Porto & The North of Portugal

It was in the Porto and in the North regions that Portugal was founded in the 12th century and the Portuguese became a people and a nation.

It was in Porto & North regions that Portugal was founded in the 12th century and the Portuguese became a people and a nation.

Porto, a World Heritage city, is the gateway and departure point for a journey across the natural and cultural diversity of the region. It is known for thePort wine which is shipped from here all over the world, but also for a heritage which combines ancient churches and monuments, such as theCathedral and the Church of São Francisco, and modern buildings, such as Casa da Música and theSerralves Museum. And also for its School of Architecture which bred names like Álvaro Siza Vieira and Eduardo Souto de Moura, both winners of the Pritzker Prize.


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Photo: Porto © Arq. Turismo de Portugal


The region is crossed by the River Douro which enters Portugal between the ravines and mountains of the interior to flow through the entire World Heritage landscape where the Port and Douro wines are produced. It is from here that the wine is sent to the lodges at Vila Nova de Gaia, as the cruises touring the region make their way upriver.


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Photo: Douro © José Manuel

In this area of mountains and natural parks, the region’s heritage is seen in its castles, such as the one in Guimarães, and the shrines and churches which are the stage for pilgrimages in the summer. You will find the Baroque architecture of Northern Portugal in its stone and gilded carvings side by side with rural chapels. In its cities, which retain a human scale, such as Viana do Castelo, Braga, Lamego,Chaves and Vila Real, and in the manor houses and stately halls, you will find the genuine Portuguese people, who like to share their table, their customs and traditions. Around here, the joy and gratitude for all we have and are is experienced in the most spontaneous way.

[Source: https://www.visitportugal.com/en/destinos/porto-e-norte]


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