Exploring Portugal’s Highlights
From immersing yourself in the rich maritime history of Lisbon and exploring Oporto’s historic heart to savouring the seaside charm of picturesque Portimão, you’ll have chances to tick-off authentic experiences every step of the way on this all-encompassing exploration of Portugal on board Black Watch.
After a relaxing glide south from Dover, where better to begin four unforgettable days in Portugal than Lisbon, the pretty capital. The impressive Ponte 25 de Abril Bridge will be a sight to behold from your ship’s decks as you glide into port here; while ashore, a wealth of attractions await you, including a collection of enthralling museums and architectural wonders – such as the Jerónimos Monastery, Tower de Belem, Padrão dos Descobrimentos – which showcase Lisbon’s extensive maritime heritage. [ReadMore] Explore on foot, via the tram or even in a Tuk Tuk during your overnight stay; whatever you choose to do, be sure to sample famous Pasteis de Belém pastries and catch a performance of traditional Fado music too. Further afield, you also have time to take a tour to the medieval town of Obidos, or visit UNESCO-listed Sintra.
Continuing south, it’s on to Portimão, perched on the glorious, sun-kissed Atlantic coast of the Algarve. This charming, carefree town is perfect for a leisurely stroll, especially at Praia da Rocha – the beautiful waterfront area. Praia da Rocha is where you’ll find bustling Tomas Cabreira Avenue, a lively promenade packed with bars and restaurants serving locally sourced seafood, as well as stunning stretches of inviting golden sands. The town centre, with its traditional 19th and 20th century architecture, is a delight to explore too. Finally, a call at Leixoes presents you with an opportunity to continue your city exploration with a tour to nearby Oporto. Portugal’s UNESCO-listed second city is renowned for its historic centre, the Ribeira District. Wander the narrow, meandering lanes and you’ll uncover plenty of architectural gems and world-famous port wine cellars. During your time in Oporto, don’t miss the chance to take a tranquil cruise on the Douro River aboard a traditional Rabelo boat.