Leixoes Cruises



Douro Valley Wines and Amarante Village 

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Leixoes, near the estuary of the River Douro, is a prominent Portuguese port town. This MSC Northern Europe Cruises destination is an exciting maritime location, a short distance from the colourful city of Porto.

MSC Cruises excursions offer plenty of exciting things to see including: 
• Porto
• Guimarães
• Douro Valley Wines and Amarante Village 
Porto, the second-largest city in Portugal, makes for a fabulous MSC Cruises excursion. Stroll around the labyrinth of streets and soak up the city’s lively atmosphere. Admire the Clérigos Tower, the tallest in Portugal, and Lello Bookshop’s Art-Nouveau façade. Then, stop by the famous São Bento Railway Station, with its magnificent floor-to-ceiling tiled hall. Afterwards, discover the wonderfully diverse district of Ribeira, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s the perfect setting for photographs so don’t forget to bring your camera!
History enthusiasts will love an MSC Cruises excursion to Guimarães, the ancient medieval capital of Portugal. Located in the north of the country, this unique town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and boasts a wealth of incredible architecture. Wander its narrow streets before taking a break in the main square where you’ll admire the 13th-century Church of São Miguel do Castelo. Discover the Palace of the Dukes of Braganza, and the museum and art gallery which houses a fantastic collection of portraits and furniture. 
Take an MSC Cruises excursion to the Douro Valley, a region dotted with wonderful wine-producing estates. Visit the picturesque town of Amarante where you’ll see the São Gonçalo Church and a majestic 12th-century stone bridge. Next, visit a local winery in neighbouring Peso da Régua, where you’ll learn about port production. Discover a distinct range of regional wines before indulging in a tasting session.

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    Golden beaches and coloured azulejos
    Golden beaches and coloured azulejos

    Once a powerful seafaring kingdom that dominated the merchant routes to Africa, South America and the Orient, Portugal today is a friendly, low-key place with a laidback vibe and a fantastic coastline, much of it fringed by golden sands and endless dunes.

    Many of these beaches extend as far as the eye can see, and are rarely busy even in high summer, but as they face the full power of the Atlantic, they can be dangerous for swimming. 

    Its rolling interior is perfect for exploring on foot, by kayak, by bike or even on horseback – though a large part of the country’s charm comes from languorous days on the beach, dining on fabulously fresh seafood and kicking back with a beer to watch the sunset over the Atlantic. 

    During a holiday to Portugal legacy of its former wealth and power can be seen in its historic cities; Lisbon, superbly sited on the Tejo river estuary, is popular today for its grand Manueline monuments and medieval alleyways. 

    A cruise to Portugal is also a good chance to visit Funchal, the capital of the Portuguese island of Madeira in the Atlantic Ocean.