Northern Portugal UNESCO Site Discovery

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Where: Porto & Northern Portugal
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7 nights self-drive multi-centre holiday

A great way to get to see this diverse culture reach region is by travelling across as part of the multi centre holidays. From the beautiful colourful buildings of Porto to mesmerising beauty of the Douro valley with its vineyards, to the birthplace of Portugal Guimaraes, the Minho region and the north border you are sure to discover real Portugal where mass tourism hardly existent. 

Day 1:

Historic Centre of Porto

The landscape of cascading houses tumbling down to Ribeira, by the River Douro, and the waterfront area in Vila Nova de Gaia depict the history of this city linked to maritime activity since Roman times. The Cathedral and the Clérigos Tower, symbols of Porto, the opulence of the buildings, the Baroque churches, the Neoclassic Stock Exchange make this an exceptional urban landscape with a history stretching back thousands of years.

2 nights stay in Porto in centrally located hotel.

Day 3:

Continue your journey across the Douro Valley ad enjoy the mesmerising beauty of these fertile river. 2 nights stay in Vintage House.   Visit the towns of Braga & Guimaraes. 

Alto Douro Wine Region

The vines that produce the famous Port Wine grow in the majestic River Douro valley, the oldest demarcated wine region in the world. Its characteristics and the work of Man who has fashioned the valley into terraces over the course of many centuries have transformed it into a unique landscape of exceptional beauty.

Historic Centre of Guimarães

Guimarães has a high symbolic value for the Portuguese identity as the birthplace of the nation in the 12th century. The well-preserved city reflects the progress of civic architecture from the Middle Ages to the 19th century. The specialist construction techniques developed here were applied the world over in the Portuguese colonies, from Africa to the New World.

Day 5:

2 nights stay in Rinoterra Boutique Hotel or Hotel Minho in the heart of Minho region with great outdoor activities to end your stay in the north or extend your holiday with an extension to central Portugal to discover more.

Day 8: Drive back to Porto Airport for your flight back to UK.

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