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Make a holiday rental house, villa in North Portugal your home away from home

North Portugal includes some of the wildest regions of Portugal. Many of the oldest, most unspoilt and beautiful areas of Portugal are hidden in the relatively un-discovered region of North Portugal. Consisting of green rolling hills, dramatic river valleys, a rugged coastline and a magnificently slow pace of life, holiday accommodation in Northern Portugal brings you as close as is possible to authentic Portuguese culture and scenery, away from the huge summer crowds which grace the more famous holiday regions of Portugal.

Places to Holiday in North Portugal

Walkers, hikers and nature lovers must rent a North Portugal holiday villa near the National Park of Geres, which incorporates mountains, abundant nature and clean waterways.

The Minho Region, the oldest in Portugal, is a great place to start your exploration of North Portugal. Holiday houses here benefit from the best of Portugal, lush countryside, historic towns, empty, golden beaches and peaceful rivers.

Things to do in North Portugal

There is an enormous wealth of things to do in Northern Portugal. Holiday houses or villa in North Portugal allow you to lounge on the often empty Atlantic beaches, walk in the endless, unspoilt countryside, fish the long stretches of rivers, lakes, reservoirs or the sea, or investigate the national monuments and towns from which the Portuguese Nation first sprung. Medieval castles, Romanesque churches and ancient cave paintings cover the area, giving a real sense of history and community.

North Portugal is a rural haven, and as such, is the perfect location for a huge range of outdoor activities. Canoeing down the Douro River, or climbing the shear gorges which it has carved from the surrounding hills are popular activities, as well as the excellent golf courses and facilities of Vidago, which keeps golf enthusiasts returning to North Portugal holiday houses each year.

If you have decided on taking a North Portugal holiday, it is almost essential you take self catering accommodation, as the wealth of local delicacies means that there is no end of magnificent places to eat and dishes to try, whether cooked by an expert, or cooked in the house, using fresh ingredients from the many local markets. North Portugal is famous for its Port too; Douro, Minho and Tras os Montes are all beautiful Port wines, which have kept the region as a special place to visit for wine connoisseurs.

Weather in North Portugal

Summer temperatures in North Portugal stay around the 28°C mark during the hottest periods which is colder than Spain. The varied landscape means that winters can be cold, and the worst of the weather misses the region.

Travel to North Portugal

The easiest way to reach a holiday rental house or villa in North Portugal is via Oporto International Airport (OPO), which receive multiple daily flights direct from across the UK and Madrid in Spain. Ryanair offer some particularly good deals on cheap flights to North Portugal. From the airport, car rental, ferry or train services open up the region to tourism, with the station towns of Guarda and Viseu operating as excellent bases for discovering the whole area.

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            Apartment #1681784
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              Excellent! 4.7/5
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              House #6496667
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                Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                Cottage #750611vb
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                  Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                  House #6394549
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                    Multiple rentals Apartment #1837234
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                      Apartment #6721720
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                        Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                        Apartment #1675849
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                          Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                          Apartment #1454102a
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                            Apartment #1779147
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                              Apartment #6531974
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                                Excellent! 4.7/5
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                                Apartment #6519286
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                                  Excellent! 4.7/5
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                                  Apartment #1854161
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                                    Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                    Apartment #553956vb
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                                      Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                      House #6691597
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                                        Exceptional! 5/5
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                                        Apartment #837897vb
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                                          Exceptional! 5/5
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                                          Apartment #6014999
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                                            Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                            Apartment #1568557
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                                              Excellent! 4.5/5
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                                              Apartment #1125498
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                                                Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                                Apartment #1514037
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                                                  Excellent! 4.7/5
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                                                  Apartment #1368840
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                                                    Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                                    Apartment #4051574
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                                                      Apartment #6750563
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                                                        Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                                        Apartment #1620782
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                                                          Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                                          House #6608731
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                                                            Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                                            Apartment #1148465
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                                                              Excellent! 4.6/5
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                                                              Multiple rentals Apartment #1358738
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                                                                Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                                                Apartment #6516125
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                                                                  Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                                                  Apartment #1243681a
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                                                                    House #1723019
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                                                                      Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                                                      Villa #6290038
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                                                                        Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                                                        Apartment #1292375a
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                                                                            Apartment #1681315
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                                                                              Exceptional! 5/5
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                                                                              Apartment #885997vb
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                                                                                Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                                                                Apartment #1009074a
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                                                                                  Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                                                                  Apartment #1767695
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                                                                                    Excellent! 4.4/5
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                                                                                    Villa #460560
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                                                                                      Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                                                                      Apartment #1672819
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                                                                                        Excellent! 4.6/5
                                                                                        (27 reviews)
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                                                                                        • 3 BR
                                                                                        • 1 BA
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                                                                                        Multiple rentals Apartment #1358738
                                                                                        27
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                                                                                          Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                                                                          Apartment #1772103
                                                                                          20
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                                                                                            Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                                                                            Apartment #6734874
                                                                                            7
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                                                                                              Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                                                                              Cottage #1004526a
                                                                                              27
                                                                                              Viewed 37 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                                                                (27 reviews)
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                                                                                                • 1 BR
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                                                                                                Apartment #1041652
                                                                                                27
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                                                                                                  Excellent! 4.6/5
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                                                                                                  • 3 BR
                                                                                                  • 2 BA
                                                                                                  • Sleeps 9
                                                                                                  Apartment #1706612
                                                                                                  18
                                                                                                  Viewed 21 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                    Excellent! 4.3/5
                                                                                                    (7 reviews)
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                                                                                                    • 2 BR
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                                                                                                    House #6516220
                                                                                                    7
                                                                                                    Viewed 52 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                      Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                                      (12 reviews)
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                                                                                                      • 3 BR
                                                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                                                      • Separate Toilet
                                                                                                      • Sleeps 7
                                                                                                      House #6375999
                                                                                                      12
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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Best of two worlds

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      The flat is very large and light, well equiped, clean and central to public transport lines taking one to Porto or further a field by bus, metro line, regional train or the two bikes that come with the flat. Maria is very welcoming and present in the background should emergencies arise. The flat is central for both Porto and the countryside, an aspect which too is worth a lot. The little shop at the end of the road near the beach is a gem. It sells everything and more. Supermarkets are further afield and require a car, but one has no real need for them. There restaurants and coffee shops in abundance within walking distance from the flat. We had a great time exploring Porto and the coast to the north and south, as well as Braga. We toured along the river Douro with the rental car and came across beautiful riverside beaches and interesting local restaurants. Trips by public transport were however the preferred mode of transport. Portuguese roadsigns and driving takes getting used to. We would love to come back and would suggest Maria's place to family and friends.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jun 2017

                                                                                                      The perfect getaway

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      A warm welcome, a beautiful home from home, comfortable and relaxing, an amazing garden with a great pool. Perfect for sightseeing or for sitting in the sun or shade. Great restaurants close by. And the best hosts ever. Thank you Armando and Ann.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jun 2017