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A journey through the World Heritage in the North of Portugal

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The North of Portugal holds real treasures, whether in the landscape, in the architecture, or in the landscape, classified as World Heritage by UNESCO.

The diversity this region holds impresses its visitors, who are mesmerized by the terraces of the Alto Douro Wine Region, captivated by the pulsating heart of the historic center of the granite city of Porto, surprised in Guimarães, cradle of Portugal, and transported on an incredible journey through time in the Côa Valley, one of the most important places of prehistoric rock paintings worldwide.

In the heart of Porto

In the historic center of Porto, through mysterious and winding streets that end at Ribeira, there are hidden secrets of an undefeated and soulful city. Visit the Cathedral, the Palácio da Bolsa, the Church of St. Francis (Gothic and Baroque styles) and discover a unique architectural heritage and diversity.

Venture out on a scooter, by bike or on an organized Segway tour and feel the rapid beating of the impassioned heart of this city.

Relax by the Ribeira while enjoying a cheese board and a Douro wine, and feel inspired to know the Port Wine Cellars on the south bank of the river. Cross the iconic D. Luís I Bridge, and who knows, on hot days, you can observe the "River Boys": the Ribeira kids that dive into the Douro waters from the lower deck of this bridge.

At night, reconcile music and architecture by watching a concert at the ancient Ferreira Borges Market, an emblematic building of the nineteenth century iron architecture.

In the one of a kind Douro Landscape

From Porto, come meet the Douro river, the birthplace of some of the best wines in the world and the first demarcated region in the world . Try to embark in the city of Porto city in one of the boat hotels and let yourself be transported to an enchanted realm where gravity seems to be challenged by the cultivated terraces on shale slopes.

This region offers unique experiences such as wine tastings, walks through vineyards, wine picnics and dinners, and even the opportunity, between September and October, not only to see but also to take part in the grape harvest. Here, there are some places that you must visit, like Peso da Régua, where you will find the Port Wine Manor and delight yourself with this delicacy. Head also to Pinhão, about 65 km from Amarante, on the right bank of the Douro river and in the very heart of the Alto Douro Wine Region. Visit the immensely beautiful tile-decorated railway station, from where you can go on a nostalgic train ride through the Douro Valley. On the south bank of the Douro, go through São João da Pesqueira, a land of manor houses and wine production traditions.

It is also in the Douro region that you can find such a wide variety of accommodation options that you will be spoiled for choice. Choose from staying overnight in a centuries-old majestic palace or in a modern hotel. In common are the hospitality and quality of service and the opportunity to wake up or even swim in the pool overlooking the terraced vineyards, while being pampered with a fresh lemonade and a slice of homemade cake.

Guimarães, the cradle of Portugal

It was in the city of Guimarães that, in 1128, D. Afonso Henriques was recognized as the first king of Portugal, marking the beginning of the Portuguese nation.

Start your visit in Largo da Oliveira, find the ruins of the former Convent of Nossa Senhora da Oliveira, the Church of Oliveira and the beautiful cloister that is built into the Alberto Sampaio Museum.

Don't let yourself get lost in the rickety houses and medieval buildings of the historic center of the city, and set aside time to visit the Palace of the Dukes of Bragança, a majestic manor house and a unique example of its kind in the Iberian Peninsula.

Also discover the 17th century Convent of St. Anthony of the Capuchins, the Penha mountain and discover the extraordinary Minho cuisine which wins over even the most demanding palates. Be sure to try the "Naco à conquistador", rump steak accompanied by fine local produce, and treat yourself to the local desserts, all washed down with one of the "vinho verde" (wine) from the region.

Prehistoric Rock Paintings

Classified as a World Heritage Site in 1998, travel back in time in the Côa Valley, and shudder with the contact with prehistory.

There are 25.000 years of history gathered in 50 centers of engravings, along 17 km of the Côa River up to its confluence with the Douro river, in what is the most important open air sites of Paleolithic rock paintings in the world. In the Archaeological Park, feel the thrill of contacting with Prehistory when driven in an off-road vehicle through the four visitable rock art sites. Complete the tour with a visit to the Côa Valley Museum of Art and Archeology.

What we offer you is a journey through the history of Mankind in a region that combines the comfort of modernity with the adventure of a journey into the past. Contact us and embark on this fantastic journey!

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