10 Top-Rated Cottages in Northern Portugal

April 28, 2023 Osvaldo Hartline

Brimming with both history and natural wonder, Northern Portugal is home to Porto, the city that gave the country its name, as well as the important ancient town of Braga. Also here is Peneda-Gerês, Portugal’s only national park, a gorgeous wilderness area of mountains, gorges, water features and wildlife. Many picturesque villages and manor houses dot the countryside. Two areas are UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Alto Douro Wine Region, and the Paleolithic rock art in the Côa Valley.
Restaurants in Northern Portugal

1. My Ribeira Guest House

Rua Clube Fluvial Portuense 8, Porto 4050-206 Portugal
Excellent
55%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 128 reviews

My Ribeira Guest House

Located in Ribeira, Porto (UNESCO World Heritage Site) in an 1834 building that went through a careful rehabilitation process, My Ribeira GuestHouse has 8 bedrooms and 1 apartment smartly decorated with unic details. My Ribeira GuestHouse offers a new style in accommodation with daily cleaned facilities, breakfast and all the comfort a traveller needs. The attendance by the owners, with their personal experience in the Invicta city offer a truly single and genuine experience every day. The guest is the main character. In the heart of the city, My Ribeira encourages you to unveil the secrets of Porto, fall in love with its history, discover its neighborhoods, explore narrow paths and steps, get to meet the people, know bars and restaurants that don’t show up in tourist guides, taste their wines and delicacies. You just have to step outside the door to be embraced by the river and feel the rattle of the most emblematic part of the city with the advantage of being a stroll away from the main touristic references. This is the perfect place to enjoy the charm and charisma of Porto, where everything, including the beach, is near.

Wonderful!

Reviewed By Bethany1014

This was the second time I stayed here and it’s still wonderful! Perfect location near the bridge and directly accessible to all old city locations by walking. Many Americans would say it’s a small space but I’d give traveled in Europe it is quite spacious. The front desk is extremely helpful. Be prepared for stairs - as Americans we tend to pack big. This really is the best place in Porto!

2. Casa da Portela de Sampriz

Sampriz s/n, Ponte da Barca 4980-722 Portugal
Excellent
96%
Good
4%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 25 reviews

Casa da Portela de Sampriz

Sublime and memorable

Reviewed By 651prof

The Casa da Portela de Sampriz was more than we could hope for. Situated just outside of Penedes- Geres National Park, we were surround by amazing natural beauty. The Casa da Portela looked out upon incredible views. The manor is beautiful, authentic, decorated with pieces that have served generations. The rooms honor the past while creating a sense of serenity and calm with modern comforts. The hostess provided us with wonderful recommendations and great maps for hiking. Our walks were filled with great appreciation of the beauty of the area. As I am nervous on small roads at night, we would enjoy an evening snack (our own) with one of the wines they provided. There is a wonderful gathering room where one can play games (we did), chat, or watch TV. One evening we were able to arrange dinner on site. The kindness of the owner and the attention by the staff given to every detail make this memorable. Had we known how amazing this would be we would have booked 4 nights instead of three. We were so very sad to leave and cannot imagine anything living up to this experience.

3. Residencial Portas do Sol

Rua Conselheiro Lopes Silva 51, Valenca 4930-714 Portugal
Excellent
64%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 47 reviews

Residencial Portas do Sol

Great Hotel

Reviewed By frogcarguy

Located in the heart of the old town this hotel was clean, quiet and comfortable. Everything you need is steps away. There is no lift, but if you’re walking the Camino, that should be no problem. Great value.

4. Casas do Ermo

Rua do Ermo, 335, Fafe 4820 Portugal
Excellent
83%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 23 reviews

Casas do Ermo

A beautiful and peaceful place

Reviewed By Chartwell23_13

We stayed at House Mint for a week in the middle of July. This beautiful holiday home is located outside a small village near Fafe. The farm buildings and house have been converted into 5 holiday homes of various sizes. House Mint is a double height apartment with the living room, kitchen and bathroom on the ground floor and a mezzanine bedroom. The apartment has been constructed from high quality materials and is beautifully equipped including towelling robes, toiletries and pool towels. The swimming pool is just across the grass and comes with very comfortable waterproof bean bags, great for total relaxation. The porch outside the apartment is in the shade from midday, ideal for those who want a break from the sun. We were surprised to find that the apartment had maid service. Daniela, who welcomed us to the property, came in daily to make the bed and clean the apartment. She was so friendly and we loved the days when she left slices of cake and glasses of port for us, such a nice touch. The whole complex is beautifully maintained with a fountain and pond in the courtyard creating a lovely ambiance when you walk through from the shaded parking area. There are views over the surrounding countryside and the local town of Fafe is well supplied with good supermarkets for easy shopping. We had a great day out including a river trip in Porto , about an hour away by car and we also enjoyed visiting Guimarães with its stunning castle. This was one of the best holiday apartments we have ever rented and we loved it.

5. Beach House Babylon

Urbanizacao Clube Fim de Semana da Ria 49 Muranzel, Torreira 3870-301 Portugal
Excellent
92%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 12 reviews

Beach House Babylon

Beach House Babylon is a Guest House located between the Ocean and Aveiro Lagoon, next to a natural reserve. Surrounded by great food , wildlife , nature, peace and quiet. House has 3 large double rooms, 2 bathrooms (1 shared, 1 en suite), shared garden, kitchen, living room and dining area. Above ground pool and outdoor kitchen. Rooms can be rented individually or whole property. It is a secluded area so it is advisable to have a car or bike. Cabs are available. Free parking and WiFi. Pet friendly. 73856/AL

Not for a winter stay!

Reviewed By ChristinaIVV

It is a charming place and must be nice during the summer season, however it is not a winter stay. The house is old without heat. EVEN THOUGH the owner states on more than one online that there is heat. The heat is two propane gas portables that we were told had to last 2 weeks - though the climate turned on us and we were sleeping in 40 degree temperatures during the night. We could see the vapor of our breath. Needless to say the tanks only lasted 1 week even though we only had it on for about 2 hours in the mornings and about the same in the evening when we got home (I had booked and paid for one month with the possibility of extending to two months). It was too dangerous to have them on during the night. Once they ran out we were told to go to the gas station ourselves and that we would have to pay for any ensuing tanks! I had paid 1,100 for off season which for a small beach town in Portugal was more than a rented apartment with central heat (to which I then transferred). We found another place and in the meanwhile the owner did not even offer to return the money for the weeks unused. He did pay for the first change of tanks I think because he felt guilty. In the summer it must be completely different. There is no need for temperature control and he has a beautiful friendly dog and the shared space is very sweet. You might need a car to go to the beach. A bike would do it. There is always taxi. Cleaning service is available and the owner tried to do other things to be helpful.

6. Agroturismo Quinta De Travancela

Rua de Felgueiras 15, Amarante 4605-125 Portugal
Excellent
67%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 3 reviews

Agroturismo Quinta De Travancela

Very nice place

Reviewed By davidzzzzzzzzz

You can go there if you are looking for a quiet stay. Host are lovely and rooms are nice. There is a parking for cars and a swimming pool. You can cook inside your cottage. Air conditioned works fine. If you want to have breakfast with other members you can join in a common room with several facilities.

7. Moleiro de Bacal

Rua Abade de Bacal 11 Bacal, Braganca 5300-432 Portugal
Excellent
86%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 14 reviews

Moleiro de Bacal

Great Find

Reviewed By happyhun

The family who run this pace are as good as it gets, nothing is to much trouble for them, we stopped for the night en route from Porto to Santander and although the only ones there the lady offered to cook us dinner, she was happy to get up early to give us breakfast and after we went out to take a look at the medieval castle close by we returned to a beautiful warm room as she had nipped in and put the heating on, the only downside is that there are no tea/coffee making facility in the room and there are no TV's, although that does not bother us I know a lot of people like one and to be honest I sometimes use a usb pensitick to watch a movie.

8. Casas D'Aldeia

Largo do Eiro, no38 Contenças de Baixo, Mangualde 3530-344 Portugal
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 4 reviews

Casas D'Aldeia

Calmo, relaxante, acolhedor

Reviewed By hagouveia

Fomos bem recebidos pela proprietária. Pessoa simpatia e sempre disponível. Casa com todas as comodidades necessárias à uma estadia agradável. Situada numa aldeia típica, onde o ar dá serra de manhã nos faz sentir bem.

9. Casa dos Santos Alojamento

Seara - Rua 9 no 182, Rio Caldo 4845-028 Portugal
Excellent
86%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 7 reviews

Casa dos Santos Alojamento

10. Casa da Bela Vista

Cabo da Rua No. 7, Casal de Loivos 5085-010 Portugal
Excellent
78%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
11%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 9 reviews

Casa da Bela Vista

A great little find

Reviewed By H00chie_Mama

A beautifully furnished, self contained apartment (no. 2). Luiz is a wonderfully warm and inviting host. I felt like I was staying with my parents (and they weren't there :D) The apartment is so close to the beach and the tram. Supermarkets and cafés/restaurants are nearby. The only negatives, were the Wi-Fi was a little weak at times, and we ran out of hot water quickly. If you need help, he may not always be in the office, but he responds to emails promptly. Overall, we really enjoyed our time in Porto and I would highly recommend Luiz' apartments.

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