The north of Portugal is somewhat different from the North. Theres definitely more greenery and a lot of buzz from places like Sintra and Lisbon. You can easily spend most days casually walking about 10 000 steps a day.
Here a few cities to visit in north of Portugal:
The city definitely has a lot of energy. Many people talented people fill the cobble stone streets with music, singing and dancing. For those who are in love with architecture, this is definitely the place for you. There are many beautifully designed buildings, arches, statues and more.
- ZeroZero: A place that we went to go eat at. Top tip is to make sure to get there early because this cute Italian restaurant is loved by many and there is a long waiting list. We had waited roughly two hours before we were seated but the food was delicious.
- TimeOut Market: These Markets are located all over the world. Each offering their unique stalls and dishes from local restaurants and stalls. They have a board next to each stall telling them where you can find each stalls shop/restaurant – which is very clever.
- Independente: This hostel was really lovely and in the middle of the capital city. It was a unisex hostel and this a good way to meet new friends on the way especially if you’re travelling alone. It was only 22 euros per night, had some impeccable wifi strength and you could leave your bags with them after you checked out. There is a restaurant and bar in the hostel if you don’t feel like going out.
The home to the Pasteis de nata. This delicious custard filled tart are all I looked forward to when visiting the city. The ideal time would be to at about 10AM before it gets too busy.
- Pasteis de Belem: If you decided to sit in the restaurant, you walk through giant rooms and see the Pasteis all lined up. You definitely cannot leave Portugal without having tried these warm buttery custard from the OG place. There are 6 people who know the recipe.
- LX Factory: A little market feel vibe area, with many things to be bought such as fashion items, food, music fine art, books and there’s even a cute little shop dedicated to making all sorts of cheesecake.
This beautiful space is where the castles are located. The castles that I had visited were called the Mauren and the Penne.
- Mauren was something I would have imagined to where people would have duals and sword fights. There was a lot of uphill with this castle and so a killer leg workout was featured in the tour.
- Penne looked like it was made for any Disney princess. With its vibrant colors and unique shape, I couldn’t help like feeling like my little girl dreams had come true. This castle featured a tour into the rooms of kings and queens that had lived in there. We saw everything from the bathrooms, bedrooms, giant kitchen and much more. Although the line of people was long, if anyone is interested in how the kings and queens who lived in this castle lived, then this is definitely the place for you.
Viseau is a lush green town with beautiful bridges and corn fields that you can walk through. The little town is filled is filled with cute cafes and interesting paths. It is very quiet and if you need a break from the business of other cities this would somewhat ideal. This isn’t one of the most glamorous cities to visit as there isn’t much to do here but if all you want to do is be by the country side and chill then this is the place for you.
Portugal has a lot of different things to offer in the North of Portugal. The cities to visit in the north of Portugal all offer a unique vibe and experience to your trip.