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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 Portugal holiday. The coastal town of Porto, with its world-renowned Old Town, is particularly stunning.

Porto

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 

 

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Special offers in Northern Portugal

Douro Valley, Porto

Flavours of Portugal & Spain

11-day luxury river cruise from £3,520 pp incl. flights

Special
cruise offer

Fly free for 2019 and save on 2020
Book by: 31 December 2019

Enjoy all the luxuries of an AmaWaterways cruise as you explore the Douro River in style. Take it all in with included excursions, all-inclusive drinks and dining, and a pre-cruise stay in Madrid.

Top itineraries in Northern Portugal

Pousada Castelo de Óbidos

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.

Old Town, Porto, Portugal

Porto & the Douro Valley

5-day tailor-made break from £485 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.

Douro Valley, Porto

Porto & the Douro Valley: Wines & Vines Fly-Drive

5-day tailor-made break from £465 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 quinta winery accommodation.

Ponta da Piedade, Algarve, Portugal

Porto, Lisbon and the Algarve

9-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,295 pp incl. flights

Combine Portugal's two greatest cities, Porto and Lisbon, with five days relaxing by the beaches of the Algarve. The UNESCO city of Porto has a rich and varied history, seen in everything from its Romanesque cathedral to its neoclassical Stock Exchange.

Top places to stay in Northern Portugal

Infinity Pool, The Yeatman, Porto

The Yeatman, Porto

3-night luxury holiday from £680 pp incl. flights & transfers

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

Infante de Sagres Hotel, Porto

3-night luxury holiday from £695 pp incl. flights & transfers

Perhaps Porto’s most resplendent and theatrical hotel, the Infante de 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

The Vintage House Hotel, Pinhao, Douro Valley

3-night luxury holiday from £520 pp incl. flights & transfers

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.

Facade, Vidago Palace

Vidago Palace

Guide price from £550 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 Valley, 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.

Douro River, Porto

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.

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