Top places to stay in Douro Valley

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November 4, 2017
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Written by Sara Riobom

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Going to Douro Valley is one of the best things you can do if you’re staying in Porto for some days.

You can either organise a day trip to visit one or two vineyards, but if you’re planning to stay in the region for a longer time, here’s my suggestions for you to stay in Douro Valley, from the best hotels in Douro (some are even considered the best hotels in Portugal!), lovely vineyards and countryside houses.

When it comes to deciding where to stay in Douro Valley, there are several options that includes staying at one of the major cities in the region (Régua, Pinhão or Lamego), staying in tiny wine villages (such as Tabuaço) or simply staying at vineyards. I included a map so that you can better visualize the region.

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The Douro Valley is divided in three subregions: Baixo Corgo, Cima Corgo and Douro Superior, moving from West (the Atlantic coast) to East (Spain).

  • The two main cities to stay in the first subregion, Baixo Corgo, are Régua, Lamego and Vila Real.
    Régua is not a particularly beautiful city but it has great restaurants and easy access from the highway, staying just 1h30 driving distance from Porto.
  • The main city in Cima Corgo is Pinhão, a tiny village with nothing to see except for the train station.
    The main advantage of staying in Pinhão is that you will be close to several important Port wine vineyards such as Quintas das Carvalhas, Quinta da Roêda and Quinta do Bomfim. Moreover, the short boat rides in Douro river (1h or 2h) departure from Pinhão. However, Pinhão lacks proper restaurants, which I find particularly annoying.Around Pinhão there also some tiny wine villages such as Tabuaço and Provesende. This is my favourite option when it comes to stay in Douro Valley as you are close enough to the vineyards but still far enough to fully appreciate the “normal” life of the region.
  • The main city in Douro Superior is Vila Nova de Foz Côa. I am absolutely in love with this subregion as it produces tremendous red wines. Unfortunately, as it is rather far away from Porto (2h30 driving distance, no piece of cake!), I decided not to included accommodation options in this article.

In this list, I am including some of the best vineyards, luxury hotels, budget friendly options and much more close to Régua (Cima Corgo) and to Pinhão (Baixo Corgo), as well as in the tiny wine villages I mentioned before. I hope you enjoy this list of hotels in Douro! 🙂

Where to Stay in Douro Valley: Régua and Lamego (main cities in Baixo Corgo)

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With a great outdoor area, a stunning interior, a high-quality restaurant and a perfect location, the Wine House Hotel in Quinta da Pacheca has earned its place to be on the best hotels in Douro. This place reminds me of the Vintage House Hotel because it effortlessly mixes luxury and traditional elements.

I believe the Wine House Hotel is one of the best hotels in Portugal to tie the knot thanks to their fabulous wedding venue. Newlyweds can even spend an unforgettable honeymoon there.

When you visit the Wine House Hotel and after you get to appreciate the beauty of your own bedroom, you should hit the Wine House restaurant to try out some delicious traditional Portuguese meals paired with Quinta da Pacheca’s wine, courtesy of Chef Carlos Pires.

Some activities on this perfect hotel in Douro are the definition of fun times. They include wine tasting, wine courses, walking or biking tours, cooking workshops and boat rides.

How to get there: take the train to Régua, then take a 9min taxi ride to the Wine House Hotel in Quinta da Pacheca.

Six Senses Douro Valley

Quinta Vale de Abrão, Lamego

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Six Senses Douro Valley is a castle-like 5-star hotel that prides itself on being one of the best luxury hotels in Portugal.

The bedrooms are contemporary with neutral colours, each more stunning than the other. But if one room is not enough, Six Senses Douro Valley offers full 2-3 bedroom apartments, perfect for families or large groups.

After a long day of travel, you can head out to the Six Senses Douro Valley lavish spa, the heated indoor pool with water jets or the outdoor pool and refreshment bar. You can also hit the gym for a quick workout session.

For dinner time, you have many options. You can eat at the nearby Quinta Vale Abraão Restaurant with its seasonal menu, at Six Senses Douro Valley Dining room or the terrace. The consulting chef at Six Senses Douro Valley is Ljubomir Stanisic, a famous chef whom I call the Gordon Ramsay of Portugal.

A stay in Douro Valley is not complete without some wine tasting. So don’t forget to visit the Wine Library at the Six Senses Douro Valley, the Quinta Vale Abraão Bar & Lounge for some good wine and refreshments.

There are many activities offered by Six Senses Douro Valley. For example, you can take a Douro River cruise, join a helicopter ride, visit the oldest wineries and do some wine tasting. If you’re more into sports activities, try out canoeing, mountain biking or tree climbing.

And the answer to your question is: yes, it is very expensive to stay at the Six Senses Douro Valley, but you shouldn’t miss an opportunity to stay at the best hotel in Douro!

How to get there: take the train to Régua, then take an 10min taxi ride to Six Senses Douro Valley.

Lamego Hotel & Life

 Rua de São João, Lamego

If you’re looking for a unique hotel in Douro, consider Lamego Hotel & Life, one of the best hotels in Portugal in terms of design, location and activities.

The interior is my favourite thing about this hotel. It has the perfect combination of modern, minimalist and industrial styles. However, some guests complained about bedroom walls not being soundproof, so that’s something to be aware of.

Take a dip in Lamego Hotel heated outdoor pool, but if that’s not cutting it, you can swim in their indoor pool, sit in a jacuzzi, a Turkish bath or a sauna. You also get to play tennis or hike in one of the world’s most breathtaking view. Also, they have an outdoor playground, perfect if you’re traveling with your kids.

Lamego Hotel & Life has an onsite restaurant which offers many typical Portuguese dishes accompanied by the best wines from the Douro region.

Besides wine tasting, this hotel offers a boat ride with an audio, canyoning, kayaking and riding a 4×4 around the Douro Valley.

How to get there: take the train to Régua, then take an 18min taxi ride to Lamego Hotel.

Quinta do Vallado

Vilarinho dos Freires, Peso da Régua

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Near Régua train station, you’ll find Quinta do Vallado hotel, a 4-star wine hotel surrounded by beautiful vineyards. Quinta do Vallado is composed of two wings, a traditional 1733 renovated manor house and a 2012 modern building. This is one of the best hotels in Douro (and, in our opinion, one of the best hotels in Portugal!), if you want all the goodness of the area wrapped in one.

The bedrooms in the manor house are large, cozy with light or neutral colors. And the bedrooms in the new modern wings are romantic, designed with dark wood and concrete ceiling. I know choosing where to stay is not easy because both living quarters are awesome, but you can have a great experience in both.

The price per night includes a visit to the cellar, wine tasting, breakfast, bicycles, fishing gear, fruit and wine in the room so make sure you take advantage of everything offered. And if that’s not convincing, Quinta do Vallado has many more activities to do including boat trips, jeep tours, picnics, cooking classes, snooker, spa and canoeing. We truly recommend the wine tour, as it is rather well structured and informative.

How to get there: take the train to Régua, then take a 7min taxi ride to Quinta do Vallado.

Casa de São Domingos

Avenida Diocese de Vila Real nº 821, Peso da Régua

I don’t normally gravitate towards places with traditional interior design because they feel outdated and unwelcoming.

However, I fell in love with Casa de São Domingos because it’s where a traditional interior is done right. Thanks the impressive decor, great location, beautiful garden and magnificent scenery, São Domingos is one of the best hotels in Douro.

The traditional design and the celebration of antiquity can be seen in the bedrooms. Not to mention, the bathrooms have blue tiles that are nothing short of interesting.

On the property, breakfast is served daily. There’s also a shared lounge, a bar, a swimming pool and a bicycle rental service. Staying in Casa de São Domingos gives you the chance to explore the area and its culture by visiting places like the Douro museum which offers wine tastings programs.

How to get there: take the train to Régua, then take a 5min taxi ride to Casa de São Domingos.

Douro Palace Hotel Resort & Spa

Lugar do Carrapatelo, Baião

If you want to have a luxurious experience for your stay in Douro, eat amazing food and gaze at an unforgettable view, Douro Palace Hotel Resort & Spa got you covered. This is definitely one of the best luxury hotels in Portugal, get ready for quite an experience!

Decorated with neutral colors and luxury-like furniture, the bedrooms at Douro Palace Hotel are the places you don’t want to leave. You can choose a garden view or a river view for your time in the Douro Valley.

Upon arrival, you should visit Restaurante Eça which serves regional cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. And if you’re up for a drink, you can choose one of Douro Palace’s 3 bars with local and international drinks.

After you spend a full day out and about in the Douro region, head out to Douro Palace Spa for a relaxing massage.

How to get there: take the train to Aregos, then take a 4min taxi ride to Douro Palace Hotel Resort & Spa.

Where to stay in Douro Valley: Pinhão and nearby wine villages (Cima Corgo)

Quinta Nova – Luxury Winery House

Quinta Nova, Covas do Douro | +351 254 730 430

Quinta Nova (de Nossa Senhora do Carmo) is simply stunning, there is no other way to put it, and hence a great option to stay in Douro Valley.

Among the vineyards from which some of the best wines in Douro Valley come from, you’ll find a boutique hotel covered in schist and cork, two traditional Portuguese materials. You’ll be welcomed by some of the nicest staff I’ve encountered in my life, and taken to your traditional Portuguese room.

It’s time for you to relax; you’re at home.

Quinta Nova is the ideal place for someone looking for slow tourism in Douro Valley. As it is quite far away from everything else, it is fantastic if you’re looking for a romantic getaway in Douro Valley, or simply to enjoy some days completely away from the rest of the world.

Once there, you can enjoy a glass of wine at the swimming pool facing the mountains, or read a book at its delicate winter garden. You’ll also be able to find some very interesting books about the Douro Valley and the production of Port wines, which I personally found fascinating.

If the weather allows it, venture into the property, on the vineyards, on the woods and inside the little chapels. Just make sure to ask for a map at the reception.

Moreover, you musn’t lose the opportunity to go for a wine tour at Quinta Nova, as it is very informative and slow paced. At the end, you’ll be able to taste some of its marvellous wines – I strongly recommend you to taste the beautiful Mirabilis Grande Reserve (the red one).

How to get there: I have to be honest – it’s not that easy to get there. From Pinhão it’s around 20min drive, from Porto around 1h45. If you’re not in the mood to rent a car, then simply take the train and Quinta Nova will provide you with a free transfer to / from the train station.

Quinta de La Rosa

Quinta de la Rosa 215, Pinhão | +351 254 732 254

Quinta de La Rosa is a small scale producer just 2min driving from Pinhão, which makes it great in terms of accessibility.

The bedrooms are very comfortable, but this property lacks the existence of appropriate common living rooms, where I usually spend most of my time.

Therefore, unlike Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo, is not the kind of vineyard where you go to stay a long time – on the other hand, and given its privileged location, it’s the perfect place to stay in Douro Valley if you’re planning to visit several vineyards around.

Therefore, after  taking its wine tour (as it is quite good), you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to visit other vineyards in the surroundings, such as Quinta da Roêda and Quinta do Bomfim.

Moreover, give it a try at the restaurant at Quinta de La Rosa, called Cozinha da Clara – for me, it is definitely one of the best restaurants in Douro Valley! The chef, Pedro Cardoso, is surprisingly wise given his age, and has a deep respect for the Portuguese flavours.

How to get there: the easiest way is to take the train to Pinhão, and then a taxi to Quinta de La Rosa.

Quinta do Portal

Celeiros Do Douro, Sabrosa | +351 259 937 000

Quinta do Portal is definitely one of the best vineyards to stay in Douro Valley.

Inside this Quinta you’ll find one of the most superb hotels in Douro Valley, with a beautifully decorated living room facing the vineyards, and a cozy, smaller room with a fireplace that is perfect for colder days.

Besides that, Quinta do Portal has a restaurant where you’ll be able to taste some beautiful traditional Portuguese dishes (guests from the hotel have discount on the restaurant). I suggest you to take their wine suggestions for each dish, it is really worth it!

Once there, take 1h to visit the wine cellars – Quinta do Portal is rather unique as its warehouse was designed by Álvaro Siza Vieira, the famous architect from Porto. Moreover, this vineyard in Douro Valley produces both wines, Port wines and muscats, and hence it’s perfect for a more comprehensive tasting of the wines from this region.

How to get there: it’s very easy by car, coming from Porto. Simply take A4 highway (direction Vila Real), then take A24 by leaving on the exit 13. From there, you’ll be following the national roads N322 and N323. Quinta do Portal will appear on your left hand side.

The Vintage House Hotel

Lugar da Ponte, Pinhão | +351 254 730 230

When you’re looking for places to stay in Douro Valley, you have to experience The Vintage House Hotel, one of the best luxury hotels in Portugal. The rooms at the Vintage House Hotel combine traditional elements with all the amenities of a romantic luxury hotel. Upon arrival, you’ll be welcomed with a bottle of a Fonseca’s Port wine, accompanied by dried nuts – how delicious!

This is a spacious romantic hotel where you can enjoy beautiful common areas besides your bedroom. It has a bar with an English style decor and comfortable leather sofas. On the shelves of the largest living room, there are antique books and objects that are an invitation to your imagination. Plus, the Vintage House Hotel has a pool with its own bar. There are also several gardened spaces with terraces overlooking the Douro river.

In the Vintage House Hotel, a complete breakfast can be served on the terrace if the weather allows it. Otherwise, the breakfast room is warm and welcoming just like the other spaces in this hotel.

Located at the heart of the Douro Valley in Pinhão, the Vintage House Hotel is perfect for those who want to go for a boat ride or visit several vineyards in the Douro Valley without the need to drive much.

How to get there: take the train to Pinhão. The Vintage House Hotel is a 1 min walking distance.

LBV House Hotel

Rua da Galeira, Pinhão | +351 254 738 320

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LBV House is a modern hotel with an accessible location, incredible view and a cozy interior.

The bedrooms all come with a spectacular view and a featured wall covered with a huge picture reminiscent of the Douro Valley.

When you arrive at the LBV House Hotel, don’t miss out on their breakfast buffet. You can also have breakfast served to your room while you’re getting lost in the Douro view on the balcony.

In this hotel, there are fun activities you can participate in for your stay in Douro Valley. For example, you can visit the wine cellar, do a wine tasting and attend presentations to learn about wine production in the Douro.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can go for a hike. You can also have a chill day in b enjoying the outdoor pool and hitting the Vintage Bar afterward.

I recommend you to venture around town and eat dinner at a local restaurant such as Veladouro, a 11min walk from the hotel. Veladouro is a traditional Portuguese restaurant specialized in grilled meat and fish. Not to mention, it has a nice view of the Douro River.

How to get there: take the train to Pinhão then take a 4min taxi ride to the LBV House Hotel.

Morgadio da Calçada

Rua Cabo de Vila 18, Provesende

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In a little village called Provesende, you can take a trip back in time by visiting this 17th century manor vintage house. The bedrooms are all in different buildings, giving Morgadio da Calcada a village-like atmosphere.

Upon arrival at Morgadio da Calcada, you’ll be welcomed with a bottle of Port wine. Soon after, you should get to know the property, the gardens, the chapel and the cool outdoor swimming pool.

Also, you must visit their vineyards and taste the wine they produce there. You can also take wine tasting classes which I think are pretty cool for people who are new to the Port wine world. If you’re not sure what to do around the area, the staff will be happy to help you find what you’re looking for. And don’t forget to buy a wine bottle before leaving ending your stay in Douro Valley.

How to get there: take the train to Pinhão and then a 20min taxi ride to Morgadio da Calçada.

Casas da Faísca

Quinta da Faisca, Favaios | +351 969 032 066

Casas da Faisca is one of the best places to stay in Douro Valley for those who are looking for peace and solitude.

Here you don’t just get a bedroom, you get a patio with garden views, a full kitchen and a bathroom.

The interior is simplistic and traditional, but the focus is the incredible outdoor space where you can enjoy some wine, visit the vineyards or even have some BBQ.

How to get there: take the train to Pinhão and then a 23min taxi ride to Casas da Faísca.

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