Portugal’s second largest city, Porto is known for its day cruises up and down the Douro river. But for those wanting to experience the Douro river in its plenitude a cruise up the Douro Valley is the way to go. Cruises can take from two days up to two weeks depending on the experience you are looking for.
Canada.com news website features Porto river cruise lines in an article highlighting why the city is becoming more and more popular for tourists from all over the world. Such popularity is also bringing the interest of international cruise lines, with some already established in Porto and new ones planning to do come next year, as the article refers:
“There are historic churches and museums, of course, and beautifully tiled walkways but I was there to learn more about the Douro and find out why it has become so fast-growing and popular for river cruises. Viking, AMA Waterways, Uniworld and CroisiEurope are here and next year Scenic Cruises will bring its new ship to the Douro, the Scenic Azure, with its all-inclusiveness.”
Douro region is a UNESCO heritage site, with its old vineyards and wineries where the sweet Douro wine is produced.
But travelling across this river is much more than seeing grape vines:
“This cruise leisurely winds through the Douro Valley below spectacular socalcos, stone-walled, terraced vineyards carved into the steep slopes where they’ve been making wine and port for 2,000 years.”
Porto offers its visitors magnificent places like palaces, museums, churches and other historical places in narrow streets up and down the hills.
The city is also famous for its charming streets with plenty of stores and great food. No visit to Porto is complete without a Port Wine tasting in Gaia, across the river, where the most famous brands offer guided tours to the wineries. Viewing Porto from Gaia is an experience everyone visiting should have.
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