5085 Pinhão, Portugal
Photo by Rita Alves
Trekking in Douro Valley, São Cristóvão do Douro TrailAs We Love Small Hotels suggested, I went for a walk. I didn’t have much time, so I took a taxi to Provesende, which is a village at around 600 meter altitude. The fog was very dense, so it wasn’t possible to appreciate Douro Valley from the plateau where Provesende stands. However, I strolled in the (almost) empty streets, contemplating manor and noble houses, meeting some locals that were passing by, sometimes hearing their voices behind the fog curtain.
Heading down to Pinhão, I passed by many vineyards, where orange-brown was the predominant color. The only sound I could hear was the leaves crackling. The fog disappeared and I could see Pinhão at the bottom of the terraces, where the river Pinhão flows into the right bank of river Douro. The view is amazing.
At Pinhão, is mandatory to visit the train station. Twenty four panels of beautiful ancient tiles embellish the walls of this old train station. With wine motifs, the tiles depict the bustle of the grapes harvest, the transport on Rabelos (wooden typical boat), landscapes and costumes of Douro region.