Many centuries ago, the Europeans began conquering the oceans. The first explorers have made an invaluable contribution to the economic and cultural development of port cities in many countries, and travelers today can only get acquainted with the history, industry and the fine scale European ports.
Start your journey to Rotterdam, the largest port in Europe, located in the Netherlands. Come here during the annual festival “World Days Port of Rotterdam”, when in a festive atmosphere, you can go “behind the scenes” – in the industrial area of the port. You can even climb on board ships to visit the demonstration of marine engineering and attend numerous concerts. Visit the information center “Country of the Future» (FutureLand) and see how the implementation is an unprecedented project of complex development of the territory – the construction of a new port Maasvlakte 2, which should be completed by 2033.
Looking to the future, take a look into the past in the British port of Grimsby. Visit the docks built for the reception of steam trawlers and fish processing port capacity to vote. Visit the exhibition center «Fishing Heritage Center» and exhibited there trawler «Ross Tiger». To feel the true spirit of the old river port, go to the old fish market, built in 1934, the company “Railways of London and the North East.”
Go back to our days in the port of Antwerp in Belgium. This powerful economic and industrial complex is located near Antwerp, and through it flows the river Scheldt. Embark on a river excursion, during which you can observe the life of the port on board the tourist boat, or just wait on the dock, watching passing ships. Near the port offers incredible views, the corners of pristine nature and the picturesque village of Lillo.
Meet the elegant port city of Monaco on the Mediterranean coast. Berths go to the Monte Carlo Casino, which is located not far from the sea, and make a few bets on luck. Go shopping at the Condamine. At the grocery market, you will find everything from fresh pasta to amazing espresso.
You are traveling by land or by sea on a cruise ship, do not miss the opportunity to get acquainted with the everyday life of amazing old European ports.