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Northern Portugal (Portuguese: Região do Norte) is the "oldest" region of Portugal, where the nation began.


Regions of Northern Portugal
  Douro Litoral
centred on the city of Porto, now the capital of the Norte Region
Portugal's northernmost region, centered on the city of Braga and bordering Galicia, Spain
  Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro
Portugal's northeast corner, where vast plateaus, river valleys, mountains, and castles abound. The Alto Douro Wine Region is a UNESCO World Heritage Site


  • 1 Porto — the main hub and largest city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • 2 Amarante — a beautiful city and a popular pilgrimage destination
  • 3 Braga — the country's religious capital city, sprawling along the Cávado valley
  • 4 Bragança — one of the oldest cities in Portugal, with a fine medieval castle
  • 5 Espinho — a seaside resort and fishing town
  • 6 Guimarães — the founding place of the nation, an historic city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • 7 Lamego — an ancient city, dating back to Roman times, where D. Afonso Henriques was acclaimed the first King of Portugal in 1140
  • 8 Póvoa de Varzim — one of the oldest fishing towns in Portugal, and a beach resort
  • 9 Viana do Castelo — visitors come for the Pilgrimage of Nossa Senhora da Agonia and the amazing views of the Lima River

Other destinations[edit]


Região do Norte (rr(ih)-zhee-UHNW doo NOHR-t(ih), /ʁɨ.ʒi.ˈɐ̃w du ˈnoɾ.tɨ/)

Visitor information[edit]


While Portuguese is the national language throughout the country, Mirandese is a recognized local language spoken in the Terra de Miranda area around Miranda do Douro.

Get in[edit]

  • Campanhã railway station
  • Sá Carneiro Airport (Porto Airport), (OPO IATA)

Get around[edit]

Teleférico de Gaia with the Dom Luís I Bridge

Drive, take the bus or train; subway in Porto metropolitan area.




Bacalhau (cod), Francesinha


Port wine

Stay safe[edit]

Generally safe.

Go next[edit]

  • Aveiro — city noted for its canals and Art Nouveau architecture
  • Beiras – Portugal's central region to the south
  • Castile and Leon — Spanish region to the east and northeast with many UNESCO World Heritage cities
  • Coimbra — site of Portugal's most oldest and most prestigious university
  • Galicia — Spanish region to the north whose Galego language is closely related to Portuguese
  • Viseu — historic cathedral city
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