One of the liveliest European voyages, Porto river cruises immerse you in a colorful city and culture. Perhaps most famous for its fortified wine -- similarly named Port -- Porto features an incredible wine and food scene. You'll also find a love for football, or soccer, among FC Porto fans. Or, explore Porto's unique Old Town, a semblance of what the city originally looked like when it was settled in the 12th century.
Visit Porto's most popular attractions when cruising
One of Porto's greatest attractions is found right in Old Town, giving you the chance to explore the city's history. Old Town's Ribeira neighborhood is a picturesque part of the city with cobblestone streets, and the most authentic food. Across the city of 200 thousand, you'll find an astonishing 11 Michelin-starred restaurants too.
Another of the attractions popular with guests on Portugal river cruises is the Lello Bookstore (Livraria Lello), which some think to be the inspiration for Harry Potter's Flourish & Blotts bookstore. With a Neo-Manueline architectural style and a cozy interior that winds about in unique fashion, this bookstore is an essential stop for readers and architecture lovers.
Preparing for a Porto river cruise
When on a Porto River cruise, you'll find a sprawling hillside city, surrounded by beautiful nature. Porto is located along the Douro River, which solely runs through Portugal, visiting Lisbon and a number of small towns along its course.