Porto e Norte de Portugal

It was in Porto and the north that Portugal came into being as a country, which is why the region has such a rich and fascinating heritage.

This is a mountainous area with rivers, natural parks and steep, sloping hillsides covered with leafy vegetation. The granite from its mountains was used to build many of the region’s religious and historical monuments, such as the unpretentious Romanesque chapels and baroque churches.

History surrounds you when you visit the region’s castles, and at the countless manor houses and palaces emblazoned with coats of arms, visitors are received with an aristocratic display of hospitality.

The region have 4 important destinations: Minho, Trás-os-Montes, Douro and Porto.

With its stunning coastal, river and mountain landscapes, the Minho is the ideal place for a sporting or adventure holiday. If you love mountain climbing, your efforts will be rewarded in the Minho. Mountain ranges here afford some outstanding views across the region to Gerês, Cabreira and Peneda.

For those of you that prefer a relaxing stroll you can wander along the many pathways in this beautiful landscape. Discover the local dolmens, Roman remains, wild horses and birds of prey. The regions rivers consist of the Minho itself, the Lima, Cávado, Ave and Tâmega. They are all excellent for fishing or for a simple canoe journey.

Test your sense of direction orienteering in the beautiful and challenging Trás-os-Montes region.

However, this region also owes much of its character to the great waterway that cuts it in half, the scenic River Douro, whose vine-filled valley is today classified as a world heritage site. The river was given the name of ouro (gold) because it brings the water that the sun-drenched vines rely on to produce the world-famous Port wine. But also because this was the place from which ships used to set sail in the great period of Portuguese discovery. Or perhaps the name is due to the carved and gilded woodwork of the city’s countless baroque churches.

The fact remains that this ancient city gave its name to both Port wine and to the nation of Portugal. Much of its heritage is based on shipping and trade, making it a bustling and passionate city. Porto is also classified as world heritage site. Perhaps these are the reasons why Porto finds its way into the hearts of its visitors. Porto is one of Portugal’s oldest cities. To find out more about its history and culture you can walk its well-signposted guide route. Experience a nostalgic journey with an old-fashioned tram ride to Foz, where the River Douro meets the Atlantic Ocean. Or visit the great churches and monuments evoking some of the great personalities and events of Portuguese history.

Know the best places to stay on the Northern Portugal:

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CASA DO CORREIO MOR

Ponte da Barca

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PAÇO DE CALHEIROS

Ponte de Lima

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CASA DO BARREIRO

Ponte de Lima

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CASA DO OUTEIRO

Ponte de Lima

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CASA DA VÁRZEA

Ponte de Lima

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CASA DA LAGE

Ponte de Lima

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CASA DO ANQUIÃO

Ponte de Lima

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CASA DAS TORRES

Ponte de Lima

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Casa do Ameal

Viana do Castelo

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QUINTA DO MONTEVERDE

Viana do Castelo

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CASA DOS ASSENTOS

Barcelos

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CASA DE ALFENA

Póvoa de Lanhoso

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CASA DOS LAGOS

Braga

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CASA DA TOJEIRA

Cabeceiras de Basto

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CASA DAS PAREDES

Fafe

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CASA DE CANEDO

Celorico de Basto

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CASA DOS POMBAIS

Guimarães

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CASA DO RIBEIRO

Guimarães

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CASA DE SEZIM

Guimarães

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CASA DO CAMPO

Celorico de Basto

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Paço de São Cipriano

Guimarães

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CASA DE VILARINHO DE S. ROMÃO

Sabrosa

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CASA DAS TORRES DE OLIVEIRA

Mesão Frio

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CASA DOS VARAIS

Peso da Régua

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CASA DE SANTO ANTONIO DE BRITIANDE

Lamego

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QUINTA DA CALÇADA

Melgaço

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QUINTA DE SANTO ANTÓNIO

Monção

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QUINTA DE CORTINHAS

Arcos de Valdevez

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QUINTA DA PROVA

Ponte da Barca

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QUINTA DO REI

Ponte de Lima

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CASA DA PORTELA DE SAMPRIZ

Ponte da Barca

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QUINTA DA ALDEIA

Ponte de Lima

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QUINTA DA ROSEIRA

Ponte de Lima

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QUINTA DA AGRA

Ponte de Lima

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Quinta do Sobreiro da Facha

Ponte de Lima

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QUINTA DO CASAL DO CONDADO

Ponte de Lima

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QUINTA DA MATA

Chaves

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QUINTA DE PAÇO D'ANHA

Viana do Castelo

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QUINTA DE SANTA BAIA

Ponte de Lima

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QUINTA DE MALTA

Barcelos

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QUINTA DO SOBREIRO

Vila Verde

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QUINTA DE SÃO BENTO

Vila Verde

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QUINTA DO SOURINHO

Barcelos

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QUINTA DE SANTA COMBA

Barcelos

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QUINTA DO CONVENTO DA FRANQUEIRA

Barcelos

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QUINTA DA PONTE DO LOURO

V.N. Famalicão

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QUINTA DE CIMA DE EIRIZ

Guimarães

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QUINTA DA PICARIA

Santo Tirso

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QUINTA DA VEIGA

Sabrosa

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QUINTA DE VENTUZELA

Cinfães

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QUINTA DO TERREIRO

Lamego

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Quinta de Pindela

V.N. Famalicão

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CASA DA EIRA

Valença

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CASA DA ENCRUZILHADA

Ponte de Lima

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MOÍNHO DE ESTORÃOS

Ponte de Lima

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CASA DO TAMANQUEIRO

Ponte de Lima

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CASA DE SEQUIADE

Barcelos

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CASINHA DE MOZELOS

Paredes de Coura

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QUINTA DA BEMVISA

Ponte de Lima

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CASA DA SERRA - CERQUIDO VILLAGE

Ponte de Lima

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Azenha do Rei

Ponte de Lima

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Quinta do Ameal - Enoturismo

Ponte de Lima

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QUINTA DE CARTEMIL

Ponte de Lima

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CASAS DE PORTO BOM

Ponte da Barca

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QUINTA DE SÃO SEBASTIÃO

Ponte de Lima

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Quinta do Sorilhal

Vieira do Minho

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CASA DO CASAL DO CARVALHAL

Amares

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CASA DO MONTE

Barcelos

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QUINTA DO BARRACÃO DA VILARIÇA

Vila Flor

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CASA DE SANTA CRISTINA

Marco de Canaveses

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Casa da Bica - Branda da Aveleira

Melgaço

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Fábrica do Chocolate

Melgaço

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Casa do Xisto - Branda da Aveleira

Melgaço

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Casa do Castanheiro de Branda

Melgaço

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Casa do Avô - Sistelo

Arcos de Valdevez

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Casa do Souto Grande

Arcos de Valdevez

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Casa de Pereiró - Soajo

Arcos de Valdevez

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Casa do Moinho - Lindoso

Ponte da Barca

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Casa dos Espigueiros 2

Ponte da Barca

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Casa dos Espigueiros 1

Ponte da Barca

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Casa Real Danaia Grande

Ponte da Barca

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Casa do Celeiro - Louredo

Vieira do Minho

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Casa D. Margarida - Louredo

Vieira do Minho

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Casa do Caseiro - Louredo

Vieira do Minho

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Casa da Cabana - Louredo

Vieira do Minho

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Casa do Palheiro - Louredo

Vieira do Minho

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Casa S. Francisco - Louredo

Vieira do Minho

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Casa da Avó - Sistelo

Arcos de Valdevez

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Casa do Souto

Arcos de Valdevez

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Casa de João Fidalgo

Arcos de Valdevez

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Casa do Eiró

Arcos de Valdevez

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Casa dos Videiras

Arcos de Valdevez

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Casa da Fonte do Carvalhinho

Melgaço

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Casa Piorno

Melgaço

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Casa Cova dos Anhos

Melgaço

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Casa da Fonte da Branda

Melgaço

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Moinho do Poço Verde

Melgaço

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Casa das Falagueiras

Melgaço

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Casa do Rio

Melgaço

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Casa da Fonte do Laboreiro

Melgaço

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Ecotura - Country house

Melgaço

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Casa da Macheta

Melgaço

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Casa da Fonte da Tornada

Ponte da Barca

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Casa do Pomar

Ponte da Barca

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Casa da Eira de Germil

Ponte da Barca

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Casa Real Danaia Pequena

Ponte da Barca

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Casa da Outeiro (Lindoso)

Ponte da Barca

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Casa dos Tres Irmãos

Ponte de Lima

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Casa do Torril

Ponte de Lima

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Casa de Valxisto

Penafiel

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