The Douro Museum (Museu do Douro) is located in Peso da Régua, a reference place for any tourist in the Douro Valley. The permanent exhibition of the Douro Museum was redesigned in 2014.
Departing from Quinta da Bouça, in Paços de Gaiolo, there are several options to get to Régua, as this city is served by the Douro train line (our Mosteirô station is less than 10 min.) and N108 and N222 roads (that our neighbors).
We decided to use N222 and, as expected, the road is very winding. But honestly, even for us – locals – this journey never ceases to be amazing.
After driving for 35-40 minutes, we pass by Quinta da Massôrra, in Resende. It is a family-run property that produces wine and fruits, where visitors are most welcome – if you go early and book a visit, it’s worth knowing.
Up to this point, we are still in the Vinho Verde region and the cherry trees and some olive groves still predominate. From km 120 onwards, on the N222, begins the demarcated region of the ‘Alto Douro Vinhateiro’, in the county of Lamego. Therefore, the vineyard is the queen of the landscape – we enter the domain of the Douro wine region.
Arriving at Peso da Régua, just over an hour after we leave, just cross the river and follow the marginal road to reach Douro Museum.
In addition to the small area for temporary exhibitions, the main attraction of the Douro Museum is the wide division for its permanent exhibition. Of course, winemaking dominates throughout the area, but it is diverse enough to learn more about other natural resources, other economic activities, customs, notable events that are directly related to Douro.
The visit does not end until we pass through the corridors of the archives, restoration and conservation workshops – one side of museum work that is so often invisible to the public eye.
Prices Adults: 6 € | Students and Seniors: € 3 | Children under 12 years: € 0
Parking On the street (paid) and in the Museum
To Lunch Besides the Museum’s own restaurant, there are several places to eat on the same street.
On this day, we chose the neighbor “Gato Preto” where we found a very friendly and helpful service, an enough varied choice and simple for a fair price.
Outside Just in front, by the river, you will find the quay of Régua – it has a café and a large promenade area. In April, when we went, there was still no offer of cruises on the river, but the season would start from May on.