Porto & North of Portugal
Portugal’s birthplace lies in the north and Porto is the gateway to a journey through the diversity of the natural and cultural heritage of a region that, crossed by the River Douro, stretches from the Atlantic to the Spanish border. Porto gives its name to one of the most internationalised wines in the world and to the School of Architecture where Álvaro Siza and Souto de Moura (Pritzker Prize winners) studied. A region of mountains and natural parks, such as the Peneda-Gerês, it has a rich heritage spread across castles, such as the one in Guimarães, sanctuaries and churches that are the stage for pilgrimages in the summer, whether in Viana do Castelo, Braga, Lamego, Chaves or Vila Real.
Cradle of nationality and of the Douro Demarcated Region, which is the oldest demarcated and regulated wine region in the world (1756), the north of Portugal expresses its strength and identity in wine regions and wines that have become flagships of Portugal, such as Port Wine, one of the most internationalised wines in the world, and the still wines of the Douro, the Vinhos Verdes, whose name reflects the exuberance of the green natural landscape, the sparkling wines of Távora and Varosa, with vineyards planted on granite, lithic and transitional soils, excellent for producing fresh wines, and the wines of Trás-os-Montes, which many say is one of Portugal's "next big things".
Douro, Vinho Verde, Trás-os-Montes and Távora-Varosa
3 REASONS TO VISIT
- World-famous wines
- The iconic bridges over the Douro River
- Peneda-Gerês, the only National Park in Portugal