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A Winter Retreat: 5 Great Cities and Towns in Portugal

A Winter Retreat: 5 Great Cities and Towns in Portugal

January 25, 2018

The winter in Portugal allow you incredible city breaks and adventurous travels. And we selected 5 amazing places for an incredible retreat for this season. Discover them now!

If you are passionate about exploring new places during the winter season, then why not travel in Portugal?

Whether for a longer holiday or just a winter getaway, we present you with 5 absolutely fascinating cities, where even in the cold you can feel the human warmth of the people, the monuments, the culture, the history, the landscapes and the famous gastronomy that you will find there.

Winters in Portugal are magical

Here are our suggestions for winter destinations that won’t let you down:

Gerês

This town is essentially about nature. Then you can choose between relaxation or adventure depending on you are more into. The thermal waters of Gerês are famous for their healing properties and the National Park of Peneda-Gerês with several protected species will dazzle you.

You will also feel embraced by this rural environment, trails and sightseeing spots which date back to Roman times. And if you are lucky and is cold enough, you will have… snow! And then you just need to let your imagination run wild and have a lot of fun with it.

Enjoy a Winter adventure in Gerês

Porto

City of the famous and unparalleled Port Wine and Humanity's Cultural Heritage. Here, visiting a Port Wine Cellar and tasting the delicious and fortified Port Wine must be in your bucket list. You will see both the most modern and trendiest, as well as the most historic and ancient sites of the second largest city in Portugal.

Stunned, is how you will feel once you admire its magnificence. There will be monuments of various styles to choose from for you to visit, and the beautiful riverbanks of this city will make you feel as if you were in the inside of a painting.

Porto is special in the Winter, and its Port Wine will warm your soul

Serra da Estrela

This is a very medieval place and here you will almost for sure find snow, which means you will be able to practice snow sports if you are into that. There is a waterfall named the Hell Well that you must see and also a Bread Museum that will make you feel as if you were making part of a movie setting.

The Tower at the summit and the typical stone houses are idyllic. There is also a typical cheese that you must taste, preferably with the traditional bread. All landscapes here look like beautiful winter postcards. You will feel travelling back in time!

Serra da Estrela has some of the most wintery landscapes in Portugal

Coimbra

When we hear this name the first words that come to our minds are “University” and “Students”. That’s because this city is in fact the city of students. But it is so much more than that! It is also a World Heritage and there are castles, convents, ruins, monasteries, colleges and museums to discover and explore.

Coimbra is a beautiful place in the Winter

Braga

Besides the wonderful natural landscapes Minho Region offers, you will be able to stroll through two impressive historic city centers (Braga and Guimarães). If you love adventure and discovery, become an explorer and visit Guimarães Castle, the house of the very first king of Portugal. Imagine what will be like to stand where he ate, where he used to sleep, to rule!!!

Feel like a king for a day! But there is a lot more to discover in the ancestral city of Braga. The great Cathedral and the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus are both mandatory stops.

The Sanctuary of Bom Jesus looks amazing when covered in snow

Now that you had a glance on our winter destinations, contact our experienced team and get a free quote just for you!