The north is one of the richest regions in Portugal. A wealth that goes from its heritage, legacy and cultural tradition, through gastronomy and wine, to the beauty of its landscapes. Composed of genuine people and faithful to its customs, the north of Portugal has highly developed cities like Porto, Braga, Guimarães and Vila Real.
Oporto is the second largest city in the country and the second one for which the country is named. Built on the Douro River, its main tourist attractions include the riverside area, the Clérigos Tower, the lively shopping area of Rua de Santa Catarina, the serenity of the river mouth and the world-famous wine cellars.
And near the Port, there are two other beautiful cities – Guimarães and Braga.
Guimarães, the birthplace of the nation, has one of the most magnificent historical centers in Portugal, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. And Braga, a secular city, attracts thousands of visitors to its religious monuments, such as the cathedral and its treasures or the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus.
On the other hand, in the northeast of Portugal, stands out in the region of Trás-os-Montes, the cities of Vila Real and Bragança. Near Vila Real we can find the Casa de Mateus Foundation, famous for its wine production, which is worth a visit for its facilities.
In Bragança, medieval city, get ready to visit the monument Domus Municipalis, a unique example of civil architecture. The Trás-os-Montes scenario also includes the Montesinho Nature Reserve, a protected area to discover and explore, which includes more than 74,000 hectares.