Northern Portugal is a relatively unknown region to foreigners, a hidden jem so different from its Spanish neighbour or the rest of Portugal! It’s largest city Porto, a UNESCO city, is one of the oldest cities in Europe and its origins lie on the northern bank of the River Douro. There’s so much to see like the Music House, National Theatre, Bolsa Palace, D.Luis Bridge and the Medieval tower of the Cathedral. It is also famous throughout the World for its Port wines, it’s salty cod and custard pie “Pasteis de nata”. Northern Portugal has an amazing coastline from Porto to the Spanish border which consists of wild, sandy beaches with a mountainous backdrop and spectacular gorges. There’s the manor houses with coats of arms, Pousadas ( hotel chain), a superb gastronomy including vinho verde wine and handicrafts such as embroideries.
Braga is an ancient medieval city, one of the jewels of Portugal. It’s Old Town is really well preserved famous for its baroque style architecture..it’s like being transported back to the times of the ‘Three Musketeers’! Visit the Cathedral, Republic Square, Five Senses Stairs,Bom Jesus Sanctuary,baroque churches,8th century painted houses, parks and gardens. Guimarães is also a must, a UNESCO city dating back to the early 9th century and the birthplace of Portuguese nationality as its first King Afonso Henriques was born here in 1139! Wander in its narrow medieval streets, its squares like Oliveira or Santiago Square, Guimarães Castle,the Duke’s of Braganca Palace and Penha Hill are all worth seeing.
Other sights to see include Vila do Conde is an ancient medieval shipyard which dates back to 953. The Monastery of Santa Clara which was built in 1318 is one of its highlights. Esposende is renowned for its kilometres of deserted beaches and pine forests. It is an old fishing village on the estuary of the River Cavado. Viana do Castelo is located on the north bank of the Lima estuary and is famous for its handicrafts and local costumes. The Sanctuary of Santa Luzia is one of the wonders of the region with incredible views of the sea. Caminha has an ancient fortress overlooking the River Minho and on the Galician border linked by a bridge at Vila Nova de Cerveira. Inland Barcelos is a charming medieval walled town. Ponte de Lima is named after the bridge which crosses the River Lima, a charming town and an important stopping off point for pilgrims on the Portuguese Way from Lisbon/Porto before they carry on to the border at the fortress town of Valença do Minho. There’s the mountains and beauty of Peneda-Geres National Park. Northern Portugal, a land full of rivers, waterfalls, vineyards, ancient cities, monuments, resorts and religious traditions but with a culture and way of life so different from Spain.
Population: 3.689million (2011)
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