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


Map 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


  • 1 Porto — the main hub and largest city
  • 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
  • 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 (/ʁɨʒiˈɐ̃w du ˈnɔɾt(ɨ)/, rih-zhee-UHNG doo NOHRT(ih))

Visitor information[edit]


Portuguese and Mirandese are the national languages of Northern Portugal. Galician and Castillan are also spoken.

Get in[edit]

Sá Carneiro Airport (Porto Airport), (OPO IATA)

Get around[edit]

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




Bacalhau (cod), Francesinha


Port wine

Stay safe[edit]

Generally safe.

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