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North Portugal Holidays 2020

from £108 per person

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7 Nights



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For a 2020 holiday that offers a wealth of European culture, alongside beautiful scenery and long sandy beaches, it has to be North Portugal. A playground for adventure sports enthusiasts, its countryside is also dotted with UNESCO World Heritage sites, cities with cobbled streets and plenty of old world charm, plus a staggering amount of picture-postcard beaches. A surfer’s paradise, the breezy Atlantic coast welcomes all types of water sports enthusiasts. Party animals revel in Porto’s bustling streets and clubs, and culture vultures head to the town of Guimaraes, which brings together the country’s culture and heritage in its winding streets.

On a holiday to North Portugal you’ll discover gastronomic delights tucked away in small family run restaurants, see traditional seafaring lives still being lived in the quiet coastal towns, and enjoy some of the very finest European architecture. Historic town squares are home to grand places of worship, hidden quirky cafés and craft stalls selling locally made goods. Long road trips take you through the ever-changing landscape before returning to your hotel. With a huge range of superb places to stay, your only problem will be deciding whether to enjoy a day by the pool, or head out for another day of adventure and discovery.

North Portugal at a glance

Explore the city

Explore Porto with all its old world charm and colourful fine dining spots

Must-visit historical sites

Admire the Baroque architecture in Braga, visit Old Viana do Castelo & see 9th century Castelo de Santa Maria da Feira

Try the local wine

Get lost in the beauty of the Douro Valley and sample the lovely reds the region proudly produces 

Lush natural wonders

Get to know the wildlife (and astonishing beauty) of Peneda-Gerês National Park

Discover the best beaches

Atlantic waves crash on golden dunes…we love the beaches of Caminha and Praia de Árvore

Sample the cafe culture

Slowly sip on your coffee as the world goes by in popular Ribeira (Porto’s most recognisable neighbourhood!)

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Taking a holiday in Northern Portugal gives you the chance to explore the region’s cities, along with their history and heritage. From the large city of Porto to the small town of Aveiro, every stop has a wealth of treasures to discover. No trip to Northern Portugal would be complete without a journey to Guimaraes, a Portuguese city that encompasses a rich blend of the country’s history, gastronomy, culture, art and architecture. With many river cruises, tours and city guides available across the region, there are plenty of ways to explore. Water sports and beach lovers will adore the west coast, with its never-ending beaches and Atlantic breezes keeping the temperatures comfortable in the hot summers.

If you’d rather spend time further inland, the rivers, mountains and wooded areas of the countryside offer a playground for thrill-seekers and visitors who want to enjoy the lush, green views at a slower pace.



Beach-goers looking for sun, sea and sand on a holiday to North Portugal will love the wealth of options on the west coast. Known as the Costa Verde, or the ‘green coast’, much of the shoreline is protected from development, ensuring unspoiled beaches and fantastic views. Beaches and their resorts towards the very north of the country are smaller and less affected by tourism. Still retaining their seaside traditions and ways of life, a beach trip here offers insight into the real Portugal.

Meanwhile, the Atlantic northwesterly winds and swells create a fantastic playground for surfers. Whatever the weather, you’ll find passionate surfers taking to the waves to practice their sport. If you’re staying inland, but are still keen to take to the water, you have a range of options. River cruises take in the best of the north’s riverside towns and sights, while water parks offer visitors of all ages the chance to make a splash in the sun.

Most popular hotels in North Portugal

Porto A.S. 1829
  1. Porto
  2. North Portugal
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iStay Hotel Porto Centro
  1. Porto
  2. North Portugal
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Eurostars Porto Douro
  1. Porto
  2. North Portugal
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Pestana Vintage Porto - Hotel & World Heritage Site
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Grande Hotel Do Porto
  1. Porto
  2. North Portugal
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Star inn Porto
  1. Porto
  2. North Portugal
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HF Fénix Porto
  1. Porto
  2. North Portugal
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ABC Hotel Porto - Boavista
  1. Porto
  2. North Portugal
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North Portugal weather

North Portugal weather
Avg. Dry Days 14
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Avg. Dry Days 12
Avg. Dry Days 17

Your North Portugal questions answered

Where is Northern Portugal?

Northern Portugal is set between the Spanish province of Galicia to the north and the Douro Valley to the south. 

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