Surrender yourself to the care of the best spas in Porto and try the therapeutical qualities of the Atlantic waters that bathe the Portuguese coast in Thalassotherapy treatments in Espinho or Viana do Castelo. And don’t forget the goat’s milk baths in Carmo's Boutique Hotel, in the beautiful town of Ponte de Lima.
- Gastronomy and wines
In the Spas of Porto and northern Portugal, where traditional medicine is combined with other techniques in order to find new ways to fight the wariness of the body and spirit, you will feel reborn.
While on the programmes, use your free time to practice sports, such as tennis, canoeing and golf, among others. You will have whatever you need to explore the surrounding areas – the thalassotherapy centres and spas we suggest are located in magnificent areas of great beauty and tranquillity –, on foot, by bicycle or in relaxing boat rides.
Rebalance yourself at one of the Spas in Porto, capital city of the northern region and synonymous with a cosmopolitan destination, enjoy the nightlife, good restaurants and even better wines – don’t forget to taste Port wine and the DOC Douro table wines.
You will like
- The thalassotherapy centres and spas in Porto and in the north; they are located in places of great beauty and tranquillity
- The Douro and Trás-os-Montes landscapes
Techniques of traditional and oriental medicine, massages, water treatments, aromatherapy and wine therapy are some of the ways to fight stress and give your skin a new glow.
Perfectly located and with an excellent view, the Yeatman, overlooking the Gaia Pier and the Port Wine cellars is the first luxury wine hotel in Portugal, offering a unique and indescribable experience.
It is one of the seven Caudalie spaces open in the whole world and offers special treatments, such as exfoliation with crushed Cabernet grapes – the “product”, freshly prepared, will leave your skin shinning and radiant – or the barrel bath – in red wine, chosen by the client according to the favourite aroma.
Alternatively, you will also find good spas in the Sheraton Porto Hotel & Spa and in Pousada do Porto – Hotel Palácio do Freixo.
In the outskirts of Porto, in Espinho, you will find the Municipal Balneário Marinho – Thalassotherapy Complex and Hotel Solverde Spa & Wellness Center.
The Axis Viana Business & Spa Hotel and the Hotel Flôr de Sal, the latter offering thalassotherapy treatments, are two alternatives up north, in Viana do Castelo, where you will feel like staying in its historical centre and enjoy the cuisine and beaches.
What to do
- In Viana do Castelo, take the elevator up to the Sanctuary of Santa Luzia and enjoy the view
The mild climate and privileged location near the sea make this city, affectionately dubbed the living room of Minho, a natural reserve of well-being, where you can recharge your batteries.
Still in Minho, the Carmo's Boutique Hotel is worth a visit. This hotel is part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, whose concept based on the old boarding houses. You will feel at home and simply adore the signature spa treatment: a goat’s milk bath like the ones Cleopatra used to take, or so the story goes.
What you need to know
- The Carmo's Boutique Hotel is just 5 minutes by car from the centre of Ponte de Lima, the oldest town in Portugal
The Vidago Palace Spa, in Trás-os-Montes, is worth visiting for the wide range of effective facial and body treatments, together with Aromatherapy Associates & Clarins, but also for the surrounding areas and architecture. The building, in a minimalist style, with straight lines and white marble, was designed by Álvaro Siza Vieira and contrasts with the Belle Époque opulence of the main hotel building. Try one of the health treatments and programmes using the naturally mineral water of Vidago, known for its healing properties.
The Aquapura Douro Valley, in the Demarcated region of Douro, is yet another resort in the north of the country, in a secluded and privileged place, where the quality of service is its banner and the landscape is breathtaking.
How to get there
There are flights from Bremen, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Karlsruhe, Munich, Dortmund, Zurich, Liverpool, London, Bordeaux, Carcassonne, Dole, La Rochelle, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Paris, Rodez, St. Etienne Toulouse, Tours, Barcelona, Madrid, Palma de Mallorca, Valencia, Bologna, Milan, Pisa, Rome, Copenhagen, Brussels, Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and New York.
The best way to go from the International Airport Francisco Sá Carneiro to the city centre is to take the underground. The trip takes about 30 minutes.
To go to Viana do Castelo, 60 Km from Porto International Airport, take the A28/IC1 or the EN13. To drive to Guimarães, about 30 minutes away, take the A7 and A3. To go to Barcelos, take the A28 and A11, or the A3 and A11. The A3 motorway will also take you to Braga – and, from here, drive to Gerês on the national roads.
If you’re heading to Trás-os-Montes, take the A4 to Amarante and then the IP4 to Bragança. You’ll be in the heart of the region!
To go to Douro, follow the national road 108 to Entre-os-Rios and continue to drive along theDouro River bank until you reach Régua – alternatively, you can take the IP4 connecting the districts of Porto, Vila Real and Bragança, and then continue along national and municipal roads.