What to Visit
Steep mountains ripped by valleys with clear water flowing is what you will find in Tabuaço. Its 17 Villages rise above the mountain slopes, surrounded by ploughed fields and forests.
In 2001, UNESCO classified Tabuaço as a World Heritage site, mainly because of its rich human and natural architectonical heritage and culture. With the coming of spring, you can see the outstanding vineyard slopes from the different sightseeing spots contrasting with the colour of the almond tree blossoms.
Below we leave some places of interest to visit in the Douro region, you can always count on our help in getting more details and information:
Quinta do Panascal
Quinta do Panascal, dates from the 18th century, and is the largest of the three magnificent properties of Fonseca. It is a beautiful property overlooking the River Távora offering, to each visitant, a paradisiacal environment. It received numerous awards, including the "Best of Wine Tourism 2005" in the category of Special Wineries Tourism and the fact that have been included by the magazine "Decanter" on the top of 10 most romantic places of the European wine regions, having been the only Portuguese representation. Their vineyards produced the grapes that produce the Vintage Fonseca 1927, 1948, 1977 and 1994, considered the best wines in the world (100 points) by "Wine Spectator" magazine.
Quinta do Seixo
Placed on the left bank of the River Douro and first mentioned in mid-century XIX, the quinta was bought by Sousa Guedes at the end of the century, in whose family remained until being purchased by Ferreira, in 1979, an then by Sogrape in 1987. It has a modern center of winemaking included in an educational and attractive tourist circuit. The quinta integrates vineyards replanted in patamares and vertical planting, ideal for areas with little inclination. In 2010, it won the global Best of Wine Tourism Award in the category "Architecture and Landscapes", assigned by the network Great Wine Capitals.
Quinta do Crasto
The origins of Crasto date back to the 17th century, being owned by the family Roquette over more than a century. In its terrain there are still a landmark pombalino dating from 1758.
Quinta de S. Luiz
Quinta de S. Luiz is situated on the left bank of the River Douro, between the Peso da Régua and Pinhão, in the parish of Tabuaço and it is considered one of the most emblematic quintas of the region. You can select and purchase Porto and Douro DOC wines on the ground floor before or after doing to the wine tasting on the 1st floor, where the view over the Douro River is charming.
Museu do Imaginário Duriense
This museum opened in January of 2009 with the purpose of exposing the folk legends and beliefs of the Douro region. This pole of the Douro Museum is installed in a nineteenth century building. These facilities have served to an agricultural school, a private school and a public library.
Miradouro de Nossa Senhora de Fátima
The viewpoint of Nossa Senhora de Fátima is a small landscaped garden with granite benches, some shade trees and a small shrine to the saint that gave its name to the place. Located next to Valença do Douro, in one of the many curves of the road EN 504, overlooking the Douro, this viewpoint provides unbeatable views of the terraced vineyards and of a large expanse of the meandering river.
Igreja de São Pedro das Águias
Romanesque temple built in the twelfth century. In its front it has an ornate arch, supported by small columns. Noteworthy is the decoration of the capitals. The main front is placed in a short distance from the rocks and was implanted in the direction of the slope. Drawings of animals in the axial portal which means to guard the entrance of temples and its sacred within.
Mosteiro de São Pedro das Águias
Convent which includes traces of Romanesque, Mannerist and Baroque religious architecture. The basic structure is shown to have been a Cistercian monastery. The church has a chancel and a sacristy. It also has a cloister with dormitory, refectory, chapter room and a fifth for agricultural self-sufficiency of convent life.
Igreja Matriz de Tabuaço / Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Conceição
Baroque church buitl in the Middle Age. It has a longitudinal shape, with a chancel, a side chapel and a sacristy. The interior is the choir and the main altarpiece of gilded nacional baroque style.
Capela Românica de Sabroso / Capela de Santa Maria de Sabroso
Chapel of Romanesque architecture of the XVII Century. It is located in a place with traces of human habitation - maybe from the Celtic period. Along the walls it indicates the existence of tombstone.
On the slopes of the river Távora lies Barcos, a wine producing village in the municipality of Tabuaço. It is believed that the village of Barcos had a medieval castle, built as a defense to the Moorish invasions. Other authors reported that the former parish of Santa Maria de Sabroso, prior to the formation of the country, have given rise to Barcos, during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. In this village there a place called Santo Aleixo, where are placed several farms, such as Quinta do Serro, narrated in the tale "O Cerro", from the work "Mulheres da Beira", wrote by Abel Botelho and published in 1829. The church of Barcos, one of the most valuable monuments of the village, was built during the XIII/ XIV centuries, and it was classified as a National Monument, in 1922.
Cabeço das Pombas
Located in a granitic village of Pinheiros, carvings of Cabeço das Pombas is an artistic-religious manifestation of great importance, with alleged origin in the Bronze age, although their exact symbolism was unknown. It is believed that they were associated with a ceremonial worship. The figures shown in the rock are grouped by sets, recorded at different times, being the oldest in the central ramiforme.
Douro By Railway
In addition to travelling by boat, you can also visit the Douro by catching the old train that follows the river upstream. Some of these inactive railways have even been converted into cycle routes. There is a still one traditional train that operates in parts of the region and those who journey on it are transported back to the 1900s.
In Régua you can travel on the historic steam train with 250 seats spread over five carriages. This train used to connect Régua and Tua but the line is currently closed due to the construction of a dam in the area that will flood the railway line. However, the train continues to travel to Pinhão.
Douro River Cruises
There is no better way of getting to know the Douro than by taking a trip by ship. The different tourist vessels (short duration minicruises, one day cruise with on board meals and hotel cruises with on board accommodation) answer the needs and tastes of every tourist.
Some cruises and minicruises have themes appropriate to the region, for example, the production of wine or nature, allowing you to view the quintas of the Demarcated Douro Region or the cliffs of the International Douro Nature Park, home to rare species such as birds of prey.
Archaeological Park of the Côa Valley
The Archaeological Park of the Côa Valley (PAVC) concentrates most of the Prehistoric Rock Art Sites of the Côa Valley, considered the most important Paleolithic free air art in the world. It is classified as World Heritage by UNESCO, which also has an extension in Spain, located in Siega Verde, in the river Agueda. Currently there are over 60 rock cores, spread over 26 kilometers.