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Northern Portugal tailor-made holidays

Introduction

Northern Portugal is often bypassed by the crowds in favour of popular resorts in the Algarve, however this beautiful, if overlooked region has plenty to merit an inclusion in any Portuguese guidebook. The coastal town of Porto with its world-renowned old town is particularly stunning.

Running out of Porto, all the way from the coast to the Spanish border is the Douro River Valley, fringed on either side by stunning mountainous scenery, this river passes through some of the most important port grape vineyards in the world. Interrupting these agricultural terraces, castles rise behind the region's small hill villages, where the modern world has intruded very little.

Large areas of the inland woods fall within Peneda Geres National Park. One of the last places on the continent where wolves still roam among the hills, this park is also littered with evidence of ancient human habitation, with megaliths and old dolmen graves haunting the atmospheric forest.

Top itineraries in Northern Portugal

Pousadas of Portugal Routes

Tailor-made self-drive routes from £445 pp incl. flights

From castles, palaces, fortresses and monasteries, Portugal's Pousadas are spread throughout the country. The Explorer Passport provides five nights accommodation and breakfast using 17 of the most famous Pousadas throughout the country.

Porto & the Douro Valley

5-day tailor-made break from £470 pp incl. flights

Spend two nights in the majestic Pestana Palacio Do Freixo – an 18th century palace on the Douro River, just upstream from the historical old town of Porto and two nights in your choice of luxurious Douro valley hotel.

Porto & Madeira

8-day tailor-made journey from £930 pp incl. flights

Famous for its friendly people, wonderful local flora, and year-round mild climate, Madeira must be one of the most beautiful islands in Europe. It makes a perfect pairing with Portugal's second city, Porto. Overlooking the mouth of the Douro River, UNESCO-listed Porto has a rich and varied history.

Lisbon & Porto in Style

8-day tailor-made self-drive from £910 pp incl. flights

Link Portugal’s pair of city greats with a scenic road trip, affording you the chance to explore the Douro Valley’s vineyard terraces and Sintra’s storybook beauty. And, exploring the cultural delights of Lisbon and Porto, you’ll stay in two of the country’s finest hotels.

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Top places to stay in Northern Portugal

The Yeatman, Porto

Contemporary hotel from £580 pp incl. flights

Between private balcony views of the city and a Michelin-starred restaurant, it’s not difficult to see why the Yeatman is an exalted member of the Relais and Châteaux collection of luxury hotels.

Infante Sagres, Porto

Grand & elegant hotel from £515 pp incl. flights

Perhaps Porto’s most resplendent and theatrical hotel, the Infante Sagres exudes glamour and the feel of an old manor house. It comes complete with fine-dining restaurant and a World Heritage location to die for.

The Vintage House Hotel, Douro

Grand & elegant hotel from £510 pp incl. flights

Packed full of character and charm, this historic house complete with its own wine academy for tours and tastings, is a wonderfully intimate base for exploring Portugal's Douro Valley.

Vidago Palace

Historic hotel from £570 pp incl. flights

With a whole suite of awards recognising everything from its golf course to its thermal spa, this grand Belle Époque dame is a gem hidden among the forests of northern Portugal.

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Where to go in Northern Portugal

Douro River

The Douro River Valley abounds with natural beauty, making it a popular spot for river cruises. Many of these cruises start out in the historic city of Porto, taking you past Gustave Eiffel's Dom Luis Bridge, before heading out into the countryside. From here you can travel the breadth of Portugal …

Porto

Porto's claim to fame as the second largest city in Portugal and the ancestral home of port have earned it a place on the tourism map, but it is the city's historical legacy that really engages visitors. The 400 kg of pure gold decoration in São Francisco Church make this Porto's most impressive hi…

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Northern Portugal articles

  • Porto, Douro Valley & the Algarve: our favourite Portugal routes

    Portugal’s national holiday, Portugal Day, falls on 10 June. To celebrate, we’ve chosen our favourite places to stay in Portugal's stunning regions of Porto, the Douro Valley and the Algarve to help you make the most of this region of rolling hills, riverside palaces and fantastic gastronomy.

  • Our favourite Portugal routes through Lisbon, Madeira & the Azores

    Every year on 10th June, Portugal celebrates its annual national holiday, Portugal Day. In honour, we’ve picked our favourite routes through Portugal to immerse yourself in the historic pousadas, cobblestone villages and world-class gastronomy of this Iberian gem.

  • Top 10 driving holidays in Spain & Portugal

    From wild coastlines and beach curves to mountain peaks and rolling countryside, the charms of the Iberian Peninsula are seemingly endless. To help point you in the right direction our destination experts have put together the following self-drive routes that showcase the best of it all.

  • The best food and wine holidays in the world

    From nectorial white wines to ambrosial game meats, we have hand-picked our favourite food and wine holidays around the world, including highlights from South Africa, Chile and France.

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