Regions in Portugal

In addition to its islands, Portugal has five regions offering an array of things to see and discover: history, culture, gastronomy, wines and landscapes. And all of them are ready to welcome new residents.



Portugal was born in the North. Porto, the gateway to the region, has an amazing ability to reinvent itself without ever losing its true spirit. The Douro laps the riverbanks of Porto, crosses the entire northern region and earmarks its Port Wine heritage. It flows through a region of mountains and natural parks, as well as increasingly modern cities like Braga, Guimarães or Viana do Castelo.


Mountain landscapes and historic villages mark the interior, while cosmopolitan beaches dot the shoreline. Óbidos, Leiria, Aveiro display a vast, rich architectural and cultural heritage. Coimbra or Viseu, Nazaré and Peniche are some of the other stopovers along the way.


The capital of today breathes tradition, but in a modern, forward-looking city. Lisbon is the dynamo of an emerging region and that still has a lot to be discovered. Linha de Cascais-Estoril, the Sintra region, with its historic heritage, as well as area that lay before them near the southern banks of the River Tagus, guarantee a multitude of opportunities and experiences.


Plains that extend as far as the eye can see, but where the coast has a powerful presence. it has a rhythm of its own that’s so characteristic of this region. Heritage cities such as Évora and Elvas or Alqueva, Europe’s largest artificial lake; the entire Alentejan coastline with Simes, Porto Covo, Vila Nova de Mil Fontes or thriving Comporta: these are just some destinations in the region, and all within a few hours of Lisbon.


Two hundred kilometres of coastline are the jewel in the Algarve’s crown, reigned by warm waters and golden sands that stretch to infinity. But the mountains also influence the landscape and customs of the Algarve. Silves and Lagos stand out for their strong historic heritage; Portimão and Albufeira are more cosmopolitan; Loulé, with its first-class resorts; Faro, the capital; or Tavira, yet to be fully explored.


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