River Cruise Destinations: Porto
Porto, with its proximity to the Atlantic coast, was repeatedly the focus of would be occupiers over the centuries. Today, we offer a wide selection of Porto river cruise itineraries, allowing guests to fully explore one of Europe’s most charismatic destinations. Cobblestone streets lined with boutiques, cafés and wine bars make for a dreamy afternoon spent window-shopping. The city was also home to innovation in shipbuilding during the 14th and 15th centuries, which in turn gave birth to Portugal’s magical Age of Discovery. While touring the nearby village of Afurada where the Douro empties into the Atlantic, we invite you to join us at the docks to meet the local fishermen returning to port with their catch. You can observe the preparation of the fresh fish, before enjoying it with a glass of crisp chilled wine.
Porto also has enormous historical significance for Portugal. Here you can stroll the same streets as Portugal’s first King, Alfonso I. Greater Porto is an area that has been settled for thousands of years and in 2012 was named joint European capital of culture with Maribor, Slovenia. There are a myriad of treasures to unearth as you take your time in exploring the ancient city’s charming lanes during your Porto river cruise.