The further up north you go within Portugal, the more you immerse yourself in Portuguese society. Nature is much denser than in the south. Here you can still find many spots that social trends of acceleration and digitization have so far overlooked. Contrary to some rumours, the north is not freezing comparing to other warmer parts of the country.
In the north, you will find many small towns that have retained their charm and, in whose restaurants you will in vain, ask for an English menu. Cities with such a character include Ponte de Lima, Vila Verde, Braga, Arcos de Valdevez, Guimarães or Viana do Castelo. At the same time, the cities have a good infrastructure. Here you can find the best hospitals in the north of Portugal. Due to the not very touristy infrastructure and the beautiful landscapes, the north or in particular the Peneda-Gerês National Park, has developed as a popular holiday area for hikers and nature lovers.
Thanks to the mild climate, the region offers ideal conditions for extended tours all year round. In addition to shady forest trails, the circular walks also offer challenging mountain trails and impressive panoramic views. The complex mountainous landscape is a habitat for much wildlife such as wolves, wild cats, or wild horses. In the valleys, there is lush vegetation and forests, especially oak, Prunus, and the globally protected tree species Albergaria and Cabril.
Regarding real estate, you can still find reasonable offers for houses and especially land in Northern Portugal. When choosing the region, a distinction should be made between personal use and tourist rental. Hiking tourism takes place in the national park, and accordingly, the right real estate can be found here. If you don’t want to rent, you can find absolute dream properties in the north for excellent price conditions.
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