By car through the Upper Douro Wine Region
There are the calm, peaceful towns; the vineyards strung along the curves of the lands; castles which date back to the region´s reconquest from the Moors and many other sites that are well worth stopping off at for a gentle stroll to take in the wonderful panoramas.
We would like to detail here just a few of the many suggestions for visiting this region.
Beginning our route in Peso da Régua and heading towards Pinhão, the route over the plains protecting the Douro Valley is along the EN 322-3 between Pinhão and Alijó, joining the EN212 between Alijó and Carrazeda de Ansiães before crossing over the Tua river prior to continuing along the EN214 through to Vila Flor.
Taking the IP2 out of Vila Flor a Torre de Moncorvo, it is then possible to make it down to Barca d´Alva along the EN220 and EN221, passing through Freixo de Espada à Cinta along the way. The EN 222 runs between Vila Nova de Foz Côa and the Douro, passing through São João da Pesqueira, before returning to Pinhão. Whenever time allows, head off down any of the secondary roads leading downwards. On the left bank, there are two essential detours: the EN 222-4, that leads down to Quinta do Vesúvio, and the EN 324, that ends up with at impressive Castle of Numão.