With the tourist boom in Portugal, focusing on the city of Porto that was recently (and again) elected as the Best European Destination of 2017, there is a greater offer of accommodation, and each time of better quality. So, in order to help you plan your next holidays or weekends trips, we leave you here a selection of those we consider some of the best hotels and resorts in northern Portugal. For city-people or nature lovers, inside and outside of Invicta, here are some of the most luxurious hotels. 

PESTANA PALÁCIO DO FREIXO, PORTO

Just a few kilometers from the center of Porto, the Hotel Pestana Palácio do Freixo combines luxury with history and tradition, standing in an 18th century palace that is now an Inn and National Monument. On the waterfront, here you can enjoy a relaxing holiday, with a breathtaking view over the Douro River and classic French-style gardens. Also note that the Hotel Pestana Palácio do Freixo was awarded the Best Boutique Hotel award in 2015. 

THE YEATMAN, VILA NOVA DE GAIA

Due to its location in the historic center of Vila Nova de Gaia, The Yeatman has a privileged and panoramic view over the city of Porto and the Douro River, being next to the Port Wine Cellars. Perhaps that's why it has dedicated himself to elaborating one of the best and most extensive wine charts in the world, which earned him the Best Regional Wine List in the World award in 2017. It stands majestically on top of a hill and has an outdoor pool and inland, so you can enjoy it even in the coldest months. Already distinguished with two Michelin stars, it’s a reference point in Portugal and in the world luxury hotel sector, valuing itself by its pet friendly policy and a plan to reduce the environmental impact.

VIDAGO PALACE HOTEL

One hour away from Porto, the Vidago Palace Hotel provides you with an experience of royalty, luxury and exclusivity. For those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, or for those who want a bit of everything, this accommodation is part of the Centennial Natural Park, characterized by its mystical aura and a fauna and flora of unexplainable beauty. It distinguished itself by its excellence and has countless awards such as Best Luxury Hotel SPA, Most Prestigious Wedding Venue, Portugal's Best Golf Hotel, among many others. 

INTERCONTINENTAL PORTO - PALÁCIO DAS CARDOSAS

If you prefer to emerge in true Portuguese culture and stay in the heart of the city, Palácio das Cardosas will be something to consider. An 18th-century palace restored and transformed into a luxury hotel, located on Liberty Square and close to all the main attractions of the city. If you are still not convinced, this palace appeals to your romantic side with the Best Luxury Honeymoon Hotel award by the World Luxury Hotel Awards. 

CARMO'S BOUTIQUE HOTEL

In a different and more intimate scenario, we present you the Carmo's Boutique Hotel, distinguished as Europe's Best Relaxation Retreat 2015, by the World Boutique Hotel Awards. In Ponte de Lima, you can enjoy its medieval center, and you can still enjoy the surrounding wine region of Minho. It has a cozy and romantic atmosphere, with only 15 luxury rooms, so you can enjoy truly relaxing and peaceful moments, away from the busy city. It has activities for all tastes, with various cultural experiences, wine tourism or even outdoor experiences.

SIX SENSES DOURO VALLEY

For those who prefer a fantastic view, contact with nature and a sustainable posture, the Hotel Six Senses Douro Valley is ideal. It is in Lamego, surrounded by vineyards and the Douro Valley Hills. The spa is one of the services that distinguishes it, as well as its organic garden, along with all the surrounding environment - a combination of nature with Portuguese tradition and a touch of modern. Currently recognized as Best Resort Hotel in Portugal by TripAdvisor. 

 FLORES VILLAGE HOTEL & SPA

In the heart of Porto, next to the cathedral, it offers you unbeatable views of the city and a proximity to the center that will make you feel like a true Porto citizen. It received the Luxury Hotel & Spa of the Year award in 2016 for the Luxury Travel Awards, meaning that his spa is definitely a must see.

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