Peso da Régua: Travel and tourism

Régua is the capital of the demarcated region which produces the famous Port wine and conquered its commercial and strategic statute when it was chosen by the Marquis of Pombal to lodge the General Company of the High Douro Wines, in 1756.

It was also from here that the traditional wooden rabelo sailing boats carried the barrels of Port along the hazardous Douro river to the lodges at Vila Nova de Gaia, close to Oporto.

Surrounded by vineyards and handsome country estates, Régua has developed from a quiet and provincial town to a more animated centre offering several attractions and initiatives in which the river plays a major role.

Thus, visitors will find at the riverside zone a fluvial pier from where boats leave on cruises along the Douro, walks for pedestrians, tennis courts, swimming pools and fishing facilities, as well as handicrafts shops, bars, restaurants and cafés open until late.

At Régua, it is also worth admiring the Casa do Douro, with its stain-glassed windows depicting the history and production of Port, the 18th-century Mother Church and manors such as the Solar dos Vaz.

Many traditional quintas (farms) of the region welcome visitors and offer wine tasting and tours to the vineyards, wine cellars and presses, such as the pretty Quinta da Pacheca, at about four kilometres from Régua, founded in 1738 and visited by about nine thousand tourists every year.

Not far from Régua, the wonderful belvedere of São Leonardo, at Galafura, offers breathtaking views of the Douro valley and its deep gorges terraced with vineyards.

Across the county, visitors may taste and buy both Port and excellent table wines, either at the adega cooperativa (co-operative cellar) of Régua or at several farms.
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