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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

14 Days Douro Delights with Lisbon and Madrid

4 sailing dates May 2021 to September 2021
13 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal, Portugal to Spain , Madrid
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Oporto

Lisbon and the Douro Valley

1 sailing date November 2021
10 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal, Portugal to Oporto
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Peso Da Régua

Douro Discovery

1 sailing date November 2021
7 Nights From Oporto, Portugal to Oporto
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Pinhao

Lisbon and the Douro Valley

1 sailing date November 2021
10 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal, Portugal to Oporto
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Pinhao

Porto, The Douro Valley

5 sailing dates April 2021 to October 2021
5 Nights From Porto, Portugal to Porto
CroisiEurope logo FROM £859pp
Pinhao

Douro Discovery

34 sailing dates March 2021 to November 2021
7 Nights From Oporto, Portugal to Oporto
Saga River Cruises logo FROM £1549pp
Peso Da Régua

The Douro, The Portuguese Soul

10 sailing dates March 2021 to November 2021
7 Nights From Porto, Portugal to Porto
CroisiEurope logo FROM £1269pp
Pinhao

The Douro Valley, Unspoiled Nature

1 sailing date April 2021
7 Nights From Porto, Portugal to Porto
CroisiEurope logo FROM £1729pp
Pinhao

Lisbon, Porto And The Douro Valley

1 sailing date October 2021
7 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal, Portugal to Porto
CroisiEurope logo FROM £1389pp
Pinhao

Douro Discovery: A Family River Cruise in Portugal

2 sailing dates July 2021
9 Nights From Madrid, Spain to Portugal , Porto
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Pinhao

The Douro Valley with a Pousada Stay

1 sailing date October 2021
10 Nights From Oporto, Portugal to Oporto
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Oporto

Lisbon and the Douro Valley

34 sailing dates March 2021 to November 2021
10 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal, Portugal to Oporto
Saga River Cruises logo FROM £1999pp
Oporto

The Party Spirit of Lisbon and the Douro Valley

1 sailing date June 2021
10 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal, Portugal to Oporto
Saga River Cruises logo FROM £2499pp
Pinhao

Party Spirit on the Douro

1 sailing date June 2021
7 Nights From Oporto, Portugal to Oporto
Saga River Cruises logo FROM £1999pp
Peso Da Régua

Enticing Douro - Roundtrip Porto

45 sailing dates April 2021 to November 2022
7 Nights From Porto, Portugal to Porto
AmaWaterways logo FROM £2819pp
Pinhao

Portugal, Spain, the Douro River Valley

65 sailing dates March 2021 to November 2022
10 Nights From Porto, Portugal to Lisbon, Portugal

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Peso Da Régua

Douro Discovery with Lisbon

6 sailing dates April 2021 to September 2021
10 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal, Portugal to Porto
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Guimarães

Douro River Valley

66 sailing dates March 2021 to November 2022
7 Nights From Porto, Portugal to Porto
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Seville

Spain And Portugal Delights

1 sailing date April 2021
22 Nights From Barcelona, to Spain , Madrid
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Pinhao

Douro Delights - Porto to Madrid

4 sailing dates May 2021 to September 2021
8 Nights From Porto, Portugal to Spain , Madrid
APT Cruising logo FROM £3869pp

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