Northern Portugal

Find out what to visit in Northern Portugal

Discover what to visit in the north of Portugal - birthplace of the Portuguese nation

 

In the north of Portugal the Portuguese began as a nation. Discover Porto, World Heritage city, known for the famous Port wine and its architectural heritage, that combines the ancient and the contemporary. Let yourself be dazzled by the beauty of the Douro River and this region with mountains and natural parks.

 

Cais da Ribeira

Cais da Ribeira is one of the most typical and visited places of Porto. Located along the Douro River, Cais da Ribeira is part of the Historic Center of Porto, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Nowadays it is an area often visited by tourists, concentrating several bars and restaurants.

 

 

Ponte de D. Luís I

The bridge Ponte de D. Luís I is an ex-libris of the city, and it appears in almost all postcards, and crossing it is almost "obligatory" while visiting Porto. It consists of two overlapping iron trays and was opened in 1881 and in 1996 was classified as World Heritage by UNESCO.

Livraria Lello

The bookstore Livraria Lello, located at Rua das Carmelitas in Porto, is considered one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world. It was inaugurated in 1906 and today is one of the symbols of the city. Its Art Nouveau façade, the red spiral staircase and the large stained-glass window on the ceiling make this bookstore an authentic work of art.

 

Palácio da Bolsa

The Palácio da Bolsa was built in 1842 due to the closing of the Casa da Bolsa do Comércio and today it is one of the most sought after heritage buildings in Porto. The building combines several architectural styles, such as Neoclassic and Neopaladian. It is currently the seat of the Port's Commercial Association, but also hosts cultural, social and political events.

 

Parque Natural do Douro Internacional

The Douro International Natural Park covers the border counties of the Douro River, such as Miranda do Douro and Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo. The gorges carved by the Douro and Agueda rivers are extremely deep and of great beauty. These steep banks have a rich fauna, containing birds like the Gryphon, the Egyptian Vulture and the Royal Eagle.

 

Santuário do Bom Jesus do Monte

The Santuário de Bom Jesus do Monte is located in Braga and consists of a church, a stairwaz (Via Sacra do Bom Jesus), a forest area (Bom Jesus Park), hotels and a funicular (Elevador do Bom Jesus) . The resort of Bom Jesus is a religious and tourist resort, having been built to reproduce the city of Jerusalem. In 2015 it became part of the indicative list of Portugal to UNESCO World Heritage.

Castelo de Guimarães

The Castle of Guimarães, located on Monte Largo, is a monument of great significance for the History of Portugal. This is connected to the Portucalense foundation and the struggles of Portugal´s independence, being called the nation's birthplace. It is classified as the National Monument and was elected as one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal in 2007.

 

Passadiços do Paiva

The Passadiços do Paiva are located on the left bank of the river Paiva, in the municipality of Arouca in Aveiro. Altogether there are eight kilometers of wooden boardwalks surrounded by unique beauty of landscapes, along the downhill with raging waters. The route extends between the river beaches of Areinho and Espieunca. You can also enjoy the rest of the territory of Arouca Geopark, classified by UNESCO as a Geological Heritage of Humanity.