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Low inland traffic during summer
Risk of wildfires during summer
Good value for money
2'000 years of wine growing tradition. A UNESCO world heritage site and home of the Port wine.
PN do Alvão
Natural Park with diverse habitats.
Tranquil and idyllic river location with a historic bridge and church.
The 'Venice of Portugal' is known for its canals and Moliceiros boats with a colorful mix of religious and mundane motifs.
Lake filled calderas, hot springs and resident sperm whales.
Citânia de Briteiros
Archeological site of a large iron-age settlement. At its height in the 2nd century B.C. it consisted of 100 dwellings.
One of the oldest universities in the world in continuous operation. Founded in 1290. A UNESCO world heritage site.
The first capital of Portugal. Its particularly well preserved historic center is a UNESCO world heritage site. There is also an ancient castle and a controversially renovated palace.
PN do Litoral Norte
Protected habitat for coastal flora and fauna at the estuary of the Cávado river.
Houses merged with rocks. A village half way up a mountain, built between huge boulders. At the very top a ruin of an old fortress, great views and cool breezes.
PN de Montesinho
Natural Park at NE border to Spain. Home of the ever elusive Iberian Wolf.
Biggest surf waves on earth on Praia de Norte. In 2017 Rodrigo Koxa (BRA) surfed a record setting 24.4m (80ft) wave. Follow the signs to the Forte de São Miguel Arcanjo / Farolim de Nazaré.
Fortified medieval city and castle.
Peniche & Berlengas
Go-to location for European surf students. Rock formations and island nature reserve.
By many considered the most beautiful village in Portugal, it is also quite remote. It is said that blue was the only paint available in the village store. Hence doors are blue.
National Park in the NW corner bordering to Spain. Unusual granaries in Soajo, evocative of tombs.
Ponte de Lima
Oldest 'vila' (town heading a municipality) in Portugal. The long medieval bridge still contains 5 arches of the original roman bridge, presumably dating back to the 1st century.
Ribeira, its old district at the left Douro river bank is a UNESCO world heritage site. Connected by some iconic iron arch bridges. Main export hub of port wine.
Palaces, villas, lush parks and mysterious initiation wells. A UNESCO world heritage site.
Last seat of the knights Templar.
A UNESCO world heritage site.
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