Pinhão, the heart of Port wine
A wooden boat ride and Port wine tasting? I can get used to it 🙂
In a previous article, I was describing some suggestions about how to visit Porto in one day, what to do and what to see there.
Now I will be focusing in a suggestion as to what to do on a second day while staying lodge at Porto, like you, only had two days to visit the area.
Before carrying on with this subject, please bear in mind that this is a suggestion and I do not believe one can really know Porto and surroundings in two days, not a chance.
But … life is what it is and you may only have two days so you better do the best you can with the time you have.
If you spent one day in town so why not visit a place outside? And, in this case, taking a train to Pinhão, the heart of Port wine.
Well, let me describe to you a possible plan.
09:10 – Take the train at São Bento Train Station towards Pinhão
If you did the suggested walk of the previous post you know already where the São Bento train station is, if you don’t so please download the map and look for number 1.
09:10 / 11:41 – The train ride São Bento until Pinhão
It’s the same train from the beginning till the end, you will not need to change trains, it will cost you 10,95€ (Feb 2017) and yes it will take you 2h31m to get there but it will worth your time, the train goes mostly along the Douro river and it’s a lovely ride.
11:41 – You should leave at Pinhão.
12:00 / 14:00 – Rabelo boat ride
Rabelo boats are the traditional wooden boats that used to transport Port wine along the river to Porto or Gaia. Nowadays they are used for touristic rides and it can be a great experience. You can book in advance your ride at Magnífico Douro a local small company at Pinhão that does this kind of tours and that I recommend.
14:30 / 16:30 – Port wine tasting
After your boat ride, it’s time to taste a few Port wines and learn about the differences between a Ruby and a Tawny or what kind of white Port’s there are. You can book your visit at Quinta do Bonfim or Quinta de La Rosa. Two very different wine farms at a walkable distance from the boat.
18:19 / 20:45 – It’s time to return to Porto and you can take the train back to town.
Please verify the train schedule and prices at www.cp.pt
I know I didn’t mention a place to have lunch or even described the differences between the wine farms. That will be a matter for another post.
Stay tuned and have fun.