Northern Portugal

Things to Do & Attractions in Northern Portugal

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Amarante

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 63 Reviews

Allegedly established by a Roman centurion named Amarantus, Amarante is situated between the steep sides of Serra do Marão and the curves of the river ...  Read more

Ribeira District

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 59 Reviews

Many of Europe’s great cities have an "old quarter," the original part of town from which centuries of cosmopolitan evolution spread outward. In ...  Read more

Douro

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 577 Reviews

The Douro region in Northeast Portugal is near the border with Spain. Even with the advent of modern civilization, this area is characterized by a sort of ...  Read more

Braga

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 15 Reviews

Originally founded by the Romans, 2,000-year-old Braga later became the first Christian settlement in Portugal. Today, it’s a lively university town with a ...  Read more

Viana do Castelo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

A modern town with ancient roots, Viana do Castelo is in the very north of Portugal, crushed between the estuary of the River Lima and the wild surf of the ...  Read more

Porto Se Cathedral

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 107 Reviews

Originally a Romanesque church from the 12th century, the Porto Se Cathedral was rebuilt with a Gothic style about 600 years later. Like other major churches ...  Read more

Matosinhos Beach

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

Sitting north of Porto on Portugal’s Atlantic coast, Matosinhos is the closest beach to the city, an easy and pleasant two-hour walk along the banks of the ...  Read more

Guimarães Castle (Castelo de Guimarães)

4.5 star rating: Recommended 16 Reviews

Guimaraes Castle is a medieval castle in the city of Guimaraes in the northern part of Portugal. Built in the 10th century to defend against attacks from the ...  Read more

Guimaraes

4.5 star rating: Recommended 13 Reviews

The city of Guimaraes was originally settled in the 9th century and is widely regarded as being “the cradle of the Portuguese nationality.” It served as ...  Read more

Porto Calem

4.5 star rating: Recommended 43 Reviews

Founded in 1859 by António Alves Cálem, Porto Calem is one of the most celebrated wineries in the Porto region. It is located in Vila Nova de Gaia, ...  Read more

Torre & Igreja dos Clerigos

4.5 star rating: Recommended 37 Reviews

One of the symbols of Porto is the Torre dos Clerigos, the bell tower adjoining the Clerigos Church, a baroque church built between 1732 and 1750. The church ...  Read more

Aveiro

4 star rating: Recommended 57 Reviews

In Roman times, Aveiro was known as Aviarium, which in Latin means “gathering of birds” due to the large number of birds inhabiting the city’s lagoon area. ...  Read more

Douro River

3 star rating: Worth doing 3 Reviews

The Douro is one of the Iberian Peninsula’s major rivers, flowing from Duruelo de la Sierra in northern Spain and emptying itself into the Atlantic at Porto. ...  Read more

Amarante Waterpark (Parque Aquático de Amarante)

Located on the banks of the Tâmego River, the Amarante Waterpark is one of Portugal’s best places for waterslides, pools and fun in the sun. Only an ...  Read more

Barcelos

Barcelos is a city in the Braga district of northern Portugal. The city is well known for the place where the unofficial symbol of Portugal, the cockerel, ...  Read more

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