Encircled by terraced hillsides that produce some of the world’s best port – and some stellar table wines, too, pretty little Pinhão sits on a particularly lovely bend of the Rio Douro, about 25km upriver from Peso da Régua. Wineries and their competing signs dominate the scene. Even the delightful train station has azulejos (hand-painted tiles) depicting the grape harvest. The town itself, cute though it is, holds little of interest, but does makes a fine base for exploring the many surrounding vineyards.
In addition to drinking your fill, this is a good setting for country walks, and there are some fine day-trip possibilities. Except on high-season weekends, street parking is straightforward. Look around the train station or down by the river (first left after passing the train station).