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Northern Portugal


Sun holiday in northern Portugal: discover this part of Portugal

What would this day bring during my small-scale holiday in northern Portugal? The sun was shining invitingly and a gentle breeze was blowing through my hair. Sipping a cup of coffee at my quinta, I was reminded of a beautiful place: Porto. Always a vibrant setting! I can spend hours just walking around the historic centre in awe while getting a taste of the authentic Portugal. Across the metal Dom Luis I bridge and past colourful houses by the Douro river. The Costa Verde is a famous area in northern Portugal. The area has a lot of greenery and countless vineyards that always draw my attention. I couldn’t wait to stop at one of the farms to taste some authentic port wine. ‘A sua saúde!’

Small-scale hotels & apartments in northern Portugal

Enjoy a quiet holiday in northern Portugal by staying at a cosy quinta with friends. Or go for a romantic honeymoon surrounded by nature. Simply relax and enjoy everything this part of Portugal has to offer. Also great to visit in late summer because of the weather. I love to take a week off during this time and spend a short holiday at a quinta.

My Portuguese recommendations have limited availability and tend to be fully booked in advance. Do you want to book a holiday in northern Portugal? I recommend booking your stay away from the masses in time to make sure your favourite spot is still available. For more holiday inspiration, check out my last minutes to Portugal or my latest discoveries.

Fly & Drive in northern Portugal

Good to know: my flying holidays to northern Portugal always include a rental car and a place to stay.

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What to do in northern Portugal?

In addition to its famous port wine, northern Portugal is also famous for its unspoiled nature. I love to go on long hikes in northern Portugal to explore the beaches, rivers, mountains and waterfalls. And then find myself a nice patio in one of the vibrant cities such as Porto, Viana do Castelo, Braga and Guimarães. I highly recommend a visit to Porto during a fly & drive holiday in northern Portugal . After exploring the city and its endless alleys, I like to grab my rental car to follow the Duoro and explore the gorgeous landscape full of vineyards. The view is just as stunning as the famous porto wine is delicious!

Nature enthusiasts should definitely visit the natural reserves in northern Portugal; a hike or cycling trip around these beautiful areas is a unique experience. Aveiro is yet another lovely town to visit. With its gondolas, canals and colourful façades, it is called the Venice of Portugal for good reason. Northern Portugal is a great destination for an active holiday full of beautiful hikes and mountain bike trails. One unique way to explore the region is to follow the 60-kilometre long cycling trail and footpath by the Minho river. Why not rent a kayak or surfboard and try out the refreshing water?

My trips to northern Portugal are some of the most diverse holidays of all. From hiking the Costa Verde or cruising the Duoro Valley to a wine holiday in the Vinho Verde or a city trip in Porto. There truly is something for everyone.

Culinary trip in northern Portugal

Are you a fan of fresh fish? Northern Portugal is just the place for you! The fish on your plate was caught at sea that very morning. I highly recommend a Portuguese classic called Acorda de Mariscos, a seafood dish which I first discovered in Porto. Another famous Portuguese dish is salt-dried cod. I just can’t get enough of it on my culinary trips in northern Portugal. Madeira and the Costa de Lisboa are great places to enjoy traditional Portuguese ways of preparing fish. And a holiday in northern Portugal just isn’t complete without visiting one of their traditional coffee houses called Pastelarias. A great place to enjoy some typical Portuguese pastries. And what better way to conclude your day than with a delicious glass of Port on the patio of your hotel.

The weather: from northern Portugal with love

The climate in northern Portugal is mild and humid. Summers are dry and warm and winters are mild with quite a lot of rain. This is why northern Portugal is so green and a great place to visit year round! Marvel at the gorgeous flower fields in spring during a nice and active holiday with pleasant temperatures. Or go for a late summer or winter sun holiday, just make sure to pack an extra sweater because evenings tend to be chilly. Prefer a real summer holiday? Yet another great reason to visit northern Portugal and find yourself a nice spot by the sea for an unforgettable time.