Start planning your cruise and book your excursions to Leixoes
Leixoes, near the estuary of the River Douro, is a prominent Portuguese port town. This MSC Northern Europe & cruises from UK 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:
• 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.