Barca d'Alva
09/25/2020 12:00 AM
09/25/2020 12:00 AM
This morning, we sail east along the Douro. You will see dramatic sheer rock formations, picturesque terraced vineyards and graceful bridges, and trestles along the way; you will also pass through two of the river's locks at the Valeira and Pocinho Dams. We'll arrive at Barca d'Alva, not far from the Spanish border, in mid-afternoon. This afternoon, enjoy a tour to Castelo Rodrigo. Located approximately 2,200 feet above sea level and surrounded by almond trees, Castelo Rodrigo is one of Portugal's 12 historic parishes; its streets are narrow and steep and its houses still present 16th-century fa├žades and the distinctively Portuguese Manueline-style windows. Here you will see Sinagoga Street, a remembrance of the Jewish community established by refugees from the Spanish Inquisition; you can visit the local church as well. As we ride back to our ship, we'll stop along the way to admire panoramic views. (B,L,D),