The country’s two major cities, Porto and Lisbon lie on this coast, a few miles upstream on the banks of the Douro and Tagus rivers respectively.
All of the west coast harbours are equipped with marinas and there are relatively few opportunities (and, indeed, little need) to anchor.
The view from the bluffs of Peddocks Island to the East is an impressive and unobstructed one: A view from Peddocks facing West, back toward the city of Boston over the post-winter landscape of dry, scrubby bushes and brown grass: Peddocks is one of the largest Islands of Boston Harbor and has a history dating back to pre-historic times, as remains of ancient human inhabitants thousands of years old have been discovered on the island.
A nautical chart of Peddocks Island today and its location in the Southeastern part of Boston Harbor: While not isolated per se- the island is located in close proximity to the population centers of Quincy and Hull- Peddocks does feel .
Given Boston’s exposed position on the North Atlantic, securing the harbor was a key strategic initiative during WWII, hence the active usage of Fort Andrews during that time.The south coast, popularly known as the Algarve, begins at Cape St Vincent at the SW tip of the Iberian peninsula and extends from Sagres all the way to the Spanish border at Vila Real de Santo Antonio on the Rio Guadiana.This coast is better sheltered from the Atlantic swell and generally has a warmer climate than the west coast.Today they boarded Holland America Lines ms Rotterdam for their 37-day Voyage of the Vikings cruise across the North Atlantic and back.Along the way, they will have some great port calls in the Canadian Maritimes, Iceland, Greenland, and Northern Europe.