We had a very special and personalised stay while in Régua for a night.
After we got picked up at the train station at mid day and after informing that we only have a very limited time in Douro Valley, Roberto, the owner of the casa, arranged with his brother Hugo to accompany and drive us around Duo Valley for a short tour at a superbly reasonable price, since he wasn’t available to do so in the afternoon.
Roberto’s house was very well maintained, despite it being a couple of centuries old. The paintings on the ceiling were astounding. The room was clean and we got everything we need, including a very strong wifi connection. It is located in a hill about 15-20minutes drive from the train station and has an amazing view of the valley. I have nothing much to say about his home as it was just perfect for what we have paid for.
After settling for few minutes at the casa, we head down to our afternoon tour. Hugo took us to a nice restaurant called “Taberna Do Jerere” for quick lunch and then drove us along the beautiful Douro river up to Pinhao town, with a stop at Quinta Do Tedo for Port wine tour and tasting. After the tour at the valleys, he drove us to “St. Leonardo de Galafura”, the highest spot in Douro Valley for an amazing sunset view. After which, he took us to another lovely restaurant in town for dinner, picked us up when we’re done and drove us to another spot in town, to watch it beautifully lit at night. Both sunset and town-at-night experience were magical.
The following day, we were served breakfast at their kitchen by Rosinda (not sure if I’ve heard the name correctly). Lovely cheese and home made jams. Then after checking out, Hugo drove us to the town so we can catch our train to Porto. He gave us a bottle of table wine made by his family on the year of his birth. We felt very, very special.
We really had an amazing time in Régua and we thank Roberto and Hugo for making it special. Indeed, it was a memorable stay.
Absolutely incredible hosts!