Off The Ship in… Porto, Portugal | Craig Travel

Off The Ship in… Porto, Portugal

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If you are an adventurous eater and always seek new flavours, Porto may be the perfect destination for you. Portugal’s second largest city is home to an impressive variety of petiscarias, the Portuguese equivalent of tapas bars, port cellars, quaint bakeries and food markets where you can treat your palate! Seafood and fish will delight your taste buds, but what you really should try is the tripes. Porto has become a real ambassador of this meat that is not often enjoyed in North America. Tripes with beans, vegetables, sausages and spices make a delicious Tripas a Moda do Porto dish that will mark all your senses! It’s not a coincidence, Porto’s residents are known as Tripeiros, or tripe-eaters… Those whom don’t fancy tripe may find Francesinha more appealing. This sandwich made of sausage, melted cheese, tomato and beer sauce is the city’s most famous dish. Don’t forget Portugal is also home to the world famous Pastel de nata, or custard tart. Even though the pastry originates in Lisbon, Porto’s bakers bake these sweet treats to perfection. You ought to try at least one glass of Port wine on your visit to Porto. The city actually gave its name to this fine beverage as this is where the wine ages. Porto is also where the wine is shipped from to the rest of the world. Visiting a port cellar should be mandatory on your trip to Porto, allowing you to get a first-hand insight into the history of the wine, the wine making process and sampling it, of course!

If you think that you’re not a foodie and you won’t enjoy the city… That’s not true at all! The city has incredible history, architecture, culture and is the best gateway to the Douro River. Speaking of which, Porto’s name, which translates to Port, as you may have guessed, comes from its role as an important industrial hub at the mouth of the Douro River, or the River of Gold. The river’s name could not be more fitting as it is one of Portugal’s most breathtaking natural jewels. As the sun sets over the terraced vineyards, the river takes in the glowing sun’s last rays turning the water into liquid gold. Words don’t do it justice. You have to experience it with your own eyes.
Back to Porto, the city of bridges! If there is a river, there is almost always a bridge, or two, or three, or six! Porto is known for its six magnificent bridges and is the only European city to count this many of them. The most impressive is the Dom Luis I Bridge, built in 1881. It is rare to see an arched bridge featuring a double deck! This bridge is not to be mistaken with its neighbouring D. Maria Pia bridge, with a single deck that was designed by the French civil engineer Gustave Eiffel.

Porto is home to diverse riches. One of the unique beauties you should see is the magnificent São Bento Railway Station located in the heart of the historical centre. The train station is a lot more than just a transportation hub. It is home to 20,000 sublime and elaborate tiles depicting Portugal’s historic battles as well as the history of transport. This is truly an impressive work of art, unique to Porto. 

Over the last few years, Porto has been designated Europe’s Best Destination twice. You will understand why as you wander its delightful cobble-stoned streets. 
Are you ready to explore the urban gem of Porto? Combine your city exploration with a relaxing cruise along the Douro River onboard AmaWaterways luxurious cruise ships. Learn all about Port Wine and Flamenco (2022 details coming soon) and take in the sights of the Enticing Douro River

Our Cruise Specialists will be happy to help you reserve your favourite cruise starting in Porto! Contact them today at 1.800.387.8890.