Costa Verde (English: Green Coast) is a touristic and coastal region of northwest Portugal.
The name of the region comes from the dominant colour of the dense vegetation of the land, the green (Verde in Portuguese), supported by abundant precipitation. Climate is classified as Mediterranean climate (Köppen climate classification Csb). As a result, its climate shares many characteristics with coastal southwestern Portugal: warm, dry summers and mild rainy winters.
In the coast, along with Porto there are cities and towns with a strong tradition on beach tourism, and in fisheries, most notably Espinho and Póvoa de Varzim, both cities have popular casinos, hotels and golf courses. Others relevant coastal towns, with less urban development, include Esposende, Viana do Castelo, Vila do Conde, and Caminha. Several beaches in these municipalities are worth of note, such as Moledo, Apúlia, Fão and Vila Praia de Âncora. Porto area includes Matosinhos, Maia, and Vila Nova de Gaia which are relevant urban destinations.
The District of Porto (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈpoɾtu], Portuguese: Distrito do Porto), sometimes Oporto in English, is located on the north-west coast of Portugal. The district capital is the city of Porto, the second largest city in the country. It is bordered by the Aveiro and Viseu districts to the south, Braga district to the north and Vila Real district to the east. Its area is 2395 km² and its population is 1,781,826.