You don't have to go far to enjoy amazing places. When you are done shopping and want to explore the surroundings, pay a visit to one of our suggestions.
Porto, capital of the North, is one of the most ancient cities in the country and, as such, its ways are meandering and picturesque. Its Historic Centre, classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1996, is a living, dynamic heritage that constantly regenerates and reinvents itself, perpetually sustaining its charisma.
Key sites/events: Casa da Música, Historic Centre and Praça da Ribeira, Lello Bookstore, Majestic Café, Port Wine Cellars, Serralves’ House and Museum of Contemporary Art, São Bento Station, Cathedral, Clérigos Church, Foz Tram.
Vila do Conde is an ancient coastal town which reached its commercial and maritime peak in the 16th century with its shipbuilding industry, strongly connected to the Portuguese Discoveries, whose tradition remains up to the present times. It features a remarkable assortment of monuments which are representative of various historical periods, especially the sixteenth-century nucleus; various museums; the delicate bobbin laces; river and sea with 18 km of peaceful fine sand beaches; a gastronomy that reflects its geographical position adjoining the sea, rich agricultural region and prestigious events.
Key sites/events: Santa Clara Monastery, Cais da Alfândega, St. John the Baptist’s Fort, 18 km of Beaches, International Short Film Festival, National Handicraft Fair, Gastronomy Fair, Feasts in honour of St. John.
Churches and monasteries, museums and castles, gardens and a very prolific architecture are part of an unforgettable tour. It is also impossible to overlook the countless Natural Parks, the generous rivers, the sea and the mountain that serve as backdrop to the whole region. The North of Portugal is all this, and is also a region that has been awarded three UNESCO qualifications: the Historic Centre of Guimarães, the Douro Valley and the Côa Valley are World Heritage Sites.
Key sites/events: Historic Centres of Guimarães and Braga, Douro River Cruise, Côa Valley, Vinho Verde Route, Route of Santiago de Compostela, Peneda Gerês National Park, Romanesque Route.