Douro valley getting taxis or Uber cars

Jun 13th, 2019, 06:23 AM
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Douro valley getting taxis or Uber cars

Hi there!

We are visiting the Duoro Valley in September this year. Since we are traveling as a group, we'll hire a bus for the whole day from Porto. The problem with having a bus is that it seems most wineries are not easily accessible and large vehicles like buses cannot reach them. So the question is-- how difficult is it to order taxis or something like Uber when we reach the Duoro Valley? For example to have them pick us up on the main road and take us up to the wineries. We'd need like 4 or 5 cars. Is that even possible? Did anyone have any experience getting a cab in Duoro Valley?

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Jun 13th, 2019, 05:25 PM
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Uber doesn't operate in the Douro Valley.

Most wineries are accessed by small, narrow winding roads but there are a few exceptions:
For example, Sandeman-Quinta do Seixo can handle large buses chartered by the luxury river cruise lines (Ama, Uniworld, Viking).
In fact, we parked by mistake in the large bus lot at Sandeman, and the black caped Sandeman guide asked us to move. There is a separate road for the buses to climb up to the winery.

The river cruise lines also use the Quinta da Avessada in Favaios for their visits and dinners, so it must handle these large buses, but I've never visited.
The river cruise lines use the local bus company. Douro Azul, to transport their passengers to the winery visits.

Quinta do Bomfim (Symington Estates) located right in the village of Pinhão, a 5-minute walk from the train station, does have ample parking but I can't remember if the lot is large enough for 20+-passenger buses. Tours and tastings by appointment only. You can send them an email to inquire about bus parking.
Quinta das Carvalhas-Real Companhia Velha is also within walking distance of the Pinhão train station, just across the bridge, and its web site indicates it welcomes sightseeing buses.

I've used the taxi services of Emmanuel Anselmo, Taxis Douro, in Régua. Although he's a "one man show", he might be able organize a group of taxis for you to take your group around. He does speak good English, receives solid reviews and responds quickly by email, IME.

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Jun 14th, 2019, 12:13 AM
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Where in the Douro? And what size bus? If it is a small bus (like a 21 seater) you can get close enough to many wineries as long as you can walk a few minutes. If you are thinking of going to Pinhão there are not many taxis (like maybe three) and they get booked up. If it is a big bus for fifty people, you are probably better going off with visits to the wineries Maribel recommends. Especially if the driver does not speak English. An Uber driver would make a killing in the Douro Valley.
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Jun 14th, 2019, 08:18 AM
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Another Douro winery that's bus accessible (at least for a 21-seater), without driving up narrow, winding roads, is Quinta da Pacheca in Cambres, just across the river from (Peso da) Régua.
One of the river cruise lines (Ama Waterways) uses Quinta da Pacheca for its group dinners. They can handle events, it has quite a noted restaurant and is a wine hotel with some suites in the form of wine barrels. I've tasted and dined there.

In Pinhão, you could get a small bus close enough to visit Quinta de la Rosa (not a steep road), just about 2 km. west of town on the M590. It's also a hotel and has a nice restaurant, Cozinha da Clara, the great river views.

The taxi driver I've dealt with in small Pinhão is Manuel Anselmo, but he's another "one man show". As Rialtogrl says, there aren't many taxi drivers in this small town.
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