The unspoiled landscape, fascinating medieval villages, historic castles, and spectacular mountain ranges, complemented by its overwhelming natural beauty, make the north of Portugal a mandatory destination to complete your visit to Portugal. The countryside itself is a delight to explore, especially the Peneda-Geres National Park. Thick vegetation grows surrounded by rivers and lakes, waterfalls, and dreamlike niches alongside shepherd trails or the ancient Roman roads. Discover a varied diversity of fauna and flora. Geres is the refuge of some of Europe's last surviving great predators. Porto's enchanting cities, Viana do Castelo, Chaves, Bragança, the ecclesiastic Braga, and the medieval Guimarães, Portugal's first capital, should be on your itinerary.
Porto is the second-largest city in Portugal, located near the mouth of the Douro River. It is well known for its imposing bridges and the wine that bears its name. The best way to get to know Porto is by walking through its narrow streets full of history. If you visit this beautiful city, you can not forget to stroll around the Douro River at dusk and the Bolhão Market and taste the famous wines.Visit the iconic places, such as the Palacio de Cristal Gardens, Clérigos Tower, the Church of São Francisco, the Chapel of Souls, the Lello bookstore, and the Carmo Church.
The beautiful historic town of Chaves is set in a fertile valley, by the River Tâmega and very close to the Spanish border. The beautiful Camões Square in the historic center is noteworthy. You can find countless stately temples throughout the municipality.
Located in the Minho region, is Braga, surrounded by a magnificent landscape of rolling hills and forests. The city is one of Portugal's largest religious centers renowned for its baroque churches, splendid 18th-century manor houses, and beautiful parks and gardens.
Guimarães emerged in the tenth century, even before Portugal was considered a country, hence known as the birthplace town. The spectacular monuments you can't miss are the San Francisco Chapel and the Guimarães Castle.