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 of Portugal. The countryside itself is a delight to explore, especially the Peneda-Geres National Park where 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. The enchanting cities of Porto, 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, although it is not here produced. Porto gave the name to Portugal and is classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. 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, stroll the Bolhão Market, taste the famous wines or visit 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 attractive 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. Countless stately temples can be found throughout the municipality.
Braga is located in the Minho region of north-western Portugal, 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 being known as the birthplace town. The spectacular monuments you can't miss are the San Francisco Chapel, the Guimarães Castle, the San Miguel Chapel, the Countess of Mumadona Sculpture, and the Santo António dos Capuchos Convent.