The north of Portugal is characterized by a perfect combination of natural beauty, unspoiled old villages, nice compact cities, museums and ancient monasteries. Plus of course the possibility to be active.
The only national park in Portugal, Peneda-Gerês, is less than an hour away from the campsite. It is in some places quite touristy, including opportunities for swimming, boating, water skiing and biking, but offers further from the beaten track an oasis of calm.
Alvão Natural Park is smaller but also a lot quieter and ideal for hikers and (experienced) cyclists. Also there are many ancient villages to be found within the park
The region is easily explored by car and we have detailed a few trails that mainly takes you along very quiet roads and lanes and will provide you with ample opportunities to visit interesting places, and have a drink at the local beauty spots.
Guimarães has a beautiful medieval center next to specific sites such as the well-preserved castle and the impressive palace.
The modern city of Braga owes its fame partly to the pilgrimage church of Bom Jesus, just outside town. Located a few kilometers outside of Braga there are two interesting Gael Iberic mountain towns. A small museum has an interesting exhibition of the excavations. Also just outside Braga there is the imposing monastery of Mosteiro de Tibães with lovely gardens.
Naturally, Porto is also full of beautiful and fascinating places, and there are plenty of smaller towns and villages that are worth a visit. You can read all about the region in the information folder we have at your disposal at the campsite.
Museum lovers can also indulge in the province of Minho. In Porto museums include ancient and modern art, photography and of course port wine. But the old stock market is also worth a visit. Braga too has a museum of photography and lovers of glass art and ceramics should definitely be visited. Elsewhere in the region there are several charming small museums, for example displaying antique cars and trains.