Porto and the North Travel Guide
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Spectacularly situated on the steep banks of the River Douro, Porto is the undisputed capital of Portugal's northern industrial heartland. A center for finance and fashion, it is experiencing something of a tourist boom. The coast north of Porto is lined with pine forests; inland, the Minho region is equally verdant, and harbors Portugal's only national park, Peneda-Gerês. Upriver from Porto, grapes used in Portugal's top export, port wine, are grown in gorgeous vineyards in the Douro valley. This is the start of Trás-os-Montes (Beyond the Mountains), a province with harsh but striking landscapes, which harbor fascinating folk traditions.
In Porto hotel rates rival those in Lisbon, and you should reserve rooms well in advance to avoid disappointment.... read more
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Things To Do in Porto and the North
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