Porto and North of Portugal

 

When you visit Porto and the North of Portugal, you’ll discover a region where cities, nature and tradition come together. In Minho you’ll find the birthplace of Portugal (Guimarães), the Portuguese Rome (Braga), the oldest village in Portugal (Ponte de Lima) and the one and only Peneda-Gerês National Park.

In Trás-os-Montes you must visit: Bragança, the beautiful Montesinho Nature Park, where you’ll find a village divided between two countries and the most beautiful part of Douro.

When you visit Porto you’ll soon find out that there are many things to do in Porto. This is an authentic city like no other in Europe – friendly people, a rich gastronomy and much more.

What are you waiting for? Check below all that Porto and Northern Portugal have to offer.

Douro River Cruise – find out if it is a good or bad idea

Douro River Cruise – find out if it is a good or bad idea

During my trip to Porto and the North of Portugal, I wanted to explore Douro region in many ways and one of them was doing a one day cruise tour in Douro. In this article, I'm going to show you how was my day and, in the end, tell you my opinion about doing a Douro...

Top 10 of the places to visit in Northern Portugal

Top 10 of the places to visit in Northern Portugal

Do you want to discover Northern Portugal but don’t know what places to visit? In this article you'll find some of the most beautiful places in this Portuguese region and in the country. Here is our top 10 of the places to visit in Northern Portugal 1. Porto The...

Top 20 things to do in Porto

Top 20 things to do in Porto

One of the things to do in Portugal is definitely visiting Porto. The city of Porto has a remarkable importance in Portugal’s history – it was the city that gave the name to this beautiful country. By visiting Porto you will discover a city like no...

Road trip in Douro Valley and Porto in 7 days

Road trip in Douro Valley and Porto in 7 days

Listed by UNESCO as World Heritage since 2001, Alto Douro Wine Region, as well as the whole Douro Wine Region, and the Douro International Natural Park are places of exceptional beauty, with much to see and discover! Come with me and visit Douro and...

Top 20 Things to do in Viana do Castelo

Top 20 Things to do in Viana do Castelo

Considered one of the most beautiful cities in Northern Portugal, Viana do Castelo is a city seen by some international magazines as the "the crown jewel of Costa Verde", which is the same to say, a stoppage point in the country’s northern coastline. As...

Top 20 things to do in Braga

Top 20 things to do in Braga

Braga is located in Northern Portugal and was founded by the Romans more than 2000 years ago with the name Bracara Augusta. It is one of the oldest Portuguese cities and one of the oldest Christian cities in the world. Considered as the capital of Minho region,...

Top of the places to visit in Peneda-Gerês National Park

Top of the places to visit in Peneda-Gerês National Park

Created in 1971, Peneda-Gerês National Park has a total area of 72 290 hectares, located in the old provinces of Minho and Trás-os-Montes, in Northern Portugal and just 100 km away from Porto. In the park you'll find dozens of granite villages that haven't...

Top of the places to visit in Ponte de Lima

Top of the places to visit in Ponte de Lima

Founded in 1125 by the Countess Dª. Teresa de Leão, the mother of the first king of Portugal, Ponte de Lima is one of the oldest and most beautiful towns not only in Northern Portugal but in the whole country! Fortified in the 14th century due to its strategic...

Things to do in Guimarães, the birthplace of Portugal

Things to do in Guimarães, the birthplace of Portugal

Also known as the "birthplace of Portugal", Guimarães is a city full of history and it will surely amaze you! Located in Northern Portugal, it was here that some of the most important politic and military events took place in 1128, events that led to the independence...

Top of the best day trips in Porto and surrounding area

Top of the best day trips in Porto and surrounding area

Are you preparing a trip to the capital of Northern Portugal and still don’t know what to do? Don’t worry! In this article you’ll find the best day trips and activities in Porto but also in other amazing places you won’t want to...

Discover the best hotels in Northern Portugal and relax!

Discover the best hotels in Northern Portugal and relax!

To help you prepare your trip to the beautiful Northern Portugal, I've made a list of the three best hotels of each category and I took into consideration the several points of interest in this area. Discover the best hotels in Northern Portugal so that your trip to...

Visit Porto in 2 days – check here my detailed guide

Visit Porto in 2 days – check here my detailed guide

When you visit Porto, soon you'll realise this is a cosmopolitan city where the ancient meets the contemporary. Porto is source of inspiration, where people visiting it will definitely want to return! The city of Porto gave the name to Portugal (Portucale) and to the...

Itinerary of one day to visit Lamego and the amazing Douro Valley

Itinerary of one day to visit Lamego and the amazing Douro Valley

A few days from ending my road trip to Northern Portugal, I visited the wonderful town of Lamego and some of the most amazing villages close to Douro river. Don't miss my visit to unique locations and discover the authenticity of Alto Douro Wine Region, listed by...

Travel guide of 2 days to Douro International Natural Park

Travel guide of 2 days to Douro International Natural Park

After having enjoyed two amazing days in the beautiful Montesinho Natural Park, I drove south to visit Douro International Natural Park, in the border between Portugal and Spain. I didn't plan to visit this part of Northern Portugal, but my cousin had already visited...

Top 10 of the best beaches in Porto and the North of Portugal

Top 10 of the best beaches in Porto and the North of Portugal

When you think of sunbathing the first thing that comes to mind is the South of Portugal, but Algarve is not the only place with good and beautiful beaches where you can have a great day. Here is my selection of the best Porto beaches and others in the North of...