By road or by rail, Portugal is yours to discover
Douro by rail or byroad. Take the train and discover the Douro River Valley at your own pace. Or, drive and you can pick the country’s fabulous landscapes to discover. Just imagineriding on a steam train that’s been running for over a hundred years. And then add to this the beautiful scenery of the Douro River Valley. Or, get off the beaten path and see the many roads that lead to your next adventure.
Douro by car: Layered landscapes of vines, historic peaceful towns andcastles days past are all part of your drive along the DouroRiver Valley. You’ll be traveling up hill and down dale, along narrow,winding roads. But you’ll find that it is well worth the effort when youdiscover everything that the Douro has to offer you. Follow the mainroad, beginning in Peso da Régua and driving across the hills above the Douro. From the viewpoint of São Leonardo, you can see the river valley and themountains of the Serra do Marão, all in just one frame. At Casal de Loivos, you find a naturally formed balcony overlooking Pinhão and the open, curved valley of the River Douro. Rest for the night in an ancient manor-houseand wake up to the beautiful view. Cross over the River Tua, a tributary of the Douro, visit Torre de Moncorvo and continue on to a very special part of the Douro, Barca d’Alva. One of the best Portuguese wines is produced here. Veryclose by is the Foz Coa Archaeological Park, an outdoor gallery of prehistoricrock art, which has been classified as World Heritage. You have almost reached the far end of Portugal.
Douro by train: Relive the early 20th Century pastime of exploring the Douro River Valley by rail on CP. The real stars of a historic train ride through theDouro River Valley are the carriages and the steam and diesel locomotives that pull them. Traveling at 18 miles an hour, these trains evoke a time when they were the only land connection between wine producing villages and the outside world. Follow the course of the river by traveling along the Linha do Douro. The railway line from Porto to Pocinho is a remarkable feat ofengineering, overcoming the various natural obstacles with the help of 26 tunnels and 30 bridges. The result is an unforgettable journey though scenery of great beauty. Or you can combine your train ride with the program of localboat rides