Here’s a list of 5 reasons why you have to visit Northern Portugal! Namely Porto and the Douro Valley.
LUXXU is a luxury brand from Portugal and we just had to share with you 5 reasons why you must visit the north of our beautiful country.
Portugal has been a popular travel destination, especially Lisbon, but the north of Portugal has a sublime appeal that you can’t miss out! Breath-taking landscapes, great weather, charming people, world-class cuisine, photogenic streets and quite reasonable prices are only some of the reasons to visit this location.
This wine-producing region is the perfect blend of luxury and nature. With vineyards hugging the famous river that runs from Spain to the Atlantic ocean this regions must not be ignored. If the landscape does not convince you there are also boat rides that will take you to the best locations.
Six Senses Douro Valley
Speaking of luxury, this UNESCO World Heritage Site offers the finest luxury hotels! With a strong focus on wellness, and of course wine this hotel has everything! From a very relaxing atmosphere to a pool, a riverside picnic area, outdoor yoga, daily wine tastings and a restaurant. All of this in the amazing setting the Douro Valley has to offer!
Porto is a city with an impressive cultural and design heritage, from historical landmarks to more modern structures by Pritzker Prize-winning architects. Some of the highlights of the city include the most beautiful McDonald’s in the world, with Art-Deco stained glass; the Majestic Cafe, a Belle Epoque gem, the São Bento Station, featuring traditional white and blue tiles and of course Livralia Lello, a bookstore that served as inspiration for Harry Potter, a must-see for lovers of Art Nouveau and Gothic architecture.
A modern museum that all the art lovers can’t miss! Filled with contemporary art exhibitions and designed by Álvaro Siza. Besides, you can also visit the grounds, 44 acres of gardens filled with sculptures.
Of course, we could not leave Port wine out of this list! Across the river from Porto, in Gaia, you’ll be able to visit wine cellars and do wine tasting session, from wine to port-based cocktails there is a bit for everyone! Don’t miss Porto Cruz’s 360-degree rooftop as it offers the best views over Porto!
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