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Barca D'Alva River Cruises

About Barca d’Alva

Situated in the north of Portugal, Barca d’Alva is located on the bank of the Douro River and in the northern district of Guarda, just over a mile from the border with Spain. It is the final port of call along the Douro before the river enters Spain and due to its proximity to Pinhao, river cruises typically explore both towns in one day. Tracing its origins back to medieval times, Barca d’Alva sits within the boundaries of the Douro International Natural Park and marks the completion of the Douro Line in 1887, a train line connecting the country with the rest of Europe. During the 1980s however, the town’s connection by rail was terminated with the last train operating in 1988 and today, most of the traffic which passes through is along the Douro. The land around Barca d’Alva is rich and fertile, supporting the growth and manufacture of olives, wine and almonds.

Exploring Barca d’Alva

Because it lies so close to the border, Barca d’Alva offers a blend of both Portuguese and Spanish cultures, something which is clearly reflected in its architecture. Stroll around the town and you’ll see a row of traditional white-washed cottages and the old train station building – long closed but still a poignant historical marker of the town’s railway heritage and the source of much inspiration for budding photographers.

The town’s bustling market is a great place to source some authentic, hand-crafted souvenirs to take back home and there are stalls offering all manner of bags, jewellery and local crafts. Because there are few individual landmarks to see, Barca D’Alva is also the perfect place to take a load off and sample some of the local cuisine as there is a good choice of local eateries in the area, offering a wealth of authentic Portuguese cuisine.

Indeed, the focus of almost every river cruise excursion to the port is to explore the vineyards and wine-making facilities which lie close to the town. A number of shore excursions operated by river cruise lines visit Quinta de Seixo, a famous wine-making institution in the area. Here, visitors can learn all about how the famous vintages are produced and of course, sample some for themselves. Though the produce is distinctly traditional and has been a taste of the region for centuries, you may be surprised to learn just how state-of-the-art the technology used at Quinta de Seixo is and any visit will surely prove fascinating to both sommeliers and those with just a passing interest.

Barca d’Alva tips

Unsurprisingly, the best tip anyone can receive when visiting Barca d’Alva is to sample the aforementioned wine but the town’s equally renowned for its olive production, so a tapas-style dish would give you a chance to taste the produce for yourself. Almonds are also popular here and if you’re a fan, make for a good souvenir to take back home.

 

Barca D'Alva Itineraries

Pinhao

Enticing Douro - Roundtrip Porto

30 sailing dates April 2019 to November 2019
7 Nights From Porto, Portugal to Porto
AmaWaterways logo FROM £2239pp
Salamanca

Portugal’s River of Gold - Lisbon to Porto

165 sailing dates March 2019 to June 2020
9 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal to Porto
Viking Cruises logo FROM £1895pp
Pinhao

Lisbon to Leverinho via Coimbra, Porto

7 sailing dates April 2019 to October 2019
7 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal to Porto
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Peso Da Régua

Porto, The Douro Valley and Samamanca

9 sailing dates April 2019 to October 2019
5 Nights From Porto, Portugal to Porto
CroisiEurope logo FROM £949pp
Pinhao

Lisbon and the Douro Valley Jazz

1 sailing date October 2019
10 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal to , Oporto
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Blaye

Douro, Basque Country & Bordeaux Delights

5 sailing dates June 2019 to September 2019
22 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal to , Versailles
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Libourne

Douro, Basque Country And Bordeaux

5 sailing dates June 2019 to September 2019
19 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal to France , Bordeaux
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Oporto

Douro Discovery

23 sailing dates March 2019 to November 2019
7 Nights From Oporto, to Oporto
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Oporto

Gilbert & Sullivan on the Douro with Lisbon

1 sailing date July 2019
10 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal to , Oporto
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Pinhao

Gilbert & Sullivan on the Douro

1 sailing date July 2019
7 Nights From Oporto, to Oporto
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Pinhao

Jazz on the Douro

2 sailing dates October 2019
7 Nights From Oporto, to Oporto
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Pinhao

Lisbon and the Douro Valley

15 sailing dates March 2019 to November 2019
10 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal to , Oporto
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Salamanca

Portugal's River of Gold

1 sailing date October 2020
7 Nights From Porto, Portugal to Porto
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Pinhao

Portugal, Spain & the Douro River Valley

18 sailing dates March 2019 to November 2019
7 Nights From Porto, Portugal to Porto
Uniworld River Cruises logo FROM £2299pp
Pinhao

Lisbon and the Douro Valley

1 sailing date August 2019
10 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal to , Oporto
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Salamanca

Porto, The Douro Valley and Salamanca

28 sailing dates April 2019 to October 2019
7 Nights From Porto, Portugal to Porto
CroisiEurope logo FROM £1319pp
Pinhao

Douro Delights - Porto to Madrid

4 sailing dates May 2019 to September 2019
7 Nights From Porto, Portugal to Spain , Madrid
APT Cruising logo FROM £3069pp
Oporto

Douro Discovery

13 sailing dates March 2019 to August 2019
7 Nights From Oporto, to Oporto
Saga Group logo FROM £1299pp
Pinhao

Flavours of Portugal & Spain -Vega Terron to Porto

14 sailing dates April 2019 to October 2019
7 Nights From Vega De Terron, Spain, to Portugal , Porto
AmaWaterways logo FROM £2169pp
Peso Da Régua

Douro Discovery - Porto to Porto

2 sailing dates July 2019 to August 2019
7 Nights From Porto, Portugal to Porto

Single traveller river cruises from £3,339

APT Cruising logo FROM £1929pp

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