Porto to Pocinho. The Douro Valley by train.
Now one of my favourite rail journeys in the whole world (which probably has a lot to do with how I travelled up and down this line, along the River Douro, in one day from Porto – from Sao Bento train station in central Porto):
Early in the morning, I travelled all the way to Pocinho at the end of the line (top of the Douro Valley). The train becomes quieter and quieter as passengers leave at stations along the way.
I returned in the early afternoon, stopping at the fabulous Castas e Pratos restaurant in Regua for a late lunch (the restaurant is actually housed in a converted railway warehouse, and the local food and wine served there is simply divine). A well-earned treat.
Before then returning to Porto in the evening.
Time your return journey right, and you will be trundling down the Douro Valley while the sun sets right in front of you.
Web resources for the Douro Valley Train:
Official Train Operator: www.cp.pt (English version)
Taking the slow train through Portugal’s beautifu Douro Valley (Telegraph Travel)
A Douro Valley Steam Train Journey (www.thetravelbunny.com)
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