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Northern Portugal

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Natural beauty and rich cultural heritage make northern Portugal one of Europe's most desirable vacation destinations. Continuously populated for thousands of years, this verdant land features a lively coastline studded with dozens of modern resorts. Away from the ocean, the region transforms into a rolling countryside of small villages, vast national parks, lush vineyards, and World Heritage-listed prehistoric sites. Place the city of Porto at the top of your itinerary to discover Portugal's centuries-long history of outstanding wine production. Use the tourist-friendly city as your base, and devote some time to exploring the bucolic wine region stretching along the luxuriant banks of the Douro River. Before you visit Portugal, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.
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Places to visit in Northern Portugal

Porto Trip planner BEST FOR: Bridge, Gift & Specialty Shop, Marina Guimaraes Trip planner BEST FOR: Castle, Historic Walking Area, Landmark Braga Trip planner BEST FOR: Religious Site, Church, Lookout Vila Nova de Gaia Trip planner BEST FOR: Winery / Vineyard, Landmark, Zoo Povoa de Varzim Trip planner BEST FOR: Spa, Landmark, Casino

Popular things to do in Northern Portugal

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Bridge
Ponte de Dom Luis I Porto
4.8
Duration: 30 minutes
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Walking tour
Walking tours Porto
4.9
Duration: 3 hours
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Religious Site
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) Porto
4.2
Duration: 1 hour
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Livraria Lello Porto
3.4
Duration: 30 minutes

Hidden gems in Northern Portugal

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Landmark
Liberdade Square Porto
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Park
Parque da Cidade do Porto Porto
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Beer Tasting / Tour
Taste Porto Food Tours Porto
4.9
Duration: 4 hours
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River Rafting / Tubing
River Rafting & Tubing Porto
4.9
Duration: 4 hours

Shopping in Northern Portugal

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Civic Center
Palacio da Bolsa Porto
4.3
Duration: 1 hour
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Farmers Market
Mercado do Bolhao Porto
3.1
Duration: 1h 30 min
Farmers Market
Mercado Bom Sucesso Porto
4.2
Duration: 2h 30 min

Historic Sites in Northern Portugal

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World heritage site
Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco Porto
4.3
Duration: 30 minutes
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Religious Site
Bom Jesus do Monte Braga
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
World heritage site
Centro Historico de Guimaraes Guimaraes
4.8
Duration: 2 hours

Museums in Northern Portugal

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Art Museum
Museu Serralves Porto
3.9
Duration: 3 hours
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Art Museum
Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis Porto
3.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
FC Porto Museum Porto
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Specialty Museum
Casa de Tormes - Museu Queirosiano Santa Cruz do Douro
4.6
Duration: 2 hours

Kid-friendly things to do in Northern Portugal

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Beach
Praia da Barra Ilhavo
4.6
Duration: 4h 30 min
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Park
Parque Urbano Sara Moreira Santo Tirso
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Mar Shopping Matosinhos Matosinhos
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
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Beach
Praia do Carneiro Porto
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
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Walking tour
Minho Free Walking Tours Braga
4.9
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Food Tour
Grape Discoveries Porto
5.0
Duration: 8 hours
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Bike Tour
Top Bike Tours Portugal Porto
4.6
Duration: 4 hours