The Europeans were, for centuries, the first to be drawn to exploring the world’s oceans. Since then many countries and cultures have enjoyed prosperous economies through ports built with the effort of the first sailors. Today, the curious traveler can not resist the temptation to explore the history, industry and development of the fascinating port cities of Europe.
Start your trip in Rotterdam, the largest port in Europe, located west of the Netherlands. Visit during the World Port Days to enjoy a festive touch between racks port and industrial area of the city. Enjoy boat tours, naval activities, maritime exhibitions and music. Explore the center FutureLand and witness the process of building the new port city, the Maasvlakte 2, a historical land reclamation project to be completed in 2033.
Now that you have looked into the future, it is time to look back in Grimbsy, Britain. Explore the docks built to meet steam trawlers and fish processing facilities. Then visit the Fishing Heritage Centre, the exhibition includes the trawler Ross Tiger. Stroll through the authentic fish market built in concrete by London & North Eastern Railway in 1934, the true spirit fisherman catch him.
Back in the present, you can delve into the port of Antwerp in Belgium. It is an economic and industrial giant that borders the city of Antwerp, where the Scheldt River flows proudly through the heart of the city. Tour the harbor by boat to take a close look at your daily activities, or just watch the boats parade from the pier. Most striking are the wide views, nature reserves, and the nearby picturesque village of Lillo.
Explore the glamorous city of Monaco harbor in the Mediterranean. After landing at the dock, make sure to place your bets on the famous Monte Carlo casino, not far from the port. Shop at La Condamine, a market with a wide range of traditional products.
From the deck of a tour boat, or feet on dry land, give way to the fabulous experience of exploring the historic and stunning port cities of Europe.