Northern Portugal

Things to Do & Attractions in Northern Portugal

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended 77 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

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


4 star rating: Recommended 64 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

Avenida dos Aliados

This bustling promenade lies at the heart of Porto, a Beaux-Arts beauty stretching between the imposing, landmark bell tower of the marble-and-granite City ...  Read more


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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended 19 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

Braga Cathedral

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Located in city of Braga in northern Portugal, the Braga Cathedral is the oldest surviving church in Portugal and one of the most important monuments in the ...  Read more

Casa da Música

The Casa da Música is as much of an architectural attraction as it is a musical attraction. The Casa da Música was completed in 2005, but is already ...  Read more

Church of São Francisco

Behind its comparatively stark Gothic façade, the Church of São Francisco harbors a trove of Baroque finery and its unabashed opulence makes it one ...  Read more


5 star rating: Highly Recommended 651 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

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


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

Guimarães Castle (Castelo de Guimarães)

4.5 star rating: Recommended 17 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

Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Oliveira

With its stone-brick façade and crenelated clock tower looming over the lively plaza of Largo da Oliveira, the Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Oliveira ...  Read more


In a fertile valley in the Douro River region’s Port wine area sits the little town of Lamego. It’s famous for its proximity to one of the most important ...  Read more

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