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It is time to explore Northern Portugal

Visit this place for its rich heritage oozing on the streets

Portugal has its architectural influences around the globe, so what better way to experience it firsthand than visiting the country itself. Right from the breathtaking buildings, houses, and monuments to its scenic beauty, Portugal is the place to be. It also remains one of the affordable and cheapest countries in Western Europe. Taking a car tour around Northern Portugal and passing through the picturesque old streets or going hiking in nature or tasting the delicious cuisine, there is a lot to do in Northern Portugal. So here is your list for your next adventure.

Óbidos

This town is a must-visit for its village adorning of little colourful streets. A walk down these lanes during the golden hours as the heat subsides the best time to soak in the village and its captivating charm. Located on a hilltop, the village is encircled by a fortified wall and in the present remains a well-preserved example of medieval architecture. Right from its streets, squares, walls, and castles, all are popular tourist destinations. Each July, the castle hosts a traditional ‘Medieval Market’ for two weeks.

Lamego

This is an old Baroque village that is famous for making port wines. A tradition that has been kept alive for centuries, Lamego comes with a rich history. Portugal’s first king, AfonsoHenriques, ascended the throne here in the 12th century. It was the King who built the primary church, the Se. So you have to visit the 12th and a 13th-century castle, a stone cistern from the Arab rule, Our Lady of Remedies Sanctuary.

Peneda-Gerês National Park

Peneda-Gerês are names given to two main granite massifs – the Serra da Peneda and the Serra do Gerês, which along with the Serra Amarela and the Serra do Soajo, formulate the park’s highest peaks. In these high peaks are the beautiful valleys with oak and pine trees. The park also houses around 220 vertebrate species, including the threatened Pyrenean desman, Iberian frog, or gold-striped salamander.

Guimaraes

This historic town centre is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site, in recognition for being an “exceptionally well-preserved and authentic example of the evolution of a medieval settlement into a modern town” in Europe.

Other must-visit places in Northern Portugal are Peniche, The Medieval Castle,Porto, Douro Valley, Braga, Nazaré, The Batalha Monastery, The Alcobaca Monastery, Montesinho National Park, Paiva Walkways, Praia da Costa Nova, Amarante, and Viana do Castelo.

Nirtika Pandita

A follower of Master Oogway, living by his words of Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift, which is why it is called the ‘Present’, I am trying to master the art of now. Keeping that in the center I am combining my professional prowess as a writer and nerves of a gastronaut to conquer the Saha world.
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