ABOUT REGION


 

     In Northern Portugal where was born the first king of Portugal, who then extended his kingdom to the south, leaving a huge legacy of the past, preserved over the centuries by our peoples to the present day.

    
The Northern region of Portugal, is subdivided into sub-regions of the North Coast (Viana do Castelo, Braga and Porto Districts) and North inside (Vila Real and Bragança Districts). Geographically, North Region corresponds approximately to the old provinces of Entre-Douro and Minho and Tras-os-Montes.


   We are in the world route of Tourism and we have come increasingly to assert ourselves on the World stage. Area of great interest Patrimony and Cultural of scenic beauty, people who know how to receive people who knew how to preserve their traditions manifested throughout the year and attributes of a rich gastronomy, accompanied by excellent wines. Their wines are marked by the Route of Porto Wine and further north the Route of Vinho Verde.


   Attributed by Unesco, we have in our region and network "World Heritage and Cultural" in Portugal, the Historic center of Porto, Guimarães Historic Center and Alto-Douro Wine Region.


    Porto and North of Portugal has gained in recent years several prestigious awards International Tourism importance.



 

 


   

 

   

    Our region has gained notoriety increasingly, the realization of big international events such as the European Youth Capital in Braga, the World Capital of Culture in Guimarães. Repeated awards to the city of Porto, elected in 2014 as the best European tourist destination, classified by UNESCO as "World Heritage of Culture", a source of inspiration for those who visit it, is mandatory passage the historic center of Porto the Port Wine Cellars in Gaia pier and a boat trip on the Douro River to the Alto Douro Wine Region. further north, Viana do Castelo is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the North of Portugal, benefiting from its geography, its maritime location, the Lima River, the historic center and the Santa Luzia Sanctuary that rises to an altitude of 300metros , watching a breathtaking view, throughout the City, the mouth of the river Lima, the sea, its coast and the landscapes of mountains, forests and mountains until out of sight. The Peneda-Geres National Park is considered by Unesco "World Biosphere Reserve" is one of the greatest natural attractions of Portugal, with about protected area 70290Hectares, stunning natural beauty and ecological value, with variety of Flora and Fauna. Area that extends to Braga, Viana Do Castelo, Vila Real and Galicia in Spain. With an important Roman route, is a rich cultural heritage.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Points of Interest - North of Portugal

 


Amarante (Porto)

   Crossed by the river Tâmega and surrounded by mountains, this pretty town proudly displays its houses of the seventeenth century, whose balconies of colored wood decorating the narrow streets, restaurants with terraces leaning over the river or the beautiful bridge of São Gonçalo, leading to the monastery of the XVI century with the name of the same saint.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


NATURE

 

 The region has a multitude of landscapes, diverse ecosystems: sea, river and land. Rich in natural spaces, mountains and countryside, long beaches of rivers and beaches, variety and richness of fauna and flora.

  Fauna highlights the presence, in mountain areas, wild boar, stag, badger, wolf, the golden eagle, the real-hawk, falcon and indigenous breeds in this region: Garrana, Barroso, Cachena and Pig Bísaro.

  Rivers abound shad, lamprey and trout and other fish species that constitute a huge potential for local cuisine and enhancement of the landscape.




TOURS

   Montesinho Natural Park (Bragança);
   Peneda Geres National Park; (Braga)
   Northern Littoral Natural Park (Esposende in Braga);
   Natural Park of Saw do Alvão (Vila Real);
   International Douro Natural Park (Mogadouro).


   Protected landscape of the Corno do Bico (Paredes de Coura - Viana Do Castelo);
   Protected landscape Lagoons de Berlindas and S. Pedro de Arcos, (Ponte de  Lima-Viana Do Castelo)
   Protected landscape Bayous do Azinho (Macedo de Cavaleiros - Porto).

   Douro Valley;
  
Geopark of Arouca;
   Wine Route
of the "Porto" and "Douro";
   Green Wine Route.






    The airports of Porto, Vigo and Santiago de Compostela in Spain, serve as a gateway for tourists from all over the world. Our excellent road network allows you to move easily to any point in our region



 


 

The North of the country is mountainous. THE North Douro are found the Saw of Peneda about (1407m), Soajo (1411m), Geres (1533m), Marão (1399m). The region of Tras-os-Montes and Alto Douro is the most mountainous region.

The climate is Mediterranean, keeps mild all year round. The inside Northeast is the wettest, with lower average temperatures in the south of the country, especially in the higher areas, while in lower areas in the Douro Valley, register to the highest, similar values to the south country, with average annual 16,9ºc. On the north coast, the country's northwest, the climate is Mediterranean, with maritime influence and has moderate summers, located in 26 to 31 ° C. The rainfall occurring more in the northern region of Portugal, with the main focus in the months of December, January and February, thus being an excellent destination for all seasons

Rich in historical heritage, cultural and landscape, and marked by activities where traditions and customs are present all year round, this region delights the younger to older.



With the simplicity and friendliness that characterizes our people, we know receive our visitors. With our varied tourism offer can fulfill all the conditions for a quality Tourist destination, whether for short or long stays.

Our Gastronomy and our good wines, our culture and history, handicrafts and local flavors, the festivities that mark all year, traditions, parks and nature reserves, a landscape made up of forests, mountains, fields, rivers , ponds, waterfalls and sea, marked by green and blue, are an important reason to come visit us.

If looking for good food, drink good wine .  If you like walking in nature, by train or boat, visiting museums, monasteries, cathedrals, churches, visit our fairs Gastronomy and crafts, these take place several times a year in different locations.



If you love the Douro region and enjoyed the visit of cruise, it is intended to have a real contact with nature, enjoy adventure, mountain biking, romance, fun, outdoor sports, all this is possible in Natural da Peneda Geres Park. If on the other hand seeks contact with our spas, we are the best option for your new experience, with a great quality / price ratio.

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