Northern Portugal Points of Interest and Places to Visit

Northern Portugal

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Amarante

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 138 Reviews

Allegedly established by a Roman centurion named Amarantus, Amarante is situated between the steep sides of Serra do Marão and the curves of the river ...  Read more

Ribeira District

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 56 Reviews

Set on the banks of the River Douro, the Ribeira District is Porto’s oldest quarter. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the district’s maze of alleyways and ...  Read more

Douro

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 866 Reviews

The Douro region in Northeast Portugal is near the border with Spain. Even with the advent of modern civilization, this area is characterized by a sort of ...  Read more

Braga

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 23 Reviews

Originally founded by the Romans, 2,000-year-old Braga later became the first Christian settlement in Portugal. Today, it’s a lively university town with a ...  Read more

Guimaraes

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 17 Reviews

The city of Guimaraes was originally settled in the 9th century and is widely regarded as being “the cradle of the Portuguese nationality.” It served as ...  Read more

Viana do Castelo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

A modern town with ancient roots, Viana do Castelo is in the very north of Portugal, crushed between the estuary of the River Lima and the wild surf of the ...  Read more

Porto Cathedral (Sé Cathedral)

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 132 Reviews

Watching over the city from its hilltop spot, the imposing fort-like Porto Cathedral is a reminder of Porto’s diverse history. Featuring Romanesque, Gothic, ...  Read more

Torre & Igreja dos Clerigos

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 69 Reviews

One of the symbols of Porto is the Torre dos Clerigos, the bell tower adjoining the Clerigos Church, a baroque church built between 1732 and 1750. The church ...  Read more

Matosinhos Beach

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 14 Reviews

On Portugal’s Atlantic coast, Matosinhos Beach (Praia de Matosinhos) is the city of Porto’s closest strand. With broad sands and a scenic promenade lined with ...  Read more

Braga Cathedral

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Located in city of Braga in northern Portugal, the Braga Cathedral is the oldest surviving church in Portugal and one of the most important monuments in the ...  Read more

Guimarães Castle (Castelo de Guimarães)

4.5 star rating: Recommended 22 Reviews

Guimaraes Castle is a medieval castle in the city of Guimaraes in the northern part of Portugal. Built in the 10th century to defend against attacks from the ...  Read more

Parque Nacional Da Peneda-Gerês

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

The Peneda-Gerês National Park (or Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês, or simply Gerês) is the only national park in Portugal (although many ...  Read more

Porto Calem

4.5 star rating: Recommended 80 Reviews

Founded in 1859 by António Alves Cálem, Porto Calem is one of the most celebrated wineries in the Porto region. Located at the heart of the Douro ...  Read more

Aveiro

4 star rating: Recommended 98 Reviews

In Roman times, Aveiro was known as Aviarium, which in Latin means “gathering of birds” due to the large number of birds inhabiting the city’s lagoon area. ...  Read more

Douro River

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 6 Reviews

A major river on the Iberian Peninsula, the Douro River flows from Duruelo de la Sierra in northern Spain all the way to Porto in Portugal, where it empties ...  Read more

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