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Portugal Cruises

Portugal might not have a vast territory, but good things often come in small packages. 

There’s seemingly endless history here, like the stone carvings of Vila Nova de Foz Côa, one of four UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the country and estimated to be more than 20,000 years old. And that’s far from all – there are also gorgeous mediaeval town centres, castles and palaces aplenty to feast your eyes on.

As for nature, your cruise to Portugal offers an abundance of woods and forests to explore as well as the beaches, seaside resorts and activities you’d typically associate with a Portuguese holiday.

Top 5 interesting facts

  • Portuguese is the official language of nine countries.
  • Portugal is the oldest country in Europe, dating back to 1139 AD.
  • The oldest book in the world is in Portugal.
  • The longest bridge in the world is in Portugal.
  • Portugal was the first colonial power in Europe to abolish slavery.
 

Portugal Cruise holiday Highlights

Lisbon

A cruise is a brilliant way to get under the skin of the country in a way that you might not have seen before. There are 500 miles of coastline just waiting for you to explore, some with gorgeous seaside towns and jaw-dropping views over the cliff tops.

Lisbon is the capital of Portugal and home to our biggest cruise port. You’ll sail up the Tagus River to the Belem Tower, first built back in 1520 to protect the city and its sacred statues. From here, you can hop onto one of three terminals and grab a tram, bus or metro into the cultural centre of town.

Beautiful ports

Porto, where they make port wine, is a beautiful stop to make on a cruise to Portugal. Explore the caves and sample a few glasses before lazing on the beach, easily accessible by tram. The Douro riverbanks are impressive, with colourful houses jauntily built on the slopes, creating a beautiful photo opportunity.

Both Praia da Rocha and Portimão ports are in the Algarve, and home to some of the most beautiful beaches Portugal can boast, and a golf resort too.

 

Portuguese food

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Portuguese cuisine isn’t ‘just like Spanish food’ – it has its own unique and distinct flavour. 

It’s typically clean, fresh and bright, with simple yet delicious flavours that really let the quality of the ingredients shine through. Smoked meats and fish, cataplana (seafood stew) and fresh bread form the basis – and don’t forget to try the local cheese alongside an olive or two.

As you wander the streets here you may see the locals grilling up sardines on homemade barbecues. These are the freshest sardines you’ll find, usually straight from the morning’s catch.

And for dessert, you have to try the little pastel de natas at some point on your visit. The world-famous egg custard tart is made from filo pastry and best served warm, fresh out of the oven and sprinkled with cinnamon and powdered sugar. You’ll struggle to stop at just one!

 

Ports you can visit on your Portuguese cruise

 

Cruises visiting Portugal

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