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Região Norte (English: North Region), is a region in the northern part of Portugal. It is a land of dense vegetation and profound historic and cultural wealth. Its capital is the city of Porto.  It is one of five regions of Mainland Portugal (NUTS II subdivisions). The Norte is a culturally varied region, thus historical rivalry between different neighbouring cities and towns are very common, although with a strong common Portuguese identity, but unlike other Portuguese regions where every city and town are culturally very similar.
Porto, also known as Oporto in English, is Portugal's second city and the capital of Norte region. It is, along with Lisbon, one of Portugal's two global cities. The city is located in the estuary of the Douro river in northern Portugal. Being the largest city in the region, it is considered the economic and cultural heart of the entire region. With an estimated population of about 220,000 (est.2008), it lies at the centre of the political Greater Metropolitan Area of Porto, with a population of slightly more than 1.7 million (est. 2008), and is the main agglomeration of northern Portugal.
The city of Porto comprises 15 civil parishes. The historic centre of Porto was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996. One of Portugal's most internationally famous products, Port wine, is named after the city because it is produced in, and shipped from the area or, more precisely, from Vila Nova de Gaia, a city just across the river which belongs to the same conurbation. The country was also named after the Latin name of Porto, Portus Cale.

In recent years, UNESCO recognised its historic centre as a World Heritage Site. Among the architectural highlights of the city, Oporto Cathedral is the oldest surviving structure, together with the small romanesque Church of Cedofeita, the gothic Igreja de São Francisco (Church of Saint Francis), the remnants of the city walls and a few 15th-century houses. The baroque style is well represented in the city in the elaborate gilt work interior decoration of the churches of St. Francis and St. Claire (Santa Clara), the churches of Mercy (Misericórida) and of the Clerics (Igreja dos Clérigos), the Episcopal Palace of Porto, and others. The neoclassicism and romanticism of the 19th and 20th centuries also added interesting monuments to the landscape of the city, like the magnificent Stock Exchange Palace (Palácio da Bolsa), the Hospital of Saint Anthony, the Municipality, the buildings in the Liberdade Square and the Avenida dos Aliados, the tile-adorned São Bento Train Station and the gardens of the Crystal Palace (Palácio de Cristal). A guided visit to the Palácio da Bolsa, and in particular the Arab Room, is a major tourist attraction.

In 2001, Porto shared the designation European Culture Capital. In the scope of these events, the construction of the major concert hall space Casa da Música, designed by the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, was initiated and finished in 2005.

ALIJO FEATURED HOTELS, NORTHERN  PORTUGAL
Alijó - The council of Alijó has a lot to see and experience, in a variety of forms and in the different seasons of the year varying from one village to another.  Walking through the main town Alijó gives us a good picture of this variety.  The architectonic heritage is vast. Next to the town hall, in the ancient part of the town, is the Pillory – classified as Building of public Interest. Some of the other monuments to visit are: the Parish Church built in the 18th century, dedicated to Santa Maria Maior; the fountain in front of the church; the square in front of the Town Hall; the monument in honour of the Douro Man – witnesses by this council his historic vitality and main activity: the art and struggle of wine growing.
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Pousada de Alijó - Barão de Forrester, Alijó
The Pousada de Alijó, Barão de Forrester is a charming hotel located in the old village of Alijó, heart of the Douro Wine Region, among the famous "quintas", small estates where the Porto Wine vineyards grow.  It is the most perfect place to get to know how the Oporto wine is produced, one of the most famous wines in the World. The proximity of the Douro river allows guests to go on pleasant cruises, and enjoy one of the most beautiful landcapes in the country.  Next to the town hall, in the ancient part of the town, is the Pillory – classified as Building of public Interest. Some of the other monuments to visit are: the Parish Church built in the 18th century, dedicated to Santa Maria Maior; the fountain in front of the church; the square in front of the Town Hall; the monument in honour of the Douro Man – witnesses by this council his historic vitality and main activity: the art and struggle of wine growing. 
AMARES FEATURED HOTELS, NORTHERN PORTUGAL
Amares is a municipality in Portugal with a total area of 82.0 km² and a total population of 19,290 inhabitants. The municipality is composed of 24 parishes, and is located in Braga District. The present Mayor is José Gonçalves Barbosa, elected by the Socialist Party. The municipal holiday is June 13.
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Pousada de Amares - Sta. Maria do Bouro, Amares
Between the city of Braga and the Gerês mountain range, stands the Pousada de Amares, Sta. Maria do Bouro, result of the restoration of a former Cistercian Monastery and one of the most characteristic of that period in Portugal.  In accordance with the monastic severity, but with a comfortable and modern decoration, this historic luxury hotel is an absolute must to discover the cultural sites of Minho.
BRAGANCA FEATURED HOTELS, NORTHERN PORTUGAL
Bragança  - The city is ideally located near the border between Spain and Portugal.  In Bragança, with its strategic position, has token place many constructions of fortresses before Fernão Mendes, brother in law of D. Afonso Henriques, demanded the creation of the city walls in 1130.  It has been Brigantia. In its interior is the castle of D. Sancho I, established in 1187, with donjon and vigil towers, which have many tragic legends that say they were the refuge of Dona Sancha, the unhappy wife of Fernão Mendes. The legends also say that other wives were kept prisoners in those towers.  Between the city walls, it’s also the pentagonal Domus Municipalis from the 17th century, that is the unique model still remaining of the Romanic civil architecture in Portugal.
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Pousada de Bragança - São Bartolomeu
Bragança, too often forgotten due to its distance from the decision-making centres, will be impossible to forget, once visited. From the Pousada de Bragança, São Bartolomeu, on top of a hill of the Nogueira montain range, you have a superb view over the castle.  The Pousada de S. Bartolomeu enjoys a sensational view which stretches across the plateau lying beyond the mountains. After a visit to the city sites and monuments, a magnificent evening can be enjoyed by the pool. Located in one of the most interesting medieval cities of Portugal, this charming hotel in Bragança combines perfectly its architecture, decoration and gastronomy with the regional culture.
CANICADA (PENEDA-GERES NATIONAL PARK) FEATURED HOTELS, NORTHERN PORTUGAL
The Peneda-Gerês National Park, also known simply as Gerês, is the only national park in Portugal (although many Natural Parks, Protected Landscapes and Reserves exist across the nation). It is located in the Norte region, in the northwest of Portugal. It is in the districtes of Viana do Castelo, Braga and Vila Real. The park was created on May 8, 1971 due to its national and international scientific interest, with the aim to protect the soil, water, flora, fauna, and landscape, while preserving its value to the existent human and natural resources. Education and tourism are also goals of the park.
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Pousada de Gerês Caniçada - S.Bento
It is a nature hotel with a unique location, right in the heart of Peneda/Gerês National Park. The Pousada de Gerês Caniçada, São Bento, has a breathaking view over the river Cávado and the peaceful Caniçada dam.  These are landscapes to remember, while appreciating a delicious appetizer on the Pousada's terrace, looking down at the beautiful sunset reflected on the water. .
GUIMARAES FEATURED HOTELS, NORTHERN PORTUGAL
Guimarães   - Although is essentially a mediaeval town, Guimarães has its origins in the distant 10th century. It was at this time that the Countess Mumadona Dias, widow of  Hemengildo Mendes ordered the construction of a monastery which became the focal point for a settlement. For its defence she ordered a Castle to be built on a hill a short distance away, thus creating a second nucleus of development. A street grew-up linking one to the other - the Santa Maria Road.  Later the monastery acquired great importance due to the privileges and donations bestowed on it by kings and nobility.  It became a famous centre for pilgrimage attracting the prayers and promises of the faithful drawn from all quarters. 
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Pousada de Guimaraes - Nossa Sra. da Oliveira, Guimarães
The Pousada de Guimarães, Nossa Sra. da Oliveira is located in the medieval historical centre of Guimarães, traditionally known as the birthplace of the Portuguese nation.  This charming hotel pousada has been successfully adapted from a private manor house, and offers all the comfort of modern amenities, while maintains the charm and privacy characteristics. From the windows you can enjoy looking over the church steeples and ancient rooftops, inviting you to get to know the surrounding Medieval streets, leading to the majestic monuments, so characteristic of the city.  It is part of the liveliness of the city, helping to reflect its century old traditions. Staying at this Pousada and walking through the narrow streets that lead to the castle and to the Palace of the Dukes, is like discovering the history of Portugal.
Pousada de Guimaraes - Santa Marinha, Guimarães
Near the historical centre of Guimarães, set on a hill overlooking the city, we find the majestic Pousada de Guimarães, Santa Marinha, a former XII Century Augustin Monastery, which after being rebuilt and restored, received the National Architectural Prize in 1985.  This historic luxury hotel has unique charming points, like the superb gardens, to be counted among the best Portuguese’s gardens, a magnificent stone staircase and an artificial lake can be found among the trees.  The rich Portuguese glazed tiles, the cloisters, the terraces over the city will, together with the magnificent cuisine and wines, make you wish to stay for a very long time.
MARAO FEATURED HOTELS, NORTHERN PORTUGAL
Pousada de Marão - São Gonçalo, Marão
The Pousada do Marão, São Gonçalo, is a nature hotel set on the Marão Mountain Range and only 20km from the town of Amarante.  This Pousada is the perfect place to enjoy the magnificent landscapes of the mountains and the Tâmega valley. The splendour of the view from the Pousada sitting room is matched by the excellent quality of the cuisine.  In the hotel's immediate surroundings, guests can enjoy the most beautiful tours, amongst which a visit to Mateus Palace, which apart fromits architectural beauty, offers guests a full programme of international cultural activities.
MESAO FRIO FEATURED HOTELS, NORTHERN PORTUGAL
Mesão Frio is a municipality in Portugal with a total area of 26.7 km² and a total population of 4,652 inhabitants.  The municipality is composed of 7 parishes, and is located in the district of Vila Real.  The present Mayor is Marco António Peres Teixeira da Silva, elected by the Social Democratic Party.  The municipal holiday is November 30.
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Pousada de Mesão Frio - Solar da Rede, Mesão Frio
This Pousada, with breathtaking views over the River Douro, offers superb hotel accommodation in an 18th Century Quinta in a port wine region of Portugal.  In the middle of the Douro demarcated wine region, on the road from Mesão Frio to Régua, is the Pousada Solar da Rede, with its breathtaking view over the River Douro. Ideally located within a 27-hectare vineyard, this 18th century manor house offers visitors the chance to sample the reality of local vineyard life, whilst reliving the ways of Port savouring.  The furniture is outstanding and the individually designed rooms have been described as 'a museum of beds' with each bedroom containing one of the finest beds of an age and having all the furniture in the room to match.  These fine pieces are also throughout the public rooms of this historic luxury hotel where they fit in perfectly with the architectural grandeur and the decorated tiling on many of the walls.
PORTO FEATURED HOTELS, NORTHERN PORTUGAL
Porto, also known as Oporto in English, is Portugal's second city and the capital of Norte region. It is, along with Lisbon, one of Portugal's two global cities. The city is located in the estuary of the Douro river in northern Portugal. Being the largest city in the region, it is considered the economic and cultural heart of the entire region. With an estimated population of about 220,000 (est.2008), it lies at the centre of the political Greater Metropolitan Area of Porto, with a population of slightly more than 1.7 million (est. 2008), and is the main agglomeration of northern Portugal... read more
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AC Porto Hotel, Porto
The AC Porto Hotel is located in the Antas district of Porto, Portugal. The hotel is situated next to the Dragao Football Stadium, home of the AC Porto football team, and within four kilometres of the city centre.
Hotel Features. The stylish, modern facade of the AC Porto Hotel opens to a designer interior. The reception area is framed in steel and extends to a lobby area decorated in earth tones with leather seating and sleek wood. Guests can workout in the ultra-modern fitness room and relax in the sauna. Further amenities include laundry facilities and garage parking for a surcharge of 12 EUR per night. Prices are subject to change. Steel tables and spot lighting characterise the AC Porto's trendy restaurant which is hung with modern art and serves Mediterranean dishes prepared from fresh regional produce. Room service is available 24-hours a day. The Serralves Modern Art Museum, located 12 kilometres from the hotel is housed in a stark, whitewashed modern property surrounded by lush gardens. The Museum is home to a permanent art collection, a library and a restaurant with an adjoining terrace. 
Eurostars Das Artes Hotel, Porto
Modern pale blue-fronted building set in Porto's galleries area, the Eurostars Das Artes is 600 metres from the bustling Rua das Carmelitas. Rooms have modern decor in neutral tones, with large headboards, air conditioning, satellite television, safes, wireless Internet, mini-bars, pay movies and telephones. The Eurostars Das Artes bar serves drinks and light snacks, which are also available via the 24-hour room service menu. The hotel has meeting and conference facilities available for hire and offers a range of business services. There is no restaurant onsite, but the area of Porto surrounding the hotel has many cafes and restaurants offering local dishes and local Douro wines. The beach and port are a ten-minute walk from the Eurostars Das Artes; for those feeling energetic, it is a five-minute walk to the nearest fitness centre. Porto's Aeropuerto Dr. Francisco Sa Carneiro is 15 kilometers away. 
Hotel Dom Henrique, Porto
The Dom Henrique is a 1970s-built high-rise hotel, designed with input from Portugal's top architects, located 100 meters from the city center. The modern guestrooms are decorated in creams and reds with wood furnishings. All include high-speed Internet connections, fax and modem points. Cable television with radio, telephones, and minibars. Marble bathrooms come with speakers and complimentary toiletries. All rooms are nonsmoking. The Restaurant Alem Mar is decorated with warm colors with an intricate tiled wall, exclusively designed by a prominent Portuguese artist. Here, guests can sample Portuguese specialties including Bacalhau (dried cod) and Roasted Octopus. The Rivoli Theater and City Hall are both within 750 meters of the hotel. Oporto Airport is 15 kilometers from the hotel. Taxis are affordable and available 24 hours from outside Arrivals.
Sheraton Porto Hotel & Spa, Porto
A modern 12-storey hotel surrounded by mature trees and situated in downtown Porto, less than one kilometre from the main business district and five kilometres from the city's historic centre. The hotel's spa provides a range of treatments which combine European and Oriental traditions, a gym, a Zen studio with classes in Swasthya Yoga, mixed sauna and hammam. Additionally, guests can make use of the indoor swimming pool with hydrotherapy classes and hairdressing salon. The spa has 7 treatment rooms, where facial and body treatments, hot stone therapy and aromatherapy treatments take place, with ESPA products. Restaurant Porto Novo is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and specialises in traditional Portuguese cuisine. The restaurant has a glass-covered Bar New Yorker is styled to resemble a New York bar, with rich red armchairs and black bar, situated in the hotel's lobby and offers live musical entertainment and an exhaustive cocktail list.
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VALENCA DO MINHO FEATURED HOTELS, NORTHERN PORTUGAL
The ancient little town of Valença do Minho lies on commanding heights above the left bank of the River Minho, Miño in Spanish, which here forms the frontier between Spain and Portugal (frontier crossing). Nowadays there is hardly any sense of the past rivalry between the two states and there is a lively crossborder traffic between Valença do Minho and Tui on the other side of the river. The Spaniards come to Valença do Minho chiefly to purchase cloth goods, especially terry towelling.

The old core of Valença do Minho is enclosed by the ramparts of its massive walls. Although the town was always strongly fortified, the present Fortaleza, or fort, is 17th C., in the Vauban style. From various points on the walls there are superb views over the "new" town, some way below, the Minho valley and the mountains of Galicia.

Narrow alleys between whitewashed house crisscross the old town, and this is where the textile shops can be found. Buildings worth seeing are the Capela de Sao Sebastiao, the late 13th C. Igreja de Santa Maria dos Anjos, and the Igreja Matriz, which was founded as a collegiate church by Joao I in about 1400.

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Pousada de Valença do Minho - São Teotónio
The Pousada de Valença do Minho, S. Teotónio, is set on the highest place of the old fortified area of Valença, near the Spanish border.  This charming hotel in Northern Portugal enjoys a magnificent view over Spain, the peaceful river Minho and the ancient village walls. Its cuisine delicacies are among the best of the Minho regional traditions.  The fortress is a piece of Gothic and Baroque Military Architecture. The first walls were built in the 13th century (1200). Nowadays it is a kind of bulwarked system, Vauban type, built in the 17th and 18th centuries.
VIANA DO CASTELO (COSTA VERDE) FEATURED HOTELS, NORTHERN PORTUGAL
Viana do Castelo is a city and a municipality and seat of the district of Viana do Castelo in the Norte region of Portugal. 

King Afonso III of Portugal founded the town in 1253 in the name of Viana. In the 16th century, its port gained great importance as one of the main ports from which Portuguese explorers set sail, due to the discoveries. The most remarkable buildings in the town are from this era. Its traditional folklore is among the richest in the country.

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Pousada de Viana do Castelo - Monte de Sta. Luzia, Viana Do Castelo
The Pousada de Viana do Castelo is set on the hill of Santa Luzia, overlooking the city and the beautiful estuary of the river Lima.  Inaugurated in 1918, this charming hotel is perfectly situated and has been part of the network Pousadas de Portugal since 1979, formerly called Hotel Santa Luzia, this unit was restructured to create a more welcoming and comfortable ambiance and then reopened as Pousada do Monte Santa Luzia, with forty seven rooms, a suite, Swimming-pool, tennis court, garden and playground for children.  From this Pousada guests can enjoy the view of one of the most beautiful landscapes of our country, the city of Viana do Castelo and the sea. Its surrounding gardens and woods, along with the magnificent swimming pool and the peaceful place where the Pousada is set, allow guests an invigorating tranquillity.
VILA NOVA DE CERVEIRA FEATURED HOTELS, NORTHERN PORTUGAL
Vila Nova de Cerveirais a municipality in Portugal with a total area of 108.6 km² and a total population of 8,752 inhabitants (2006).  The municipality is composed of 15 parishes and is located in the district of Viana do Castelo. The present Mayor is José Manuel Vaz Carpinteira, elected by the Socialist Party. The municipal holiday is October 1.
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Pousada de Vila Nova de Cerveira - D.Diniz, Vila Nova de Cerveira
The Pousada Vila Nova de Cerveira, D. Diniz, is a boutique hotel set in a small XIII century manor house, where rooms and suites have their own courtyards, and ensures guests have total privacy.  From the manor's old walls you have the most magnificent view over the river Minho. This is an excellent starting point to get to know the beautiful Minho landscapes and traditions, or even to relive the military achievements of this land.  The consolidation of  V. N. Cerveira as a tourist destination is also supported by products of great historical, cultural and natural relevance, as the Mountain and chapel of  Espirito Santo, where there are visible remaining portions of a defensive system, seem to be of Celtic origin.

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