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Explore Porto and the Douro Valley Region

I hope that this page will give you a little of the flavour of the area, as well as many useful links for tourist and travel information. You will be spoilt for choice in this beautiful region. From a stay in Porto with its cosmopolitan atmosphere, museums and art galleries, pavement cafes and sophisticated restaurants to the unique charm of the smaller river and mountain towns, wherever you go you are assured of a very warm welcome. The house is perfect for exploring Porto, Regua, Amarante, Braga, Pinhao, Costa Verde, Minho and Tras-os-Montes. 

Taste the port at a Porto Port House, drink some ice cold Sagres beer at a local bar, or simply savour the fresh pressed orange juice from the trees just outside the farmhouse. One of the local specialities you must try is a Francesinha, an enormous meat sandwich, topped with egg and cheese and smothered in a spicy beer sauce, truly delicious! 

The boat cruises from Régua to Pinhão and back (with optional lunch on board) are highly recommended to see the Douro Valley and I can book these for you. From Régua I can recommend bus trips to visit wonderful views of the area and local Port wine producers to taste the famous Port wine produced at Douro Valley. The house is served by train, with a main station close the house. I recommend a train trip to Régua or Pinhão or further to admire all of the Douro Valley. All the information is available at the house, or just ask.

Getting Here

It's easy to fly to Portugal; the nearest airport is at Porto. There are also international airports at Lisbon and Faro. Click the links for information:

From the UK, British Airways, Ryanair, Flybe, TUI and EasyJet all offer direct flights. TUI Airways fly from Ireland to Faro too.

Eating Out

There are many places to eat and drink in the Porto region. The nearest restaurant to the house is a short, very pleasant drive along the river to Port Antigua.

The fantastic views and the cooking facilities at the farmhouse mean that you will want to eat in too.
There are very well-stocked supermarkets at Cinfaes and Marco de Canaveses.

Getting Around

A hire car is essential to get the most out of your stay at Quinta do Loureiro:

are all local, reputable, Porto car hire firms. If you are spending some time in Porto too, the Metro is very easy to use; buy an Andante card to travel around the city.

Sagres Beer Porto Holiday Homes

Porto is only a 40 minute drive from Quinta Do Loureiro Douro Holiday Villa


Francisco will be delighted to arrange a Port Wine tour for you. You can also relax and enjoy the scenery by taking the train along the river:

One of the stops is Regua with a fascinating museum and where many Douro River Cruises depart, or stay on and enjoy the magnificent scenery on-route to Pocinho.

Port Houses

A trip to this region wouldn't be complete without a trip to a Porto Port House over the bridge in Gaia; here are just a few:

All offer tours in English, accompanied by tasting and the opportunity to buy.

Port boat figure on River Douro at Regua