If you are looking to make a travel discovery, one that will encompass great natural beauty, delicious food and wines, wonderful welcoming people and much history, you might want to think about northern Portugal as a new destination. Porto and the north are often overlooked, perhaps for Lisbon, the beaches, and the Algarve in southern Portugal. But Porto and the Douro Valley, UNESCO World Heritage areas, are stunningly beautiful and delightful to visit. With only one million visitors per year, you will find much to discover, with fewer crowds and with very reasonable prices.
Let’s start with the city of Porto, which has about two million inhabitants including the surrounding areas. Porto is the capital of the north and is one of the oldest cities in the country. You can take a tram to the mouth of the Douro River, get to know the beaches and the outdoor cafes and also see some modern buildings desogned by architects like Size Vieira or Rem Koolhaas.