The peaceful town of Peso da Régua, commonly known as Régua, overlooks the Douro River with the Serra do Marao mountains at its rear. The official center of the port wine–growing region, Régua is steeped in the history of winemaking culture. At Casa do Douro, administrative headquarters of the Port Wine Institute, the stained-glass windows are an homage in light and glass depicting the rich history of port wine and its cultural significance to the region.
Régua is your gateway to Lamego, a small town famous for its baroque Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios (Our Lady of Remedies). The sanctuary dates back to the 14th century and is still used by pilgrims today. The shrine is decorated with exquisite tilework in the Moorish manner and there is a grand baroque staircase. One can also visit Lamego’s Gothic cathedal and the ruins of 12th-century Lamego Castle with its unusual vaulted cistern.