Check out 3 great small ports in Europe.
Europe is dotted with many stunning port towns. Here are 3 of those great small port locations according to National Geographic.
Number 3 - The Port of Valletta, located in Malta is a natural deep-water harbor that stretches roughly 2 miles inland. Open 24 hours a day, the port serves as a multi-purpose center. Offering cruise, ferry and cargo ships, it also boasts reception facilities. 16th century limestone buildings serve as a backdrop to the port, while nearby museums and cultural establishments offer visitors entertainment and education.
Number 2 – The Ålesund Port in Norway is a historic site which was rebuilt in the early 20th century in “art nouveau style”. Towers and turrets dominate the architecture, while the North Sea islands can be seen in almost any direction. A popular port of call for cruise ships and a 200 meter expansion of the pier in 2012 makes it a great point from which to explore Norway. Cobblestone streets and the colorful architecture are accents to the gorgeous waters that encompass the surrounding town which appears to be straight out of a fairytale.
Number 1 - The Port of Gdansk in north central Poland connects with Warsaw by the Vistula River. Comprised of two port areas, Nowy Port serves as an industrial center while Port Polnocny is the biggest maritime development project in the country. The high-tech industry is also booming in this remarkable cultural center and tourist destination.