PORTO AND THE NORTH OF PORTUGAL
It all started in the north, which is where Portugal came to be, as a people, as a nation. This is where we have learned what sets us apart and makes us unique, but also how valuable it is to understand how different cultures can, and should, come together.
An area of mountains and steep cliffs, the northern part of Portugal is characterised by its dense vegetation, rivers and natural parks. Castles, such as the Guimarães Castle, and sanctuaries and churches that are the backdrop for popular festivals are at the core of our cultural heritage. Simple rural shrines stand next to the grandeur of the Baroque architecture in all its granite and gilded woodcarving glory. There are cities that have developed their urban policy on a human scale, such as BRAGA, VIANA DO CASTELO, LAMEGO, CHAVES OR VILA REAL, with their manor houses and small palaces, and this is where we will find authenticity, people who are welcoming, who honour tradition. In Porto and the north of Portugal, people truly experience joy as a natural part of being alive and are grateful for all that they have and all that they are.
The RIVER DOURO is omnipresent. It comes into Portugal restrained by mountains and steep slopes and runs along the cultural landscape classified as World Heritage, where the DOURO AND PORT WINES are produced. It is one with the roads that take these wines to the CELLARS IN VILA NOVA DE GAIA, and its waters welcome the cruises that tour the area.