Vega de Terran (Salamanca), Spain Cruise Port
While cruising through either the Douro River or the Agueda Rivers, you may come across the port of Vega de Terron, Spain. Often a gateway to the city of Salamanca (which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site), this small town has charm to spare and has been around since at least the 13th century. As it's very close to Portugal, you can experience the best of both countries, especially food and wine; in fact, the official language here is Portuguese. The Douro River area and town of Porto in Portugal are also home to plenty of lush vineyards, making this a perfect getaway for wine aficionados. Attractions between Vega de Terron and Salamanca include the Arribes del Duero National Park, a protected area with an amazing biodiversity of plant and animal life. Here are some of our favorite experiences when visiting the cruise port of Vega de Terron, Spain:
Within town near the main market square you'll find the Chafariz dos Pretos fountain. You'll have to traverse some steep, narrow steps to reach it, but once you do, you'll be rewarded with a fascinating piece uniquely decorated with the faces of four children.
Close to Vega de Terron is the lovely Portuguese hilltop village of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo where St. Francis of Assisi may have spent a night. Still surrounded by walls built in the 16th century as defense, this has been a historical stopping point for pilgrims traveling to the holy site known as Santiago de Compostela (where the apostle James is said to be buried).
Take a tour through the Douro River Valley. It’s located between the cities of Barqueiros and Mazouco in northeast Portugal near the border of Spain and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001.
If you continue on to Salamanca, prepare to be entertained from the moment you arrive. Along with tours of the historic buildings, you may be treated to a flamenco show as you dine on authentic Spanish cuisine.