North & Centre Portugal

North & Centre Portugal
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The natural beauty of Portugal’s oldest region forms the backdrop for this proud and traditional land.

The Douro river is the longest in northern Portugal. It winds its sinuous way past mountains and cliffs until it reaches the Atlantic near the city of Porto.

Many dams have been built to make the river navigable, which for the visitor means that plenty of pleasure-boats depart from Porto. Between Mesão Frio and Pinhão lies the stretch where the valley sides are lined with terraced vineyards that produce the famous Port wine. But this region is famous for other things besides the wine that is made nowhere else in the world. Signs of prehistoric men are seen in the ancient cave paintings in Vila Nova de Foz Côa. Elsewhere, medieval castles and convents or Romanesque little churches dot the landscape.

A paradise of unspoiled natural resources, the region is a perfect place for mountain trekking, canoeing or simply resting.

Three towns that set the tone for this charming area of Portugal are Viana do Castelo, lying upon the estuary of the Lima river; Braga, rich in ecclesiastical history; and the medieval Guimarães.

Our holidays accommodations are situated in the following areas or cities :

Vila Praia de Ancora

is a fishing village in North West Portugal, in the heart of the Minho province. It is perfectly situated between sea, mountains, and countryside.
Very attractive town, at the end of the Ancora river, nested in a valley protected against winds by the surrounding green hills.

It offers numerous attractions between its beaches, its magnificent landscapes, its numerous monuments and its exceptional history.
You will find many activities for an unforgettable stay, including watersports, fishing, and typical local gastronomy.

Tras os Montes

A remarkable region consisting of high mountains, vast plateaux and deep valleys. There are several National Parks with a large variety of animal and plant species. Among its attractions, the thermal city of Chaves is rich in history; the village of Vidago is also very pleasant with its thermal baths situated in a beautiful park. Barcelos is a city dedicated to arts and crafts… The region has many very attractive small villages with majestic viewpoints and numerous historic vestiges.

Serra da Estrela

Here, we are practically on the very roof of Portugal: a granite massif almost 2 000m high, it is the highest mountain massif in the country (ski resort in winter). It is beautiful hiking country, and there is a multitude of extremely ancient small villages steeped in myths and history.

Esposende

is a charming small town with beautiful beaches, cafés, local restaurants and small shops. There is also 2 supermarkets, doctors, pharmacy and an open market.

The climate is excellent in this region from May to October, and you can spend calm holidays there, making the most of the nature : the sea, rivers, beaches, and mountains, as well as handy tourist centres nearby, offering golf, horseriding, watersports and nightclubs.

Esposende is 35 km from Braga, 47 km North of Oporto, 20 km South of Viano do Castelo, and 73 km from the Spanish border (Valencia).