Admire dream landscapes from your window!

Take the train and discover Portugal at your own pace. Rocked by the rhythm, admire dream landscapes from your window, with your family, as a couple, or by yourself. In addition to regular trips, there are various programs to get to know Portugal by train,  and among so many options, you’re sure to find something appealing.  

Have you ever imagined yourself riding on a steam train that is over a century old? And what if you add scenery as beautiful as in the Douro River valley? All this is possible on the historic Douro train, which, from June to October, takes you on a real journey back in time by the river, between Régua and Tuav, marked by the beauty of the landscape classified by UNESCO as World Heritage. If you like this suggestion, you can take another trip, but this time, you can go aboard the Historic Vouga Train, which takes you from Aveiro to Macinhata do Vouga. After visiting the Macinhata do Vouga Railway Museum, on the return trip you can visit the historical center of Águeda. 

Throughout the year a festival is always happening in Portugal. Did you know that you can go to some of them by train? There are many to choose from, such as the Almond Tree Route, which takes place in February-March, when the almond trees are in bloom and cover the fields in white. The tour takes you to the stunning Alto Douro area, with a visit to the Côa Museum, on bus routes that don’t let you miss any of this stunning spectacle. During the Cherry Festivals in May and June, embark on the Fundão Cherry Route and go by train to the foot of the Serra da Gardunha in central Portugal to discover the charms of the Beira Baixa Line. Take part in picking this fruit, taste the local cuisine, and visit historic locations. 

In September, the grape harvests mark the Douro Wine Region calendar. The train takes you to Régua to visit the wineries and estates where wine is produced, taste the wines, and even participate in the lagaradas – the treading of the grapes in the Douro Wine Region. There’s plenty of socializing and partying to enjoy while you take part in the grape harvest! 

The suggestions don’t stop here; there are also music festivals, the popular saints’ festivities in Lisbon and Porto, the Festival of Our Lady of the Agony in Viana do Castelo, and the Bairrada Route program in central Portugal, among many others. 

Young people aged from 12-30 can take advantage of the Intra_Rail card to get to know Portugal, with guaranteed accommodation at Youth Inns (Pousadas de Juventude); the Portugal Rail Pass offers non-residents of Portugal an easy way to get to know the country from north to south by train, for three- or seven-day journeys. 

Have you ever wondered how far the train can take you? Make your choice and book the program that interests you most in advance. Have a good trip!

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