A weekend to discover the North of Portugal

Written on : 12 December 2017

Capital stopover

The capital of Northern Portugal will seduce you with its rhythm of life, rocked between tradition and modernity. Also known for its culture and its colourful gastronomy, this city will amaze you for sure. Come and enjoy a weekend of discovery and relaxation in the heart of Portugal by staying in a luxury villa, enjoying all the necessary comfort.

Places steeped in Portuguese culture

To discover what makes the charm of Portuguese culture, a stay in the heart of the city of Porto is a great idea. Stroll along the great Aliados Avenue. Porto's central artery leading to the sublime town hall via a paved cobblestone path, you will find all the key monuments like the train station of Sao Bento. Another must: the Bolhao market. True window open to local gastronomy, you will discover a market full of colours and flavours. Let yourself be guided by the exquisite smells of fresh produce and do not hesitate to bring back some specialties!

Many other wonderful surprises await you in this busy city. Find all our advice by discovering our guide on the essential of Porto.

For kids

You can of course take your children with you. It will be an opportunity to discover a European city full of activities together. Children especially enjoy sailing on the Douro aboard vintage boats called "rabelo barco". You can admire the wonderful Dom Luis bridge! If time permits, you can also bring your children to the Sea Life Aquarium where they will be able to marvel at the beauty of the seabed.

>>> Discover our guide about family activities in Porto

Exquisite restaurants

You will find many excellent restaurants in the heart of Porto to discover all the gastronomic specialties of this region. Indeed, Porto is famous in Portugal for its gastronomy, so you will always find a good restaurant where you can enjoy an excellent meal according to your desires. Villanovo have found for you the best addresses in the whole city of Porto. Want sushi? Italian specialties? fresh fish? typical local dishes? We have the addresses that correspond to your desires.

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The Northern Road

Due to its geographical position, Porto is a real gateway to Northern Portugal. Discover a region full of colour, going up the Douro through green valleys and countryside as far as the eye can see... Visit the city of Chaves, one of the oldest cities or Ponte de Lima for its extraordinary heritage. The district of Braga also offers a nice getaway for a day, with its view between sea and mountains and the famous Dom Jesus. To visit all these sublime places that make up the Portuguese landscape, a car rental seems to be the best idea. You will have the freedom to leave whenever you want and to drive on the roads of the North of Portugal. A car is also essential for nature lovers who would like to visit the sublime Peneda-Gerês Natural Park, a breathtaking mix of waterfalls and lush vegetation.