Prior to receiving an invitation from Viking River Cruises to participate in the #VikingSocial cruise on the Douro River, I knew very little about Portugal. I was aware  that Port wine was made in Portugal, and that cork trees grew there. Anything else I might have learned was surely forgotten as soon as I put down the pencil after taking whatever high school or college test I had bothered to study for in the first place.

This trip afforded me the opportunity to learn of Portugal’s history, witness her beauty, experience her culture, and taste her wine. As a result, Portugal is now in the upper echelon of countries I would love to visit again and again.

Of the 1,121 photographs I snapped along the journey, here are a few that summarize my first impressions of Portugal.

Belem Tower

Belem Tower in Lisbon, Portugal


Lisbon Skyline, the National Tile Museum, inside the Jerónimos Monastery, and Rua Augusta

City of Porto

City of Porto on the Douro River

Dom Luís I Bridge

Dom Luís I Bridge, Porto, Portugal

Mateus Palace

Mateus Palace, Vila Real, Portugal

making bread

Making bread in Favios, Portugal. If your computer or smartphone has a scratch-n-sniff app, turn it on now!

Sanctuary of Our Lady

Sanctuary of Our Lady in Lamego, Portugal

Port Barrels

Port Barrels at the Quinta de Avessada Winery in Favious, Portugal


Old port barrels and stone house in the Quinta de Avessa vineyards

Old Church

Old Church at Castelo Rodrigo

University of Caimbra

University of Caimbra

Douro River Sunset

Sunset over the Douro Valley

Which countries would you love to visit again?

Here are some more detailed posts from our adventures in Portugal:

Lisbon’s National Tile Museum

Photos from a Layover in Lisbon

Photographing #DoorPorn in Castelo Rodrigo, Portugal

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