"Pinhão - the Douro's hidden jewel." Pinhão by nomad7890

Pinhão Travel Guide: 6 reviews and 24 photos

Good base to explore the Douro valley

Pinhão is the perfect place to stay along the Douro. It is a quiet town except during the harvest when it becomes quite busy. The town itself is very small and has some abandoned houses as some people have moved away to the bigger cities. The town however offers something for everyone. There are places to stay, restaurants, markets, and an ATM. If you have a car it's a central place. If you don't have a car, there are many taxi's that can take you to nearby places for a nominal cost. You can stroll along and stop for a glass of Port by the Douro, or go for a ride in a rabelo. One thing for sure, you are surrounded by beautiful vinyards and nature. You will become very fond of this town, and leaving will be difficult.

Enjoy activities surrounded by nature

From Pinhão you can undertake many activities such as a hike on a vineyard, a drive to a nearby quinta for wine tasting, or just a nice quiet glass of wine in one of the many places along the river. Whatever the activity, you will be immersed in
nature .
Stay at one of the quintas or hotels with a pool, and enjoy a brisk walk in the morning and a refreshing swim in the afternoon. There is no substitue for actually being there - photos don't do justice to the beauty created by the symphony of colors and vintages.

Getting there is half the fun

The train ride from Porto to Pinhão is sheer joy. About a fourth to a third of the way along the trip, the tracks stay next to the Douro all the way to Pinhão and the views are breathtaking. Beautiful vineyards accompanied by their old friend, the Douro, which surrounds the valley bringing life to the vineyards.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:The joy of a small town with the convenience of a city
  • In a nutshell:More than just wine tasting - you won't want to leave!
  • Last visit to Pinhão: May 2009
  • Intro Updated Jun 13, 2009
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  • Redang's Profile Photo
    May 27, 2010 at 10:17 AM

    Parece mentira que me haya saltado esta ciudad, tendré que ir

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Jan 27, 2010 at 10:03 AM

    It's great you have been there.... There are so many attractive places in Portugal.... ><><><

  • myriam_c's Profile Photo
    Sep 21, 2009 at 8:02 AM

    Wine tasting sounds good to me!

  • codrutz's Profile Photo
    Jun 14, 2009 at 11:40 PM

    You were so lucky you had a longer stay in Portugal, we only have four days in all

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