Portugal Cruise Holidays
Portugal Cruise Holiday Highlights
Offering fabulous food, incredible architecture and culture galore, Portugal is sure to bring out your inner explorer.
Portugal’s capital is one of the oldest cities in the world, sprawled over seven steep hills. Lisbon was decimated by an earthquake, tsunami and week-long firestorm in 1775 and rebuilt in Pombaline style, with some of the first seismically protected buildings in Europe. The heart of the city, Baixa, was recreated and this vibrant area is home to grand plazas, avenues and shopping boulevards as well as a huge variety of eateries – the perfect place to embrace the café culture of Portugal. Discover Alfama, the oldest district in the city, between the São Jorge Castle and the Tejo River.
The Portuguese island of Madeira is known as the Garden Island, and its capital, Funchal, takes its name from the verdant fennel that still thrives on its steep slopes. But these precipitous hills offer more than just vegetation: adrenaline-seekers can get their thrills with a 10-minute toboggan ride down some of the city’s steepest streets.
While in Porto, escape to the Jardins do Palácio de Cristal, the gorgeously peaceful botanical gardens set on high with stunning views of the city and the river beyond. Head for the narrow streets of the medieval riverside quarter of Ribeira with its colourful, crowded houses and streets lined with fashionable bars and restaurants. You’ll find a wide selection of local dishes, including fresh seafood, and great views across the Douro towards Vila Nova de Gaia, which is home to more than 50 port labels