North

Discover the bountiful natural beauty of Portugal’s lush northern region. The landscape is dramatic and unspoilt, with fascinating medieval villages, historic castles and spectacular mountain ranges to encounter.

Meandering through a verdant landscape of terraced vineyards and grand estates, the Douro river extends all the way from the Spanish border to the charming city of Porto. Famous for its gastronomy and Port wine, the Douro region is one of the oldest demarcated wine regions and a World Heritage site. Take a tour of the Port wine cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia to taste the varieties and learn the special characteristics of each one.

Want to immerse yourself in nature? Hike through the mountains of the Peneda-Gerês National Park to enjoy the scenic beauty of the greenest region in Portugal. The adventurous can try white-water rafting down the Minho river, while those interested in history will be awed by the neolithic stone formations and Roman ruins throughout the region. The coastal roads will take you on a wonderful journey through a landscape of rivers and waterfalls.

Places to see in the north of Portugal include the enchanting cities of Viana do Castelo and medieval Guimarães, the walled citadel of Bragança and the Santuário do Bom Jesus do Monte in Braga.


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