Northern Portugal tailor-made holidays
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 Portugal holiday. 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.
Douro Valley vineyards
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.
Peneda-Geres National Park
Top itineraries in Northern Portugal
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.
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.
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 quinta winery accommodation.
Top places to stay in Northern Portugal
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.
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.
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.
Where to go in Northern Portugal
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.
When to go to Northern Portugal
Northern Portugal articles
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.
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.
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.
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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