Douro Valley

Trains from Regua to Pocinho

Douro Valley train
Train in the Douro Valley

Trains from Regua to Pocinho are a great way to travel when you are visiting Portugal’s Douro Valley.

Running along the banks of the stunning Douro River, the route offers great views of the vineyards and the landscapes in the region. Make sure to have your camera ready!

Trains between the cities are Interregional trains (demarcated at IR on timetables). They are generally fast and reliable, but make sure to build some time into your schedule to account for minor delays.

There are five daily trains from Regua to Pocinho on weekdays, weekends, and public holidays. Departure times vary slightly on weekends and public holidays, but the first train always departs at 9:13 in the morning and the last train at 19:07 in the evening.

The travel time on this route is between 1 hour and 22 minutes and 1 hour and 23 minutes, depending on which train you take. As mentioned previously, minor delays can occur, so make sure to leave yourself at least 1 hour and 40 minutes to complete the journey.

Tickets for trains from Regua to Pocinho cost 6.60 euros for singles, making the train a relatively cheap way to travel in the Douro Valley. You can purchase tickets at the station before you depart.

Best Hotels in the Douro Valley

Quinta do Vallado
Quinta do Vallado Hotel

The best hotels in the Douro Valley are located throughout the region. From Regua to Lamego, they are all great places to stay when you are visiting Portugal. Here are my top picks:

Quinta do Vallado
Quinta do Vallado hotel in the Douro Valley features a mix of contemporary and traditional styles. The guest rooms are spacious and well appointed, and the grounds and pool are beautiful.

The hotel also has a great restaurant that serves regional cuisine, and a cellar where guests can do wine tastings. That’s to say nothing of the excellent vineyard tours that Quinta do Vallado offers.

Quinta Nova
Quinta Nova is another of the best hotels in the Douro Valley. Located high on a hill above the Douro River, the hotel has a classic style and is surrounded by vineyards that guests can walk through.

Rooms are decorated in warm tones, and guests can enjoy dining al fresco in the warmer months. There are also cellar tours and wine tastings on offer.

Aquapura Hotel
Generally considered the flagship hotel of the region, Aquapura is certainly among the best hotels in the Douro Valley. Housed in a stunning historic mansion, the hotel features beautiful restaurants, gardens, pools, and tennis courts. It also has a well-known spa and great views over the surrounding vineyards.

Aquapura Hotel in the Douro Valley Review

Aquapura Hotel

Aquapura Hotel
Address: Quinta Vale de Abraao, 5100-758 Lamego, Douro, Portugal
Phone: +351 254 66 06 00

Five-star Aquapura is one of the best hotels in the Douro Valley, and is a great place to stay when you are visiting Portugal.

Set in fertile lands on one of the few relatively flat parts of the region, Aquapura looks like it could come straight out of Tuscany. That image is helped by the fact that the hotel is housed in a former private mansion that was built to look like a historic castle.

The fairytale continues inside Aquapura, where high ceilings and luxurious furnishings give the place a feeling of opulence. Long corridors offer lounges for relaxing, and two restaurants—one with a gorgeous outdoor terrace—serve excellent food. Even the breakfast buffet looks like it comes straight out of a royal banquet.

The grounds of the hotel offer everything from swimming pools to tennis courts and childcare areas in addition to great views of the vineyards and a tributary of the Douro River.

Back inside the hotel, the Aquapura spa is one of the highlights. It offers treatment rooms for massages and other therapies as well as a large indoor swimming pool and a gym.

The only thing not to love about Aquapura is the guest rooms themselves. Standard rooms are large and some have beautiful bathtubs in the middle of the rooms, but the olive green color scheme is a bit drab and the scuffed paint in some of the rooms could use some touching up.

That said, the hotel’s suites are very nice, and don’t have the color or paint problems that some of the standard guest rooms do. If you can’t afford to stay in a suite, it might make more sense to do Aquapura as a day trip in the Douro Valley.

Rooms at Aquapura hotel in the Douoro Valley start at around 250 euros per night. Regular offers and packages are available throughout the year, so make sure to check before booking.