Peso da Regua, Portugal
Built around the Rio Douro in northern Portugal and sprawled out upon hilly terrain, Peso da Regua is a small town that’s best known for its port-wine and surrounding wineries. It is the region’s largest town and an important transportation hub: all port wine must pass through here before finally making its way on to Porto.
Besides visiting the nearby wineries and sampling some of the local vino – without a doubt the most popular thing to do in town – Peso da Regua is also replete with excellent dining options, great bars and abundant shopping options lining its quaint streets. This small riverside town is also an excellent setting off point for cruising the Rio Douro and exploring more of the port-wine region.
Cruise ships dock along the Douro River at the Regua Quay. It is only a short walk from here into the centre of town.
Facilities at the Regua Quay itself are quite limited. However, the town centre is only a short walk away and here, you’ll find everything you need to make your arrival as enjoyable as possible.
Facilities nearby include:
- Shops and restaurants
- Public toilets
- Internet access
- Car hire offices
- Tourist information office
- Post office.
Taxis are usually available at the Quay port when cruise ships dock in town. However, it is advisable to book these in advance.
It’s also possible to hire a car for a day, although this should be pre-arranged.
A selection of accommodation options are scattered throughout the town.
How To Get Around
The town of Peso da Regua itself is rather small and is best explored on foot. However, to reach the wineries, a taxi should be hired.
Travel times from the quay:
- It is a 3 minute journey to the Museu do Douro.
- It is a 10 minute journey by taxi to the Quinta do Vallado winery (approximately 8€)
- It is a 30 minute journey to the São Leonardo da Galafura Viewpoint (approximately €25 by taxi, one way).
Currency – The local currency in Peso da Regua is the Euro (EUR). Coins come in 1c, 2c, 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, €1 and €2 denominations, while notes come in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200 and €500 denominations.
Time Zone – Peso da Regua is on Western European Time (WET). It is 1 hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).
Weather – Peso da Regua enjoys a warm and temperate climate. During summer (June – August), daytime temperatures average 22 degrees Celsius. In winter, the daytime average hovers around 9 degrees Celsius. The town sees most of its rainfall during this time, too: 140mm per month on average.
Museu do Douro – Housed in a converted riverside warehouse, this museum cum art gallery provides the perfect introduction to learning about the history of the region. The Museu do Douro contains multiple exhibits and a video program, leading visitors on an educational experience. It also stocks an impressive range of contemporary works and impressionist landscapes, as well as vintage port-wine posters. Tickets cost €6 per adult (€3, student) which includes a port-wine tasting. The museum is open daily during May to Oct from 10am to 6pm.
Douro River cruise – Spend the day sailing on the Douro River, enjoying the picturesque surroundings of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed region as you venture deeper into port-wine country. Prices for a full-day cruise start at €60 per adult (€30 per child under 11 years old) and includes appetisers and lunch onboard. Departures are daily during the April to October period.
São Leonardo da Galafura Viewpoint – Located half-way between Regua and Vila Real, this stunning viewpoint (640 metres above sea level) offers commanding views of the entire Douro River region. It’s also a popular place for a picnic and reportedly the beloved place of the Portuguese poet Miguel Torga. Coincide your visit here at around sunset for breathtaking views, and don’t forget to bring your camera. The viewpoint is accessible all year round.
Quinta do Vallado – Spend a couple of hours visiting this modern and well-designed winery, and learn all about the wine-making process from some of the best in the business on a guided tour. Built in 1716, this is one of the oldest wineries in the region, and probably the most famous. The winery is also a hotel and restaurant, serving up delicious food in a beautiful environment. Tours include a visit to the winery, cellar and a Vallado Wines tasting, and start at €15 per adult. Bookings are essential.