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What to See on Holiday in Northern Portugal


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Northern Portugal is growing popular as a holiday destination with families staying in holiday rentals. This region of Portugal has amazing attractions such as the historical and cultural landmarks.

In recent years the demand for self catering holiday accommodation has grown. This has resulted in a great choice of holiday apartments, villas, cottages and farmhouses now being available to rent as self catering holiday homes.

In order to enjoy Northern Portugal to the fullest, it is advisable to opt for sightseeing tours, extreme sports and water sports that tourists can enjoy in this wonderful region.

Tourists must try out water sports such as kayaking, snorkeling and canoeing in the beaches of Northern Portugal. Northern Portugal is the perfect destination to try these extreme sports such as skiing, snowboarding and wind surfing. Tourists can enjoy their Northern Portugal holiday trip to the fullest by opting to try outdoor land sports such as biking, trailing and walking.

When staying in holiday homes in Northern Portugal many holiday makers like to sample the great night life. Many go to the wonderful clubs and restaurants that are so common in this area. The clubs here offer many different types of music including rock, jazz and hip-hop.

Northern Portugal has many bars offering world class beer and wines. One of the most alluring features of checking out the bars here is that tourists can taste the exotic port wine. Holiday makers can enjoy the fresh local food and wine that is served in many of the family cafes and restaurants. This part of Portugal is particularly proud of its local seafood dishes and they are certainly worth tasting if you get a chance.

When on vacation to Northern Portugal you must try and see some of the wonderful museums. The Museu da Ceramica (Ceramics Museum) is very popular with locals as well as tourists and is worth a visit. The region is also rich in history and local architecture with many religious sites.

One good example of this is Braga town which has lots of beautiful churches. Of particular interest are the Sameiro Sanctuary and Bom Jesus sanctuary. It would also be wise to plan a trip to Chaves to see the 14th century castle. There is also a Roman Bridge on the river Tamega and the mother-church of Romanesque origin to see while you are there.

Northern Portugal is the perfect place to buy horn, wood and cork objects. There are also many decorative kitchen items that can also be bought. Many holiday makers buy the local port and take it home friends as gifts. You can also purchase some of the world's best ceramics and hand made azulejos (hand painted tiles).

This region of Portugal is full of charm and the locals are very friendly. It is a great place to go on vacation as there are so many different things to do. Many families like to rent holiday villas and self catering holiday apartments in this part of Portugal as holiday homes. Staying in holiday rentals in Northern Portugal is growing in popularity each year.

Andrew Gibson is MD of Direct Holiday Bookings. It has holiday villas to rent in Northern Portugal . Northern Portugal has a great selection of holiday apartments that can be booked as holiday homes online with Direct Holiday Bookings.


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