Much of the draw of Pinhão to the visitor is the journey here. The road between Peso de Regua to Pinhão has been proclaimed as the best drive in the world. A Daily Mail article acclaimed the N222 as having "17 miles, 93 bends and breathtaking views of the Douro Valley". The train journey here too has been heralded as one of the most picturesque in the world. Both routes follow the course of the river as it winds its way through the terrace cut hills. Another popular way to arrive in Pinhão is by boat. Several tour operators depart from either the Ribeira in Porto or Vila Nova da Gaia. You can also take a boat trip once you're in Pinhão, various tour companies run 1 - 2 hour boat tours upstream.
If you have visited a Port lodge in Porto a day trip here is the next logical step to obtain a more immersive understanding of Port and Douro DOC wine. The soils and climate here are perfect for growing grapes. Many of the best-known producers have Quintas here and now have visitor centres.
Pinhão is a small place. The limited number of eateries can get busy at lunchtime, especially those on the riverfront. There are, however, picnic tables in a shaded area on the pier's edge.
Although not unique in Portugal, the tiled panels at Pinhão train station are certainly a fine example and the best on the Douro line. The 19th-century railway station received its azulejo panels in 1937. A total of 3047 individual tiles make up 24 panels which depict the various stages of Port production. From the grape harvest to the transport by Rabelo boats down the Douro River to the cellars in Vila Nova of Gaia.
The iron bridge crossing the Douro in Pinhão was completed in 1906. It is reputed to have been designed by the famous architect Gustave Eiffel. The metal deck and three 69-metre spans is an awesome sight as it traverses the river. On the other side is the Quinta das Carvalhas where Real Companhia Velha has a shop and tasting room.
When the line first opened in 1887, it was an engineering marvel as it follows the course of the river. Up through the dramatic landscapes of the Alto Douro where vineyards are carved into terraces from the living bedrock. Although the branch lines have closed, the Linha do Douro is still very impressive and a great way to spend a day. Regular trains leave São Bento and Campanhã and pass 20 tunnels, 30 bridges and 34 stations. The line becomes more dramatic after the town of Régua on to the pretty wine towns of Pinhão (one of the most beautiful railway stations in Portugal), Tua and terminating at Pocinho, (close to the Cão Valley rock art).
A picturesque steam train runs along the Linha do Douro on Saturdays from June to October. The steam locomotive with five historical carriages run the distance between Régua and Tua. You can just buy the Douro Historical Train journey, or you can choose to buy a Combined Package.
Train Timetable | Comboios de Portugal Website
Modern yet spacious and welcoming with very friendly accommodating staff. Located in Pinhão, Casa Dona Eufémia provides a terrace and free WiFi. All units feature air conditioning and a satellite flat-screen TV. There is a fully equipped private bathroom with shower and free toiletries.
3 Rua da Romanzeira, Casais do Douro, 5130-053 Pinhão, Portugal.
41º 10' 14.8" N | 07º 32' 16.8" W | +351 935 912 223
The modern LBV House Hotel is inserted in the centre of the Alto Douro wine region. Enjoying a panoramic view over the Pinhão Village, the elegant hotel is designed to fit seamlessly into the surrounding countryside. The LBV House Hotel’s rooms are all modernly decorated and most of the rooms feature balconies overlooking the river or the vineyards. All air-conditioned rooms and suite include a mini-bar, cable TV, and a private bathroom.
Rua da Galeira, 5085-060 Pinhão, Portugal
41º 11' 34.2" N | 07º 32' 44.2" W | +351 254 738 320
Get the celebrity treatment with world-class 5 star service at The Vintage House - Douro. Situated in a former 18th-century wine estate, this luxury hotel overlooks vineyards and the Douro Valley. It has an outdoor pool with panoramic river views and offers spacious guest rooms with furnished balconies. Rooms at the The Vintage House - Douro include luxury bedding and modern furnishings. They come equipped with air conditioning and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. In the morning the hotel serves a breakfast buffet. The elegant Rabelo Restaurant features vaulted ceilings and offers regional cuisine. There is also an intimate bar with chandeliers and a fireplace. Guests can relax on a poolside sun lounger. The House Hotel has a tennis court and an on-site shop with wine tasting rooms.
Rua António Manuel Saraiva, 5085-034, Pinhão, Douro, Portugal.
N 41º 11' 23.0" | W 07º 32' 36.9" | +351 254 730 230
The philosophy of Cozinha da Clara is to serve local Portuguese cuisine at its best - simplicity is the key. Including a touch of the family's heritage, by adding some of Claire's favourite recipes. The executive chef, Pedro Cardoso, has worked in the Douro for over 10 years. Using locally sourced products and vegetables from Quinta de la Rosa's vegetable garden (named "Paradise" by Claire), Pedro has developed many of his recipes from the Trás-os-Montes region. The food will be matched with wines from la Rosa as well as other nearby Quintas chosen by Jorge Moreira (wine maker) on a rolling basis.
The restaurant boasts having one of the best views of the Douro River. Originally built as a warehouse (armazém) it has been cleverly adapted by leading architect, Belém Lima. Using local materials, schist for the floors and a wooden vaulted ceiling, Belém cleverly modernises the warehouse concept.
Daily: 12h30 - 15h00/19h00 - 22h00
Quinta de la Rosa, 5085-215 Pinhão, Portugal.
41° 10' 56.5" N | 07° 33' 09.5" W
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Ó-POR-CO in Pinhão was an idea of a group of friends who like wine and food. This cool Tapas (petiscos) bar has two things on their menu, a handful of substantial salads and sharing platters of cheeses, hams, olives and bread. Great for informal get-togethers where great company requires great food. Nice wines are served here by the glass and their own brand of beer.
Daily: 11h00 — 21h30
65a Rua António Manuel Saraiva, Pinhão, Vila Real, Portugal.
41º 11' 27.7" N | 07º 32' 51.6" W
+351 254 096 760
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If when in Pinhão you desire a traditional Portuguese dining experience with regional and seasonal dishes, served by warm welcoming staff, cooked to perfection at very reasonable prices, with no pretensions - then this is the place for you. The dishes of the day are chalked up on a blackboard. This family run establishment is popular with locals and tourists alike, queues are not unheard of. Ideally located right opposite the train station.
Daily: 12h00 - 15h00/19h00 - 00h00,
Rua Antonio Manuel Saraiva no. 29/B, Pinhao 5085-037 Portugal.
41º 11' 26.2" N | 07º 32' 40.9" W
+351 916 586 691
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