If you go to Porto on a cruise, your cruise ship will dock in Leixoes Port which is located in the Matosinhos district, about 10 kilometers away from Porto city center.
In Leixoes Port there are two possible places for cruise ships to dock. It will depend on the size of your ship and the cruise traffic of the day. Most probably you will dock at the main cruise terminal at dock nr. 1 at the Avenida Dr. Antunes Guimaraes.
The alternative place for docking is a little more to the south, near Matosinhos Beach, close to the Avenida General Norton de Matos.
Both docking places are ok and are not so different in next steps to get to Porto city center.
During a cruise vacation to Portugal, Porto is a popular destination. Cruise ships dock in Leixoes about 10 kilometers from the city center. Porto is world famous for it's port wine and UNESCO World Heritage site Ribiera. It's a popular cruise destination along the Atlantic Ocean.
The Passenger Terminal of Leixões is located on Dock 1 North. There's also an new cruise terminal near Matosinhos Beach.
Inside Leixoes passenger cruises terminals you can find:
ATM cash machine/bank
Tourist Information Desk/maps
Language in Leixoes
The language in Leixoes is Portuguese, but on touristic spots you can also use English or Spanish.
Currency in Leixoes
The currency in Leixoes is Euro (€). You can find ATM’s along the city.
Opening times in Leixoes
Opening times differ a lot around Portugal, but generally are as follows:
Monday to Saturday
from 9.00h - 13.00h
and 15.00h - 19.00h
On Sundays and holidays shops are closed. Of course there are exceptions
Located in the historical centre of Porto. It was completed in 1737 (Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque style).
Ribiera Old district
Located along the Douro river. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With lots of charming houses, cafes and restaurants
Luís I Bridge
A 172 m long bridge between the cities of Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia. There is a the Metro do Porto (Line D) and a pedestrian walkway on a top deck of the bridge
The most famous port wines are: Graham's, Taylor's, Sandeman and Dow's.
From the cruise port of Leixoes it's easy to reach the city center of this nice port town in the heart of the Matosinhos district on foot. Close to the port area you can also find several transportation options by public transport to the center of Porto.
The most popular cruise excursion from Leixoes is defenitely Porto. Count on at least a half to full day. You can go there by taxi but there are good transportation options by metro or public bus. On the way back you can shortly visit the port town of Leixoes itself.
Leixoes has a warm Mediterranean climate with dry summers and humid winters. The average annual temperature in Leixoes in summer is between 25°C and 30°C and in winter is between 6°C and 12°C.
Excursions in Porto
Excursions in Leixoes (Porto)
The Leixoes tourist office is located on walking distance from the cruiseterminal at Masohintos Beach. They provide you with info for Leixoes and Porto.
The following cruise lines offer itineraries and schedules to and from Leixoes: