When you mention the idea of a vacation in Spain or Portugal, the first thing you think of often is the beach. Between them, Spain and Portugal boast large swathes of beach, with the former offering the warm Mediterranean sea and the latter the great surf of the Atlantic, as an accompaniment.
The two countries also boast some amazing port cities. Holidaying in them combines the ocean view of the beach with the super fun of the city, which is definitely an enticing formula. What’s more, you can also sail from one city to the next when planning a trip around the following list of 5 Port Cities on the Iberian Peninsula.
Barcelona are trembling with certainty and strength. This gorgeous city is a loving and proud cultural paradise that only demands the attention of visitors. Time is best spent here exploring the maze of streets in the Barri Gotic area, making it easy on Barcelonaoneta Beach, and discovering Gaudi’s various architectural works.
The quaint but contemporary of Lisbon is becoming popular with holidayists. This port city lives and breathes in the Atlantic Ocean, which washes its shores and defines most of daily life. Explore the long -forgotten Botanic Gardens, search for monuments in the Belem neighborhood, then let your hair down in the atmospheric Barrio Alto before returning for the night to one of the rented apartments Lisbon offers guests.
Portugal’s second largest city is associated with the same meaning of the word ‘port’. Not only is it a lively and vibrant port city, it is also home to the most expensive alcoholic beverage, harbor, which is a variety of fortified wines. The Port is exported from Porto to destinations around the world; England and France top the list of importers.
The small and homeless Santander in the North of Spain proves to be a great antidote to the metropolitan cities of Barcelona, Lisbon and Porto. Life here is all but dictated by the many great beaches in and around the harbor: book a stay in this kind of remarkable 19th-century apartment tailored by Santander, and spend some fun days moving from one beach to another.
The island city of Cadiz is a gateway to the south of Spain. It’s also a gateway to miles and miles of beach idylls, which means, if you’re in Cadiz while sailing around the ports of the Iberian Peninsula, it’s worth traveling around the coastline.