Considered the capital of the northern region of the country, Oporto is a charming city, bathed by the river Douro. The richness and variety of its many monuments and historic buildings have allowed it to be classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you can find the world famous Port Wine Cellars. Besides the city, the district of Porto is a dynamic centre of commerce and industry, full of beautiful villages and prosperous cities like Espinho, Matosinhos or Póvoa de Varzim. In all these places, near the Atlantic coast, it is possible to taste the wonderful gastronomy based on sea products.
Further north you will find the region of Minho and its incomparable nature. Here you can discover the roots of the Portuguese identity, evident either in the architectural and cultural heritage, or in religious manifestations such as processions and popular festivities. It is obligatory to visit the beautiful cities of Braga and Guimarães.
All over the north there are places that must be visited. From the city of Vila Real you can explore the Douro valley and the famous Port Wine Route, and visit the wine estates on the steep banks of the river. In Trás-os-Montes, in the north-east of Portugal, the wild mountain landscape is combined with places of magical beauty, such as the Montesinho Natural Park - one of the wildest forest areas in Europe. In between, there are unique sceneries, historical villages, natural landscapes and a very rich gastronomy, besides welcoming locals. The so-called "Lands of Basto", Chaves, Viana do Castelo, Bragança or Montalegre are other unique places that deserve to be discovered too.