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. Lodgings in the Minho and Trás-os-Montes...read more
On the whole, restaurants in Porto and the north offer extremely good value, although the smaller ones often don't accept credit cards. Dress throughout...read more
Things To Do in Porto and the North
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Experiencing the old and the new. Porto might be steeped in history, but it's a country leader in design. Major regional centers such as Guimarães... Read more
Many of the more than 16 companies with caves in Vila Nova de Gaia are foreign-owned. They include such well-known names as Sandeman, Osborne... Read more
Portugal's Porto region has earned a permanent spot on the list of top worldwide wine destinations, and... Read more
There are many more than just eight reasons to visit Portugal at any given time, but with a sweep of rece... Read more
River cruising in Portugal's Douro River Valley—a delightful region comprised of old-world villages... Read more
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