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Relax in Northern Portugal

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Recover your strength in Porto and North of Portugal. Enjoy a weekend or take a short break and give yourself to the best our country has to offer.

Here you'll find several options for your relaxing vacation. You can do a cruise on the Douro, with its unique and unforgettable landscapes. Undergo a treatment plan in the thermal baths and the regional SPAs, or simply choose a hotel and savor what the land has to offer you. 

Cruising through Douro

Get aboard one of Douro Azul cruises and live a once in a lifetime experience in the oldest demarcated region in the world.

Barca d'Alva, Régua and Pinhão await your visit offering a cultural landscape of remarkable beauty which the ancient tradition of wine has helped to build. Classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the Alto Douro Wine Region is the place where famous port wine is produced. In the quiet of your boat trip on the Douro, you can taste this wine known internationally for its quality and taste.

If you want to enjoy more time in this region, you can do it! Leave open the possibility of returning to Porto, the starting and ending point of your trip, and come back another day or by train. Thus, you will be able to enjoy more of your trip, staying, for example, the night in a hotel with a unique atmosphere.

In the thermal baths and spas in the region

Did you know that in the north of Portugal, there are 18 thermal waters centres? They are wellness destinations that aren't massified, in quiet areas and with a high quality of life, and are well distributed throughout the territory, corresponding to tectonic faults crossing the northern region. There are city spas, mountain spas and thermal resorts, so you can choose the resort whose environment you like the most.  The SPAs have also been gaining more and more prominence, inserted, most of the time, in renowned hotels.

In Porto, the Yeatman hotel, a 5 star hotel offering a discreet yet elegant comfort, while welcoming you in the best traditions of Portuguese hospitality. The hotel has one of the seven Caudalie spaces existing all over the world and the first wine SPA in the country.

On the morning of the next day, head to Guimarães, where the thermal baths and the SPA Taipas Thermal combine the traditional classic strand of Hydrotherapy with a recent dimension of well-being. The goal is to continue to relax and regain energy after walking around the capital of the north. The waters of this spa resort located in the birthplace of Portugal are indicated for the treatment of respiratory, rheumatism, muscle or bone, and skin problems. 

Just 30 minutes from the beach, in Minho, you have the thermal baths of Melgaço and Monção. In the very heart of Minho, within the municipality of Amares, between Braga and the Gerês, you'll also find Caldelas's holy waters. Not far, in a mountain zone surrounded by vegetation, you'll find the Thermal Baths of Gerês. At Guimarães, there is Caldas das Taipas and, in the neighboring county, Caldas de Vizela. In Barcelos, you are able to have a bath in the Eirogo thermal baths. 

Starting from these spas you will be able to explore important cities like Braga, a reference in religious tradition, or Guimarães, the birthplace of Portugal, whose historic center is a World Heritage Site. In the Peneda-Gerês National Park, be sure to visit unique in natural heritage.

In Trás-os-Montes, the waters of Carvalhelhos, of Termas de Chaves, Vidago, Pedras Salgadas and Carlão (Murça) have exceptional conditions and purity of water. In this region, the green landscape continues to be the dominant color. The thermal waters are of great quality and will help you restore the necessary balance. 

In Douro, you can relax at the resorts of Moledo (Peso da Régua) and Caldas de Arêgos (Resende).

While taking relaxing visits, on foot, boat or bike, discover places of great calm and beauty. Go canoeing along the rivers of Portugal and swimming in the pools of the Thermal Spas or natural pools. If you practice golf or tennis, play a few matches and see how you will be fully relaxed.

During your relaxing vacation be sure to calmly explore the cities where you are staying and taste the gastronomy. We are sure that you will not regret it. Contact us for any clarification and for some amazing vacations, without worries.

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