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.


Barcelos (Braga)

   Medieval walled town with a dungeon. Worth a visit are the Ceramics Museum, the Archaeological Museum of the Palace of the Dukes, the parish church (Roman - Gothic), the churches of the Rosary, Cruzes and Benedictine Convent. Tours: the ancient Jewish quarter or in the streets with their medieval and Baroque houses solar origin; boating: the river Cávado.


Braga

   Bracara Augusta, as the Romans named it, was founded by the Celts in 300 a .C and a Roman administrative center in 27 a .C Braga has succeeded in combining religious importance to the commercial and industrial prosperity of today.. To visit: the Cathedral (centuries XII - XVIII), the Treasury Museum and Sacred Art; the Palace Museum Biscainhos; and the Dom Diogo de Sousa Museum. Also worth a visit are the churches of Misericordia (Renaissance), Pópulo (XVII century - XVIII) and Our Lady White (XVIII century). On the outskirts, 5 km from the city center, is located the Sanctuary of Monte do Bom Jesus do , with its monumental Baroque staircase; the Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora do Sameiro; the former Monastery of Tibães, dating from the period of the Swabians and rebuilt in the XI century and the Church of São Frutuoso de Montélios (Visigoth temple of the VII century).


Bragança 

   Majestic city with a castle and medieval walls, among which is the Domus Municipalis, a unique example of Romanesque architecture. You should make a special mention to the Cathedral (XVI century), the church of Santa Maria, the Chapel of the House of Mercy Convent and Church of Santa Clara (XVI century), the Convent and Church of Saint Benedict (seventeenth centuries and XVIII) and Abade de Baçal Museum. At the Museum of Railways, are exposed locomotives and carriages of the XIX century.


Cabeceira de Bastos (Braga)

   Has several magnificent palaces, dating from the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and which is considered the best of the statues of the region, O Basto. Made of granite and representing the body of a warrior, it is assumed that was built before the coming of the Romans; however, after the Napoleonic wars it gained, as a joke, the head of a French soldier. However, the main attraction of Cabeceiras de Basto is the ancient and splendid Refojos Monastery, with a dome that stands 33 meters high and statues of the Apostles and the archangel Michael.


Caminha (Viana Do Castelo) 

   The ancient fortress town of Caminha focuses on the river Minho and is rich in historical and architectural heritage. The village is attractive, with its stately homes and defensive walls that seem to whisper tales and legends, the Church in Gothic style and the attractive main square with its cafés and terraces, the Clock Tower (XV century), a Renaissance fountain and the Solar dos Pitas, with seven fine Manueline windows on the upper floor.


Chaves (Vila Real) 

   Crossing the Tâmega river, the Roman bridge is one of the most characteristic images of the city. The fourteenth century castle houses the Museum of Archaeology and Epigraphy. The forts of San Francisco and San Neutel (XVIII century), the church of the parish (of Romanesque origin) and the Castle (Baroque) worth a visit. Notice the original windows of the houses of Straight Street


Freixo de Espada a Cinta (Bragança)

   It is worth visiting the Mother Church, Manueline style and with an elaborate portal of the XVI century that leads the visitor to a truly rich interior, which resembles a version in miniature of the Jeronimos, em Belem Monastery . the altarpiece panels are attributed to the brilliant Grão Vasco (1475-1540) and include a beautiful "Annunciation". The pillory, also Manueline, is one of the most interesting and well preserved in the country, and is also worth the Church of Mercy, with its Gothic niche on the main door.


Guimarães (Braga)

   The birthplace of Portugal, with a medieval castle and walls, houses a     magnificently well-preserved historic center. In the cloisters of the Church of Nossa Senhora da Oliveira is located the Alberto Sampaio Museum; in the cloister of St. Dominic Convent is the Martins Sarmento Museum; and in the former Dominican Convent is the Sacred Art Museum. Also deserving special mention: the medieval palace of the Dukes of Bragança (fifteenth century), the Church of San Miguel (Romanesque), the Church of Santos Passos (Baroque) and the Monastery of Santa Marinha da Costa.


Melgaço (Viana Do Castelo) 

   The small and tranquil town of Melgaço grew around a fortress built by King Afonso Henriques, the first king of Portugal (1139-85).
The castle, now a national monument, has an impressive keep and dominates the labyrinth of ancient streets and alleys that cross inside the walls


Mesão Frio (Vila Real) 

   Is worth visiting to admire the ancient pillory, the beautiful church of St. Nicholas (rebuilt in 1877, the ceiling kept the magnificent panels of the sixteenth century, each one featuring the portrait of a saint), or the ancient cloisters convent of San Francisco, the eighteenth century, which now houses the Town Hall and the Tourist Office.


Mirandela (Bragança)

   It is worth visiting the church century Mother and the Town Hall, also of the seventeenth century, which used to be the palace of the Távoras (this ancient and important family was accused of attempted regicide in 1759 and all traces of their was eliminated). The Our Lady of Comfort Sanctuary offers wonderful views of the surroundings.


Mogadouro (Bragança)

   It can admire the pillory, the century Mother Church (with a tower of the seventeenth century and the interesting gilded carving of the altars of the eighteenth century), some curious mansions (although not too well preserved) and the Convent of San Francisco , the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and with paintings worthy of record.


Murça (Vila Real)

   It is worth admiring the magnificent pillory in front of the Town Hall, which was once a convent of Benedictine nuns and stands near the Mother Church, built between 1707 and 1734. The facade of the Church of Mercy is also worthy of interest 


Ponte Da Barca (Viana Do Castelo) 

   The Poets Garden contains some of the major monuments and is an ideal location, along with the parks along the river, for picnics and outings, for its quiet atmosphere and charm bucolic


Ponte de Lima (Viana Do Castelo) 

   A small and beautiful village with a Roman bridge and medieval towers, known for large concentration of ancient mansions.


Porto 

   The most important city in the North lent its name to the famous wine and to Portugal. Must stroll around its typical quarters (especially the waterfront) and its bustling downtown. To visit: the Stock Exchange Palace, the Roman-Gothic Cathedral, the church of Cedofeita (Romanesque), the Tower and Church of the Clergy (the ex-libris of Porto); the Church of San Francisco, of Romanesque origin with its gilded carvings and the Carmo Church with its tiled facades.
Museums: Soares dos Reis, Serralves Home, Home Junqueiro War Museum. It should not fail to visit the cellars of Vila Nova de Gaia and free tasting, the famous Port Wine


Santo Tirso (Porto)

   Grew around the former monastery of São Bento, founded by Benedictine monks in the eighth century, later rebuilt and then modified in the seventeenth century. The monastery is now an agricultural college and also lodges de Abade Pedrosa Museum, with archaeological findings such as stone axes and ceramics.


Torre De Moncorvo (Bragança)

   The town is proud of its maze of Medieval streets, and specially of the magnificent Church, sixteenth century, with its eighteenth-century altarpiece depicting scenes of Christ's life. The castle, were remains of the wall and the curious Our Lady of Remedies Arch.


Viana do Castelo 

   Spread along the north bank of the river Lima estuary (where you can take trips on typical boats), this town is famous for its handicrafts and colorful regional costumes. Deserving special mention: the parish church, the former Town Council (both Gothic), the House of Mercy (Renaissance, with a treasure of sacred art), the medieval Casa dos Arcos, the Convent of Santa Ana (sixteenth century) and the Regional Museum. In the upper part is located the Santa Luzia Sanctuary from where you have a fantastic view of the city, river and ocean.


Vila do Conde (Porto)

   Old medieval shipyard. Architectural sights: the parish church (Manueline), the Convent of Santa Clara (XVIII century), the Church of Mercy (Renaissance), the Aqueduct and the Fortress of St. John The Baptist. This city is also famous for its lace


Vila Praia de Ancora (Viana Do Castelo)

   Village - In the heart of the beautiful garden that is the Minho, a perfect location between the sea, the countryside, rivers and mountains.
The region has numerous megaliths, castles and fortresses.


Vila Nova de Cerveira (Viana Do Castelo) 

   Nestled between walls, Vila Nova de Cerveira was founded in 1320 by King Dinis, Monarch also names the magnificent pousada installed in the XVI century fort. It is worth visiting the Mother Church and the Chapel of Mercy.


Vila Pouca de Aguiar (Vila Real) 

   An ancient town, it exhibits several fine houses and manors, such as the Casa do Cimo Street (literally, "House of the Top of the Street"). At the foot of the mountain Padrela, inserted in the green landscape, the small and graceful Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Conception offers a superb panorama of the town and of the fertile plains of the Aguiar valley.


Vila Real

   A city with a great architectural diversity related to religion: the Cathedral and the Chapel of São Brás (Gothic); the churches of St. Peter and Mercy (XVI century), St. Denis and New Chapel (Baroque) and the Church of the Clergy. Also worth visiting the famous Mateus Palace, a masterpiece of Baroque, where it holds at present cultural events


Vimioso (Bragança)

   In this remote and untamed region, Vimioso was a defensive frontier outpost on the nation's beginnings. In the village, almost nothing remains of the castle, but it is worth admiring the characteristic Mother Church (completed in 1570), with its two towers and splendid ceiling, the pillory and the emblazoned houses.



Other Places of Interest:
 Ponte da Barca (Viana Do Castelo);
 Marco Canavezes (Porto);
 Miranda do Douro (Bragança);
 Valenca do Minho (Viana Do Castelo);
 Vieira do Minho (Braga).

 

 

 

 

 

 


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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