The north of Portugal is often overlooked by travelers, which is strange considering its importance. Consider Guimarães, the birthplace of Portugal. This medieval town still retains the magic and charm that have marked it for centuries. Of course, Porto is the biggest city, and most well-known site of the region. On the shores of the Douro River, Porto has been a major center for international trade for centuries. Its most famous product? Port wine, naturally. Visit the Porthouses along the river to discover their history and sample some of the amazing wines. But there is more wine than just Port to be discovered here! The Vinhos Verdes region produces delightful white wines, and the Douro region presents us with a triple option: Great wine, fantastic scenery and a boat ride in a traditional boat along the placid waters of the Douro itself! Towns such as Braga, Lamego and Amarante are waiting to be discovered, with magnificent churches, stunning architecture and local charm.