Welcome to LodgingGuide's hospitality industry listings for the Porto, Portugal area.
As northern Portugal's anchor city, Porto features all the charms of a historic riverside community with modern convenience of an international airport. North of Porto runs a coastal road linking Vila do Conde to Valenca showcasing summer resorts, gorgeous beaches, and charming villages like Caminha and Vila Nova de Cerveira. Inland, a sprawling national park covers mountains of Peneda, Soajo and Geres. Porto's 'zona ribeirinha' waterside and a busy downtown district are popular for strolling. Other magnets include the Stock Exchange Palace and the Romanesque-Gothic Cathedral. Museums range from the Soares dos Reis and Casa de Serralves to the Casa-Museu de Guerra Junqueiro and the Romantic Style Museum of Quinta da Macieirinha. The Port lodges in Vila Nova de Gaia provides free tastings of the famed port wine. The northern region's Douro river winds past mountains and cliffs until it reaches the Atlantic near the city of Porto. Dams make the river navigable, which translates to cruise boats depart from Porto to the Douro region.
Between Mesao Frio and Pinhao lies the stretch where the valley sides are lined with terraced vineyards that produce the port wine. The region also is famed for signs of prehistoric men in ancient cave paintings in Vila Nova de Foz Coa. Dotting nearby landscape are medieval castles, convents, and Romanesque churches, plus manor houses such as the Baroque mansion at Mateus, near Vila Real. In the northeast region of Tras-os-Montes, mountain trekking, canoeing combine with spa town allure of Carvalhelhos, Chaves, and Pedras Salgadas. Vidago showcases a magnificent park with swimming and golf. Three other towns accenting this charming region are Viana do Castelo, on an estuary of the Lima river; Braga, boasting ecclesiastical history; and the medieval Guimaraes. The region's mansions and manorial houses often double as bed and breakfasts, providing glimpses of aristocratic Portuguese traditions with modern hospitality.
You can begin researching lodging properties and on-site restaurants in the Porto area by selecting one of the options shown below.
Lodging in Porto, the country's second largest city. Porto offers many attractions, monuments and museums for tourists, and is a great starting point to explore the river Douro. This area is served by Porto Airport (OPO).
Lodging options in Coimbra, located between Lisbon and Porto. Coimbra has beautiful gardens, nearby Roman ruins, and one of Europe's oldest universities, the University of Coimbra.
Lodging options located in Northern Portugal in the city of Braga which is also known as "Portuguese Rome" for its concentration of religious architecture. This town is also the commercial and business center of the region.
Lodging located between Porto and Coimbra near the Atlantic Coast in the city of Aveiro. Aveiro is crissed-crossed by canals and is known for the "ria", a lagoon which links Aveiro to the sea.
Area Facts: Porto was nominated as European City of Culture in 2001. The international dialing code for Portugal is 351.
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