Sharing the Iberian Peninsula with Spain, Portugal is a charming gem that beckons cruise travelers with its natural beauty, rich history, and welcoming spirit. By Douro river cruise or by ocean voyage, the captivating allure of Portugal combines the old world with stunning natural beauty at every turn.
Sunny Shores and Golden Beaches
Portugal boasts over 900 kilometers of pristine coastline that ranges from rugged cliffs to sun-kissed, sandy beaches. The Algarve region, in particular, is famous for its golden shores and crystal-clear waters. Portugal's coastline has something to offer everyone. Not to be missed are the picturesque seaside villages, where the fresh aroma of seafood wafts through charming cobblestone streets.
Portugal's diverse history is evident in its beautifully preserved historical sites. Lisbon, the capital, is a city of contrasts. Explore the Moorish architecture of the Alfama district and the grandeur of the Belém Tower, both of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Stroll through the narrow alleys of the historic neighborhoods and soak up the captivating atmosphere of a city that has been at the crossroads of cultures for centuries. In the north, the city of Porto enchants with its historic Ribeira district and iconic Dom Luís I Bridge.
Wine and Culinary Delights
Portugal is famous its wine, most notably from the Douro Valley. A river cruise is an ideal way to sample your way through the green countryside. In Porto, visit one of the many wine cellars to learn about the history, blending, and export of the famous Port fortified wine.
The Portuguese cuisine is equally impressive. Indulge in pastéis de nata (custard tarts), savor freshly grilled sardines, and try the famed Francesinha sandwich in Porto. The gastronomy of Portugal presents a tasty variety of flavors and traditions.
Lush Landscapes and Scenic Beauty
Beyond the cities and coastline, Portugal offers beautiful vistas. The Douro Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is known for its terraced vineyards and meandering river. A river cruise is the perfect way to experience the picturesque valleys in relaxed comfort. The Azores and Madeira archipelagos, with their volcanic landscapes, offer stunning hiking opportunities and unspoiled beauty. The Sintra-Cascais Natural Park is a playground for nature lovers, where lush forests surround historic palaces like the colorful Pena Palace and the Moorish Castle.
Portugal, with its diverse landscapes, rich history, and delectable cuisine, is a destination that delights the senses. From the charming streets of Lisbon to the tranquil vineyards of the Douro Valley, Portugal offers an enchanting journey for travelers seeking to explore and relax. Whether traveling by ocean cruise, river cruise, or combining a voyage with a pre- or post-stay, Portugal will captivate and inspire you.