Overview of North Portugal
Like many regions in Portugal, the Northern part has so much to offer tourists and locals; traditional cuisines, delicious wine, stunning scenery and welcoming hospitality. Here at Villa Retreats, we have a stunning range of luxury villas in North Portugal with private pools available for rental, all of which are suitable for families, couples and friends.
North Portugal Surroundings
Porto is the gateway city to the north of Portugal – the city which gave its name to port, a favourite both as an aperitif and after-dinner drink. The city is situated magnificently at the mouth of Douro river and boasts a historical centre which is now a World Heritage Site.
Northwards, the Minho region is bordered by the sea running up the Minho river, which acts as the country’s northern border with Spain. Here, arched vines edge the roads and twist around the trees in the fields. This is the world of ‘Vinho Verde’, the dry white wine, which is such a superb accompaniment to fish and the local dishes of the region. Many vineyards are open to the traveller providing the ideal excuse (if it was needed) to sample traditional Portuguese hospitality.
The Minho is steeped in history with ancient settlements, impressive churches and the pilgrim routes to Santiago de Compostela. There isn’t a town or village that doesn’t have a fair or festival, especially in summer, where locals and visitors alike can experience beautiful fireworks and dancing, accompanied with delicious local food and wine.
To the east of Porto is the renowned and beautiful Douro Valley. Here, a Mediterranean climate encourages the growth of figs, cherries, almonds, oranges and of course, grapes. It was only on these sunny slopes and chalky terraces that port wine was invented, and it was on the River Douro that the barrels were transported in traditional boats to the warehouses of Gaia, on the bank of the river opposite to Porto.
Choose Your Perfect Luxury Villa in North Portugal
Northern Portugal is an area to be discovered at your leisure, and our traditional, superbly located villas are your ideal base.
Villa Retreats has a stunning range of villas to rent with a private pool in North Portugal, including a large, spacious villa in the countryside with beautiful views that can sleep up to eight guests. It’s the perfect villa for a family holiday.
We also have luxury villas available in Northern Portugal, including villas in Lisbon, as well as regions outside this area such as luxury Algarve villa rentals.
Book your dream, luxury villa in North Portugal with Villa Retreats today, or speak to one of our travel experts for more information.