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.

Hotels

Porto and the North Hotels

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

Restaurants

Porto and the North Restaurants

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

Things To Do in Porto and the North

Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.

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Porto and the North Experiences

  • Top Reasons To Go to Porto and the North

    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

  • Port Wine

    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

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