Northern Portugal is a fantastically diverse area, and very popular with tourists. It’s home to the country’s only National Park, and its capital Porto is, of course, famous as the home of Port wine.
Historically, the North Region or Região Norte was once part of Galicia, and still has much in common with its neighbours. Its varied landscape ranges from mountains to fertile valleys and golden beaches, with picturesque towns and villages throughout.
Porto, the capital of the area, has been occupied at least as far back as the 4th Century, and its historic centre is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It stands on the Douro River, and gave its name to the fortified wine from the fertile Douro valley – Port.
There are three other World Heritage Sites in the North region; the Alto Douro wine region itself, the prehistoric rock art sites of the Côa Valley, and the historical centre of the town of Guimarães.
The Peneda-Gerês National Park, in the northwest of Portugal, is a stunning area to visit, and the country’s only National Park. Created in 1971 to protect and preserve its flora and fauna, the park stretches from Serra da Peneda to Serra do Gerês. It was crossed by the Roman Geira, a Roman road of which several stretches are still preserved.
Whether you’re looking for culture, relaxation or beautiful countryside, the Pousadas of Northern Portugal offer truly unique accommodation to suit. For more information on the Pousadas in the North Region, or to make a booking, contact us today.