Things to Do and Places to Stay in the North of Portugal

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Adventures in Northern Portugal

If you are coming to the North of Portugal and would like help planning your holiday please ask us for suggestions and advice.

Family holidays, parties of friends, stag and hen dos, sports clubs or corporate enquiries are all welcome- we have lots of experience and knowledge of the local area and are happy to help!
Please browse all our activities in the north of Portugal below.

Northern Portugal stretches from Coimbra to the Spanish border above Moncão, embracing the traditional regions of Minho, Trás os Montes, Alto Douro, Douro Litoral, Beira Alta and Beira Baixa. It is one of the less well-known regions of Portugal but contains some of the country's most diverse, dramatic and unspoilt scenery.

The north's wide open spaces, lush valleys and bleak mountains, its rural charm and lack of pollution all make it a popular destination with walkers, cyclists, horse-riders and anglers. Some of the region's natural highlights include the Peneda-Geres national park, and the natural parks of Serra da Estrêla, Montezinho, Alvão and Douro Internacional. Here amongst areas of outstanding natural beauty, you'll find rare plants and animals and ancient villages offering a friendly welcome and fresh local delicacies. You'll soon feel a world away from your every day life!

Interestingly the mountains of Serra da Estrêla are also the only place in Portugal where you can ski or snowboard in winter.

Northern Portugal's coastline, known as the green coast welcomes laid-back surfers and other watersports enthusiasts while divers are attracted to its marine life and numerous, interesting wrecks.

If you want to visit the north of Portugal you can take the train or fly into Porto (aka Oporto) the region's capital and Portugal's second largest city. It is an attractively quirky, hillside city that, along with neighbour Vila Nova de Gaia, is home to the famous port wine industry. A guided tour of one of the port lodges is highly recommended as you get a fascinating insight into how the wine is made and plenty of free tastings! Many parts of the north of Portugal are characterised by carefully tended vineyards and the wine they produce here is some of the best in the country.

Finally did you know that the kingdom of Portugal was first proclaimed in the 12th century in the north of the country and there are lots of interesting historic towns to visit here including Braga, Guimarães, Bragança and Viseu?

City Tours

Walking Tours of Porto
walking tour Walking tours of Porto with knowledgeable, friendly, local guides. Choose between tours focussing on the city's gastronomy and wines, ancient or modern history, azulejo tiles, Jewish heritage and more!

Twizy Tours of Porto
twizy tour GPS audio guided Twizy tours of Porto- an eco-friendly, fun, informative and independent way to experience the city! The Twizy tours are available in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

Guided Minibus Tours of Porto
guided tour Get to know Portugal’s charismatic second city like a local with our guided tours of Porto! Discover the secrets of the city, its history, culture and gastronomy. Tours of FC Porto also available for football fans!

Multi-activity and Adventure

Adventurous Days Out
canoeing Discover more of Northern Portugal's spectacular landscapes from the waters of Matosinhos to the mountains of Geres and have lots of fun doing it. Adventure park holidays and exciting days out including rafting and canoeing, climbing, abseil and canyoning, mountain biking, paintball and more.

Serra da Estrela Adventures
Serra da Estrela The Serra da Estrela national park could have been tailor made for adventure! Join us climbing, kayaking, hiking or for a multi-activity expedition in this stunning wilderness. Specialist guides and equipment are provided to ensure a truly memorable experience.

Peneda Geres Canyoning
canyoning One of the most fun and intense contact nature sports: hike, rappel, scramble, slide, jump and swim your way down river!


Sky Diving!
Portugal skydivingOne holiday experience you'll never forget! We offer skydiving in Braga near Porto and Proenca a Nova in Northern Portugal. Come and take the plunge!

Drift Racing!
Portugal drift racingA fantastic new experience for car lovers and adrenalin fiends! When drift racing a driver intentionally oversteers causing a slide or drift in the rear wheels while maintaining vehicle control and a high exit speed. Sounds fun? Come and give it a go!

On the Water

Rafting in Northern Portugal
rafting The North of Portugal is particularly popular for rafting as it has spectacular mountainous scenery and clean, fast flowing rivers. We offer rafting adventures on the Minho and Paiva rivers- suitable for beginners and experienced rafters.

Cruises Along the River Douro
Douro river cruisesSail to the heart of wine country and discover the beauties of the Douro river onboard a luxurious modern yacht. Day cruises and holidays available. The most relaxing, romantic and comfortable way to explore this spectacular region.

Surfing in North Portugal
surfing in North Portugal The north of Portugal is one of surfing's best kept secrets with great waves, beautiful beaches and no crowds. Join us at our watersports centre near Porto all year round for a surfari or surfing lessons. We also offer windsurfing, kitesurfing and diving.

If you want to surf...
Portugal surfing ...have an adventure, fun, parties, enjoy peace, quiet and comfort, try new food and meet new friends. We offer all ages the opportunity to learn to surf on the beaches of Figueira da Foz, where you can feel close to nature. After a day's surfing, you can relax over a nice dinner in a friendly family atmosphere.

Explore The Countryside

Peneda Geres Day Trips
Peneda Geres Choose between hiking and wild swimming, horse back or donkey trekking and canyoning and come and explore the spectacular Peneda Geres national park. Transfers available from Porto or Braga for some trips.

Northern Portugal Cycling Tours
Douro cycling Guided and self guided cycling tours of Northern Portugal. You can cycle along the ancient Caminho Portugues to Santiago, explore the Douro valley or the North's beautiful coastline. Always accompanied by lots of history, culture and good food and drink!

Walking Tours in Northern Portugal
walking in PortugalOur walks are designed by experienced, enthusiastic walkers who want to show you the North's most beautiful scenery and give you a taste of its history, culture, wildlife and gastronomy. We offer relaxing guided and self guided walking holidays.

Horse Riding in Peneda Geres National Park
Portugal horse ridingDiscover one of Europe's last wildernesses - wolf and wild horse country! We offer holidays and trail rides in the heart of the national park if you love horses and the great outdoors then this is one experience not to be missed.

Idyllic Horse Riding in Northern Portugal.
pony trekkingFrom our captivating guesthouse in rural Northern Portugal we offer hour, day or week long rides, kayaking, mountain biking and walking or you can just relax in a romantic atmosphere. Experienced and inexperienced riders and children are welcome. Our guests enjoy tranquility, outstanding natural beauty, culture, good food and good company.

Horse-Riding Holidays in the Heart of Portugal.
Portugal horse ridingJoin us for a fabulous riding holiday at our beautiful farm in the undiscovered green heart of Central Portugal. Stunning scenery, lovely horses, great home cooked food. All riding standards catered for including families. 20% discount offered for winter bookings.


Yoga Retreats in Serra da Estrela
Serra da Estrela yoga Imagine a farmhouse on the edge of wilderness where you can practice yoga daily, stroll through the forest, swim and mud bathe in rivers, breath the pure, mountain air, eat delicious, healthy food, be inspired, make new friends and simply... retreat.

Peneda Geres photo copyright: Shalado

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