Barca d’Alva, is a village situated in a beautiful valley on the left bank of the Douro, near the Spanish border and inserted in the International Douro Natural Park.
Barca d’Alva developed with the construction of the Douro Line in the 19th century and the consequent railway connection to Spain (Fregeneda station) which allowed a connection to the rest of Europe. The border station of Barca D’Alva had, besides its normal functions, a customs post, fiscal guard and a hotel.
In 1988 the railway station was deactivated as well as the railway connection to Spain.
The land around Barca D’Alva is very rich in agricultural activities, with crops such as olive groves, vineyards and almond trees.
Barca D’Alva has been a stopping point for Douro Cruises since the construction of its river pier, being the limit of the Douro navigation channel. It is a region with very beautiful landscapes, being inserted in the International Douro Natural Park and which is also known for the Almond trees in Flower.
- Railway Station
- Almond Flower Festival