Overlooking the Douro River, Peso da Regua is a historic port wine town in the north of Portugal. It takes its name from an estate, Vila Reggula, that existed here during Roman times and was designated as a town by King Sancho I. In the 18th century, Peso da Regua flourished as the world’s first-ever demarcated wine-growing region.
Things to do in Peso da Régua
One of Peso da Regua’s most popular attractions is the Museu do Douro, which showcases the region’s history of wine production. Occupying a beautifully converted riverside warehouse, it features an immense map of the Douro River and the remains of a flat-bottomed port hauler. The on-site gift shop is well-stocked with wine and local handicrafts.
For elevated views across Peso da Regua’s wine-growing country, head to the Miradouro De São Leonardo De Galafura. Alternatively, join a wine tour to visit some of the region’s cellar doors, where you can sample the local port wine. Learn about the traditional techniques used at Quinta de Santa Eufemia and visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed vineyards of Quinta da Pacheca.
Railway enthusiasts shouldn’t miss a ride on the Douro Historical Train, which hugs the river on its journey from Peso da Regua to Tua. Pulled by a 1925 Henschel & Son locomotive, the three-hour trip includes a stop in the picturesque village of Pinhão. Along the way, you’ll be treated to magnificent views across the terraced slopes while enjoying the sounds of traditional folk music.
Getting around Peso da Régua
Peso da Regua is just over an hour’s drive from Porto and Francisco Sa Carneiro Airport, which has flights to destinations across the globe. Regular trains connect to the Regua railway station and buses travel through the town. The centre of Peso da Regua can easily be explored on foot.