When deciding on a wedding venue that it off the beaten track, deciding how you and your guests are going to get there is a pretty important consideration, so here we are going to run over some options to arrive at wedding destinations in the hotspot of the Douro valley, around Peso da Régua. We will consider the starting point as Porto (although sometimes we will refer to the airport, which is just 15 minutes drive from the centre). <ol> <li><strong>Driving</strong> - the drive up to Peso da Régua is essentially all motorway, taking the A4 95kms (1 hour) up to Vila Real and then 25 kms along the A24 to Peso da Régua (20 minutes); so 1 hour 20 minutes in total. It is worth noting that you can take a shortcut (leaving the A4 at Amarante and going in on the N101), which is quite a picturesque route, but it is very winding, so slow-going. In fact pretty much anywhere you go that is not on the motorway you will find to be winding backroads, where it is impossible to drive fast. You have to pay a toll on the motorway, which you can avoid by driving all the way up along the river, but this would take you are 2 hours 45 minutes and there is barely a straight stretch of road the whole way up!</li> <li><strong>Uber/taxi/transfer</strong> - using an airport transfer service, you can expect to pay around €140 for a car (4 people) and €220 for a van (up to 10 people). Uber should be around €80 and a normal taxi around €100. Allow around 1 hour 20 minutes.</li> <li><strong>Train</strong> - you can catch a train from São Bento station in the middle of Porto, for a beautiful route that follows the river all the way up to Peso da Régua. The journey time is about 2 hours (it varies a little) and the ticket is around €10. There is a train every couple of hours or so (see https://www.cp.pt/sites/passageiros/en - you have to enter Peso da Régua as just "Regua" in the search option).</li> <li><strong>Boat</strong> - a truly majestic way to arrive. There are a few options, but generally you will pay somewhere around €60 to €80 with a meal included. It takes around 7 hours and the scenery is fabulous. The boats leave from the middle of Porto (on either the Porto or Gaia side of the river). A popular option is to take the boat in one direction and the train in the other. You can also hire a private boat, which will work out at around €100 per person based on a group of 12.</li> <li><strong>Helicopter</strong> - if you are in a rush and want to splash out a little, then you can get from the helipad besides the river in central Porto straight to your <a href="https://douroweddings.com">wedding venue up the Douro valley</a> in around 30 minutes. Expect to pay around €600 for the trip</li> </ol> <img class="alignnone wp-image-588" src="https://douroweddings.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/douro-helicopter-300x200.jpg" alt="douro helicopter" width="812" height="541" /> As well as providing a comprehensive wedding planner service, we can also look after all the logistical details for you and your guests including, transport, accommodation and activities. Just let us know what you are interested in and we will put together the perfect package for you!
We are passionate about the Douro valley and all it has to offer as a wedding venue. Here are the 10 best things we think the Douro valley has to offer for the perfect Portugal wedding! 1. Its sunny! - during the Summer, the Douro valley gets an average of 9.9 hours of sun a day. So that means blue skies and outdoor events are almost guaranteed. Even out of season, there is generally good weather all year round. 2. Peace and tranquillity - there is a wonderful sense of calm that permeates the Douro valley, starting with the river itself that gently meanders through the valley, but it extends to the gentle pace of life and lack of industrial development. 3. Beautiful scenery - the vineyards which line the valley are terraced into the hillsides and provide a dramatic backdrop to a wedding. Add the a touch of blue from the river and the sky and you have one of the most scenic spots in the world. 4. Easily accessible - the Douro valley is a short motorway journey from Porto and Porto airport (or you can even get a boat up the river), so you will not be too far from civilisation, despite the rural setting. 5. Friendly people - Portugal as a whole is well known for its hospitality, but rural locations like the Douro valley are even more friendly and every one of our guests remark on the warmth of the welcome they receive. 6. Competitive prices - given the beauty of the location and the relatively easy access, prices for wedding venues are extremely competitive as the region is still relatively under-developed. You can see our <a href="https://douroweddings.com/douro-wedding-venues/douro-wedding-packages/">Douro wedding packages</a> for an example. 7. Stunning venues - many of the most sought-after <a href="https://douroweddings.com/douro-wedding-venues/">wedding venues in the Douro valley</a> are working vineyards with majestic and historic buildings built with the money that port wine has brought to the area. 8. Food and wine - the Douro region produces some of the most celebrated table wines in the world as well as being the home of Port wine. There is also a great tradition of gastronomy in the area to complement the wine. 9. Lots to do - when not at the wedding itself, there is plenty for guests to do, including vineyard visits/tasting, river trips and more vigorous activities like whitewater rafting on some of the tributaries to the Douro. You will also not be far from the city of Porto, which is a fabulous place to visit. 10. A happy place - the Douro valley is blessed in so many ways, with a gentle rhythm of life, beautiful surroundings and a culture of kindness, that it has to be one of the happiest places on earth to have the happiest day of your life! <img src="https://douroweddings.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/shutterstock_1495227725-300x200.jpg" alt="douro_wedding" width="900" height="600" class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-417" /> But don't take our word for it - if you are thinking about having a wedding in Portugal in the Douro valley, please contact us to find out more and book a visit to see for yourself!