Mediterranean Cruise Advice

Cruises to Portugal

Visit the cities of Lisbon or Oporto

Cruises to Portugal visit two historical cities both based around famous rivers.

Cruise lines visiting Portugal include Celebrity, P&ODisneySaga, and Fred Olsen.

The main ports for a Ocean Cruise to Portugal include:

Lisbon

Cruises to Lisbon arrive by sailing under the impressive 1966 Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge. If it is your first time to Lisbon it is worth getting up for the sail in. Yes, you can see it on the way out but the morning light over the city is well worth the effort.

Cruises to Portugal - Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge

Cruises to Lisbon arrive by sailing under the impressive 1966 Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge

Lisbon is best experienced on foot but this will involve a lot of walking including some steep hills. If you want to get a good feel for the city on a first visit or maybe not up to the walking then the hop on hop off bus tours or trams are a great way to get around.

Some of the key sights to see are the Cathedral and Castelo Sao Jorge, although both are an uphill walk. the Torre de Belem, and the Padrao dos Descobrimentos, one of the iconic sights of Lisbon that looks so much more impressive close up than it does from the river.

Torre de Belem

Torre de Belem

 

Padrao dos Descobrimentos

Padrao dos Descobrimentos

 

Oporto (Porto)

Cruises to Oporto (Porto) your cruise ship will dock in Leixoes Port which is located about 10 kilometers away from Porto city centre.

Porto is a very hilly city and getting around will involve negotiating many steep inclines. Some of the key sights include the churches of Igreja dos Carmelitas and Igreja do Carmo, Oporto Cathedral, the UNESCO World Heritage area of Ribeira and maybe the Livraria Lello bookshop which attracts visitors as it was the inspiration for Harry Potter’s library in Hogwarts.

Cruises to Portugal - Igreja do Carmo and Igreja dos Carmelitas

Igreja do Carmo and Igreja dos Carmelitas

 

Cruises to Portugal - Livraria Lello bookshop

Livraria Lello bookshop

 

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