Located in the northern part of Portugal behind the Silver Coast and the Green Coast, the region of northern Portugal is full of dense vegetation and rich with history. The first king of Portugal, Dom Afonso Henriques was born here, he is well renowned for his heroic (Christian Reconquest) win over the southern region. When you visit Northern Portugal you can stay at one of the many mansions or manor houses or even holiday villas for rent (which are still abundant with arms), and find out more about the aristocratic way of life.
The region is also rich with gastronomical options as well, with light, acidulous wines very popular among the tourists staying in villa rentals here. The longest motorway of Portugal, the A1, which goes runs from Lisbon to Oporto, also passes through Northern Portugal. Tourists have easy access to the seaside resorts, and captivating beaches like Caminha and Vila Nova de Cerveira. There are rivers, fertile plots, vineyards, and waterfalls galore and of course we have to mention the enchanting Peneda-Gerês National Park. Oporto is the capital of this Northern region and it is complete with an international airport as well.
Amarante is a major tourist attraction which is nestled among the mountains. The river Tamega flows through the city. There are numerous mansions and holiday villas that were built in 17th century, with their colorful balconies decorating the streets of the entire city. The terraces of restaurants provide a good view of the river as well as that of the captivating bridge of Sao- Goncalo built across it.
It is a medieval walled City which is renowned for Ceramics Museum, the Mother church, the Archaeological Museum of Dukes’ Palace and the Churches of Terco. The walking tours around these streets will reward you with sights of many medieval houses and the ancient Jewish quarter provide a soothing experience.
Northern Portugal and the surrounding regions of Portugal have welcomed tourists for many years and it is well geared up in terms of the supply of Portuguese holiday rental accommodation, including studios, apartments, villas, duplexes, townhouses, farmhouses and even mansions, to provide you with perfect holiday accommodation facilities. Find a suitable holiday home in the Northern and book direct with the owner. If you prefer self catering facilities there are plenty of choices, otherwise you can choose from bed and breakfast or hotel accommodation.
If you like relaxing in a varied region and enjoy history and national heritage, northern Portugal may be the place for you!