Main Cities in Northern Portugal
The North has many beautiful and beautiful cities with wonderful landscapes in which I chose to put the main cities of Northern Portugal
Oporto is the second largest city in Portugal, located in the north of the country, near the mouth of the River Douro. The city of Oporto is well known for its imposing bridges and the production of Port wine.
The best way to to know Oporto it is walking through its narrow streets full of history. If you visit this beautiful city, you must visit the Douro River at dusk, stroll through the Bolhão Market, taste the famous wines or visit emblematic and iconic places such as the Crystal Palace Gardens, Torre dos Clérigos, the Church of São Francisco, the Capela das Almas, the Lello bookshop, and the attractive Igreja do Carmo.
The beautiful historic city of Chaves, is situated in a fertile valley, next to the Tâmega River and very close to the border with Spain.
With a magnificent natural beauty, the city Chaves has many points in which you can not miss to visit, with a Historical Center worthy of mention, with the beautiful Camões Square, it also presents a religious history with several temples throughout the city, such as the Churches of Our Lady of the Rosary and the Chapels of Santa Catarina, that of Our Lady of Loreto, the baroque Nossa Senhora da Lapa, that of Nossa Senhora das Brotas, the of Senhora do Pópulo or of São Roque, in Magdalena, among many other sanctuaries that swarm this region.
Braga is in the region of Minho, in the Northwest of Portugal, surrounded by a magnificent landscape of rolling hills and forests. The city of Braga, one of the largest religious centers in Portugal, is renowned for its baroque churches, splendid 18th century manor houses and beautiful parks and gardens.
The history of the city reflects in the numerous churches and monuments, among which stand out the imposing Cathedral and the Church of Santa Cruz, dating from the seventeenth century.
Bragança, a district and municipality city, near the border with Spain, in the region formerly known as Trás-os-Montes.
Bragança Castle is undoubtedly the main attraction of the city and great landmark behind the history in the region. Whoever looks at the castle today can not say how many attacks, overthrows, reforms, reinforcements and campaigns have passed by.
Guimarães is a Portuguese city located in the District of Braga, North region, still to the old province of Minho, with a population of 54 097 inhabitants. Guimarães appeared in the tenth century, even before Portugal was considered a country, hence known as the “city-crib”.
Of the monuments not to be missed when visiting are São Francisco Chapel, Guimarães Castle, São Miguel Chapel, Sculpture of the Countess of Mumadona, Convent of Santo António dos Capuchos the city of Guimarães has many more magnificent monuments to explore.
Viana do Castelo
Viana do Castelo is a Portuguese city, capital of the district with the same name, in the North Region. This city is also very lively, because here the traditional celebrations are celebrated in style. College students also help the entertainment by filling the bars and nightclubs.
A place of obligatory passage, also the main reason for many tourists to visit this city, is the Basilica or Sanctuary of Santa Luzia. A spectacular temple located on Monte de Santa Luzia, very close to where you can visit the attractive ruins of the Old City of Santa Luzia.