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Ancient towns like Guimarães and Braga are some of the oldest in europe. Easily accessible from Porto and Galicia in Northern spain, offering fantastic opportunities for a self-drive itinerary off the beaten track.

In the Northern Portugal you can cruise along the Douro River, explore the city of Porto, Guimarães and Brega with its remarkable 12th century cathedral, or discover geological formations at the National Park of Peneda-Gerês.

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When to visit

In general, the best times to visit and experience as much as possible in Northern Portugal are between March and early June or mid-September and mid-to-late November, ideal for sightseeing and day trips.

Northern Portugal tend to be cooler and wetter than the rest of the country. The peak season is from June to the end of August, and this season offers hot and dry weather, which is suitable for spending time on the beaches.
During winter there is a very high possibility of rain.

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