Way to the North
Ancestry and Tradition
The North of Portugal was the birth region of the country, and home for ancient traditions and still preserved natural landscapes. Start your trip in Porto, follow the Douro river, travel up to Braga and finish in the Gerês Waterfalls.
The second biggest city in Portugal, still preserves the historical arquitecture of other times, but has learned to blend with modern days. Today Porto is a bursting place of arts and a multicural lifestyle. A walk by the Douro river followed by a visit to the famous Serralves Museum, is a must for all the visitors.
The Douro Valley could as easily be called the enchanted valley, such is the beauty and magic that its landscapes offer.
Departing from Porto, where the river flows into the sea and where the Douro wines (the oldest demarcated wine region in the world), produced on its hillsides, also end up, take the road and to get to know this cultural landscape, listed as a World Heritage Site.
Braga combines perfectly its two-thousand-year old History with a youthful lifestyle.
With over 2000 years of a very rich history, has one of the oldest Sacro-Montes in Europe and is the representative of the Minho region, the Bom Jesus. We can find the oldest Portuguese Cathedral and the Motherhouse of the Benedictines, the Monastery of Tibães.
Peneda-Gerês National Park
To visit Gerês is to walk by their beautiful trails, observe the animal species in nature, dive into the crystal waters of its waterfalls and discover a little more about our ancestors.
This park is with no doubt one of the greatest treasures of our country. Its extension runs through three districts (Braga, Viana do Castelo and Vila Real), a total of twenty-two parishes.
Go hiking in the forest and visit places like “ponte da misarela”, “soajo” or Lindoso. Don’t miss the hidden waterfalls of Cascata do Arado.