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Like its name suggests, you can expect in Costa verde all shades of green in rolling hills, mountains and fertile valleys, where agriculture thrives due to heavy rainfall that makes this the greenest zone in Portugal. A coastline of unpolluted beaches welcomes the Atlantic Ocean, while visitors also enjoy the countryside, with its small farms, estates with splendid mansions that have been handed down within families for centuries, vineyards and forests of pines or oaks.

The food is considered to be one of the country's best: from the most varied forms of cooking cod to apparently odd dishes, like tripas à moda do Porto (stewed tripes with beans) or rojões (where cumin is used to spice pork cooked in wine and garlic), not to speak of the wines and desserts.

The main cities are Braga (with its barroque churches, parks and the extraordinary flight of stairs of Bom Jesus), Guimarães (celebrated, with its ancient castle, as the birthplace of the nation), Viana do Castelo (with opulent mansions built in the Renaissance and Baroque styles and breathtaking views), and, of course, Oporto, with its 19th century architectural atmosphere and the pride of giving name to the Port Wine.

Still in this area, don't miss the Peneda-Gerês National Park, with its wild, dramatic scenery and a rich variety of flora and fauna.

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Amarante, Arcos de Valdevez, Barcelos, Braga, Braga Centre, Caminha, Esposende, Fafe, Guimarães, Guimarães: Centre, Matosinhos, Melgaço, Melgaço: centre, Monção, Penafiel, Ponte da Barca, Ponte de Lima, Porto, Porto Centre, Porto East, Porto West, Porto: Downtown, Póvoa de Varzim, Valença, Viana do Castelo, Viana do Castelo Centre, Vila do Conde, Vila Nova de Famalicão, Vila Nova de Famalicão (centre), Vila Nova de Gaia, Vizela

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