Property in Northern Portugal
Northern Portugal stretches from the university town of Coimbra to the Spanish border above Valença and Moncão, embracing the traditional regions of Minho, Trás os Montes, Alto Douro, Douro Litoral, Beira Alta and Beira Baixa. It is one of the less well-known regions of Portugal but contains some of the country's most diverse, dramatic and unspoilt scenery. Property prices in Northern Portugal are attractive and often significantly lower than in the south of the country but do bear in mind that the climate is also cooler and damper. Northern Portugal has properties to suit every taste and budget. As well as modern properties, there are lots of interesting projects for anyone keen to renovate ranging from ruined cottages and farmhouses to some beautiful old manor houses ripe for renovation.
Northern Portugal has many interesting and historic cities and towns including Porto, Coimbra,Braga, Guimarães, Bragança, Viseu and Chaves. Property in and around these towns may appeal to those interested in living and working in the cities or offering accommodation to tourists. Porto (aka Oporto) is the region's capital and Portugal's second largest city. It is an attractive and vibrant city that, along with neighbour Vila Nova de Gaia, is home to the famous port wine industry. There is a sizeable international community. The city's airport welcomes flights from across Europe and Porto has seen major investment in infrastructure in recent years with a new river bridge and metro system revolutionizing transport in the city.
The north's wide open spaces, lush valleys and bleak mountains, its rural charm and lack of pollution all make it a popular destination with lovers of the great outdoors. The region's natural highlights include the Peneda-Geres national park, and the natural parks of Serra da Estrêla, Montezinho, Alvão and Douro Internacional. Here amongst areas of outstanding natural beauty, you'll find rare plants and animals and ancient villages offering a friendly welcome and fresh local delicacies. You'll soon feel a world away from your everyday life! Rural properties in Northern Portugal are ideal for those seeking a slower pace of life and there is also a growing interest in eco-tourism and self sufficiency projects.
Northern Portugal's coastline is known as the Green Coast (Costa Verde). It is relatively unknown outside Portugal and has changeable weather. There are a few resorts that can be lively in the summer but in the main it is pretty and unspoilt with long sandy beaches and traditional seaside communities. The coast is popular with surfers and other water sports enthusiasts. Here you will find some of the cheapest sea front property in Portugal.
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