A trip to the Douro valley is a must for wine lovers, whether you’re a fan of Port in particular or Portuguese wines in general. More than 2,000 years of winemaking have shaped this UNESCO World Heritage Site into a unique, vine-terraced destination dotted with wineries that welcome visitors with attractive tasting rooms, dining and accommodation options.
However, driving a car along the narrow, winding roads that make their way up the dizzyingly steep slopes is not for everyone. So why not let the train take the strain? A direct line runs up the valley, starting from Porto’s São Bento station in the city centre and ending near the Spanish border at Pocinho. The towns of Régua and Pinhão making good stopping off points along the way.
Before you board the train, take time to explore the city of Porto (Oporto to locals).