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NORTHERN

PORTUGAL

Away from the big cities there is an unknown Portugal. Here the rhythm is different, traditions are still what they used to be. Picture yourself walking through oak forests, listening to the water sound, taking a deep breath and relax. The idyllic Minho countryside, Peneda-Gerês National Park, Douro valley slopes and Montesinho Natural Park are some of our favorite slow travel destinations in this region. Here you'll find 365 days of amazing experiences and new places to enjoy. 

MINHO

Considered one of Portugal's best kept secrets, Minho is always a surprising destination and unique. The culture, traditions and history, mixed with the intense green of natural the landscapes, which are distinguished by the harmony of its diverse ecosystems: maritime, fluvial and terrestrial. Braga, Guimarães, Viana do Castelo, Ponte de Lima are just some examples of the charming places that you can't miss. 

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PENEDA GERÊS NATIONAL PARK

Unique an unforgettable, two words to describe the only Portuguese National Park. Located in the northwest of Portugal, border with Spain,  the park has an area of 702.90 km2. The mountain landscape dominated by granite, clear water streams, green and lush oak tree forest are some attributes of this protected area. 

Peneda-Gerês NP extends from Castro Laboreiro plateau to Mourela plateau, covering the mountain ranges of Peneda, Soajo, Amarela and Gerês. A great diversity that makes the Park a perfect destination for a slow walking holiday. 

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DOURO VALLEY

One of the oldest demarcated wine regions and one of the most scenically impressive in the world, classified as UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The amazing terraces, on the steep hillsides, were built by hand for generations

This unique terroir is home of the famous port wine as well as exquisite table wines. Spring and Autumn are the best seasons for a walking and wine holiday. 

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CÔA VALLEY

A vast open air gallery, listed as a World Heritage Site by Unesco. Côa Valley has over one thousand rock engravings, dating back to around 25,000 years ago. A beautiful yet relatively unknown place in northern Portugal. The Côa valley is home  of wild herbivores, and the river gorges that are popular among vultures and eagles. 

The valley is characterized by its river gorges, oak forests and scattered fields.

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MONTESINHO NATURAL PARK

The Park’s landscape is characterized by gentle rolling hills and rounded rocky outcrops, complemented by valleys where rivers flow between poplars, alders, willows and large woodlands of black oak, chestnut trees and holm-oaks.

Montesinho Natural Park has a very rich fauna (240 species of vertebrates, of which 150 are birds, also otters, wolves, deer and roe deer) and a very different flora throughout the four seasons. of the year

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