen covering the rolling hills in every direction.
Regua is sure to be a highlight in this respective, offering great choice when it comes to which estates to visit. Known as ‘quintas’, they give you the chance to tour the property and then try some of the wine they produce at the end. Quinta da Pacheca, on the opposite side of the river to the town, is a popular choice and has a fantastic restaurant on site.
Museu do Douro
You’ve tasted the tipple, now learn about its history in this fascinating museum on the banks of the river. Multimedia displays tell the story of how production has changed over the years, as well as detailing why the conditions of the valley are perfect for growing grapes.
Even the building is important to the history of port wine manufacture. Now re-imagined, the Museu do Douro was once the Casa da Companhia Velha, the headquarters of the company that overlooked this celebrated wine region.
The best way to get a feeling for the sheer beauty of the Douro valley is to look down on it from a high vantage point. Luckily, there are many miradouros (Portuguese for lookout) in the region that can offer jaw-dropping views that will stay with you long after your river cruise is over.
You will look out over vineyards, small villages and the river down which you have been sailing – not to mention the miles of landscape stretching off into the distance. Miradouro de São Leonardo de Galafura and Miradouro de São Domingos are two of the best spots close to Regua. It may involve some travelling to reach them but the views when you get there are definitely worth it.
If you would like to learn more about our range of Douro River cruises, call the team on 0800 954 0064. We can talk you through the options and help you find your perfect ship.