Highlights

What to do in Porto

Visit Porto during your cruise vacation

Porto is also called Oporto and the city granted its name to Portugal with his former name Portucale. It is the country's second largest city after Lisbon. Porto is conveniently located along the Douro River which played a very important role throughout history for the export of the port wine, the world-famous regional product.

On the banks of the Douro River you can find several traditional wineries where you can taste port wine. They are located in Vila Nova de Gaia, opposite the old Ribiera district with its beautifully colored and charming townhouses. It was therefore added to the UNESCO World Heritage.

Both river banks are connected by a number of bridges with the Luis I Bridge as the best known. The observant visitor will notice the influences of Gustave Eiffel.

Practical info

Visiting Porto will easily take a half or full day. The historic center is compact and you can explore it on foot. Furthermore, there is a good network of public transport. If you still have some  time you can also pay a short visit to the port town of Leixoes.

Highlights in Porto