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Tales from our Highly Commended Cruise Consultant of the Year 2017 Zoltan Biczo

Go traditional….in Porto

Clare and I had a rare opportunity to take part of the christening ceremony of Ms Miguel Torga the newest premium CroisiEurope ship on the Duoro in late March. We were so lucky to share the excitement with the Schmitter Family the owner of the river cruise company.Their nautical heritage is second to none that really makes the river cruise line look different to many others on the European waterways and beyond..
Having seen and sailed on many rivers in Europe I was taken completely by surprise at how beautiful this winding river is with so rich, colourful vegetation and sleepy towns & villages.
An extension in Porto is rather recommended before boarding the ship as it helps to enhance your discovery and enjoyment of an authentic experience.
My passion for travel has developed into a love of meeting local people in their own environment, learning about their cultures and languages. Keeping this in mind, I went out to discover small deserted alleys and paths behind main roads, meet locals, and eat the local specialties. From Afurada fishing village across Porto I was still able to see skilled fishermen go for the catch of the day at the mouth of the river Douro where all kinds of fish, sea bass, eel, cod can be caught by using nets, fishing cods, traps, or other equipment. A tough career for them, fascinating scenery for us and what a taste!
If like me experiencing local flavours are a must, then I suggest you pick a restaurant packed with locals, go for a grilled fresh fish, and accompany it with chilled Porto wine. It’s absolutely superb!


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