Picture-perfect ports from the skies


Slide 1 of 31: While it's not possible to get on a cruise right now, there’s always scope for some armchair travel. We’ve rounded up a selection of aerial photographs of the world's most incredible ports so you can check them out from the comfort of your own home. From Nordic beauties to Caribbean stunners, set sail on a virtual voyage around the prettiest ports on the planet.
Slide 2 of 31: Captured at sunset in this stunning aerial shot, Lisbon’s historic port is a hub for both trade and tourism. Positioned at the mouth of the Tejo (Tagus) river and between the Mediterranean Sea and Northern Europe, the Port of Lisbon was a historically important seaport, especially during the 15th and 16th centuries when it was the center of the Portuguese Empire.
Slide 3 of 31: Set in a spectacular bay, in the shadow of steep, rugged mountains, Kotor's port is a favorite with cruise-goers and has been seeing an increase in tourists during the last two decades. The UNESCO World Heritage city, located in southwestern Montenegro, has winding cobbled streets, atmospheric medieval buildings and picture-perfect mountain views. Find our guide to Kotor here.
Slide 4 of 31: With iconic views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, Sydney Harbour makes for a spectacular sight as the sun goes down. The world-famous port has been operational for more than a century and is visited by around 1,200 commercial vessels each year, as well as being incredibly popular with cruise ships.

Slide 5 of 31: A bird's-eye look at the Port of New York and New Jersey also gives spectacular sweeping views across the Big Apple. It covers a region within a 25-mile (40km) radius of the Statue of Liberty and is usually an extremely popular cruise destination, plus a gateway for travel to the Caribbean, Canada, Europe and beyond.
Slide 6 of 31: Jaw-dropping mountains and sleek skyscrapers provide a stunning backdrop for Vancouver Harbour. Located in southwest British Columbia, stretching between Roberts Bank and the Fraser River, there's more to this port than boats. On shore, the area has a charming mix of cafés, restaurants and a waterside walkway. You might even spot the odd harbor seal too.
Slide 7 of 31: Located in northern Morocco on the Strait of Gibraltar, less than nine miles (14km) from the Spanish coast, the Port of Tanger-Med serves as a gateway between Europe and Africa. From here, visitors can usually take trips to popular locations including Asilah, Tetouan, Chefchaouen and Larache, which are all within reach of the port.
Slide 8 of 31: Filled with a dazzling array of luxury yachts, Valletta’s Grand Harbour is the hub of this historic city. The port has been used for trade since Roman times, although nowadays it’s focused on cruise ships as opposed to cargo. Take a look at our city guide to Valletta. 
Slide 9 of 31: In the heart of glamorous Monaco, the small, enclosed Port de Fontvieille certainly provides its fair share of eye candy when it comes to luxury yachts. Set against Monaco’s striking rocky hills, the waterside is also home to a number of bars, hotels and restaurants in which to kick back and gaze out at the view.

Slide 10 of 31: English Harbour gets its name from its former role as a British Navy base in the 18th and 19th centuries, during which time it was visited by Captain Horatio Nelson and King William IV of England. The stunning harbor, offset by lush green hills and azure seas, offers everything from fascinating historical attractions to gorgeous beaches, and is usually visited by many high-end yachts each year.
Slide 11 of 31: Sitting on the southern tip of the Sunshine State, the Port of Miami – also known as PortMiami – is known as the cruise capital of the world, typically visited each year by 22 cruise lines berthing 55 ships and millions of passengers. While cruising may be off the cards for the time being, the majestic port is still a sight to behold. Its dazzling waters are dotted with yachts, with views of the Star, Palm and Hibiscus man-made islands.
Slide 12 of 31: Spotted with colorful fishing boats and surrounded by verdant green hills, Labuan Bajo, a small fishing village turned bustling town, still retains plenty of its historic charm. Located on the westernmost region of Flores in Indonesia, it’s usually a popular spot with visitors, many of whom choose to take trips across to the nearby Komodo Island and Rinca Island.
Slide 13 of 31: Having been a trading hub for 2,000 years, the Port of Barcelona is also a major destination for cruises today. Captured from above in this spectacular aerial shot, the attractive port is within easy reach of the city center and beach. Take a look at our guide to the Catalan city here.
Slide 14 of 31: The Ports of Auckland authority board controls several main ports – the Port of Auckland, Port of Onehuga, Chelsea Wharf and four inland ports. Development began in the harbor area in the 1840s and since then it’s become an important hub for trading and cruise liners. Check out more stunning photos that'll make you fall in love with New Zealand.

Slide 15 of 31: Latchi, located on the Akamas Peninsula in northwestern Cyprus, is a pretty fishing region home to fish markets, cafés, bars and restaurants serving the catch of the day. Seen from above, the idyllic boating harbor is a stunning sight against the lush green Akamas National Park. Discover more about this area of Cyprus with our guide.
Slide 16 of 31: With its glimmering lights and mountainous backdrop, it’s no surprise that the pretty Nagasaki Port is Japan’s second-biggest cruise destination. Lying at the head of a long bay, liners usually dock at Matsugae Wharf, which is within easy reach of a streetcar stop for exploring the city. Now take a look at the world's beautiful beaches from above.
Slide 17 of 31: A quaint spot nestled in a bay on the small island of Procida, off the west coast of Naples, Marina Corricella is recognizable for its adorable multicolored houses. The 17th-century port is best-known for its stunning architecture and it’s not hard to see why, with decorative domes, arches, terraces, windows and balconies creating a colorful view from above. These are the world's most beautiful small towns.
Slide 18 of 31: Usually among the most popular cruise destinations in Europe, the Port of Bergen, Norway’s second largest port, is the gateway to the country’s beautiful fjords. The city is charming in its own right too, with houses nestled into hilltops and steep, narrow alleyways, as well as the UNESCO World Heritage Site Bryggen, a historic wharf.
Slide 19 of 31: The Port of Hong Kong is usually among the busiest in the world, both in terms of cargo and passengers. Located in the sheltered Victoria Harbour on the southern tip of the Kowloon Peninsula, it’s a hub for trade between Southeast and East Asia, as well as offering 400 container liner services a week traveling to 500 destinations, under ordinary circumstances.
Slide 20 of 31: One of Geneva Harbour’s most recognizable features is the 460-feet tall (140m) Jet d’Eau water jet that springs out from the lake and pumps out 500 liters (132 gallons) of water per second. Seen from above, the harbor filled with yachts and surrounded by stunning mountains is a sight to behold. Take a look at the world's most incredible photos from above.
Slide 21 of 31: The tiny port town of Svolvær is located on the island of Austvågøya in the Lofoten archipelago, along the Vestfjorden. The isle offers plenty of dramatic landscapes, from mountains to lush green hills and white sandy beaches, making it a great destination for nature lovers. In this photo, the town is captured during winter with a blanket of snow.
Slide 22 of 31: Around six miles (10km) from Athens lies the small town of Piraeus, where you’ll find a picturesque marina which is frequented by both fishing boats and luxury yachts. You wouldn’t believe that Piraeus port, the busiest port in Greece, is located just on the other side of this gentle little harbor.
Slide 23 of 31: The glimmering ocean and white sandy beaches make for the perfect backdrop to the main seaport in the Bahamas. Nassau, located on New Providence Island, is the capital city of the Bahamas and an ideal starting point for those wishing to explore the archipelago. Discover these amazing images of America from above.
Slide 24 of 31: Port Gruž in Dubrovnik is situated on the west side of the city, offering a main entry point for ferries and cruise ships. The pretty harbor area, which has appeared on popular TV series Game of Thrones, has a daily fruit, vegetable and fish market which sells some of the region’s specialities including local goats' cheese, olive oil and wine. Take a look at what else Dubrovnik has to offer with our guide.
Slide 25 of 31: Surrounded by jagged mountains, Muttrah Corniche is an attractive port on the western side of Muscat, the capital of Oman. The pretty waterfront is the city's old commercial center and still the place to be today with a daily fish market, a bustling souk filled with vendors and more.
Slide 26 of 31: With sweeping views taking in the striking Christ the Redeemer statue and a multitude of tiny islands dotted around, Guanabara Bay separates Rio de Janeiro on the southwest and Niterói on the southeast. At the entrance to the bay are the popular beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, while the awe-inspiring Sugarloaf Mountain juts out on a peninsula on its southwestern side. 
Slide 27 of 31: Located in the town of Amalfi along the stretch of coastline that goes by the same name, Coppola Marina Dock is encircled by towering cliffs set above glittering azure seas. Frequented by luxury yachts, this small yet perfectly formed marina is within reach of the towns of Sorrento and Positano, and the volcanic island of Ischia.
Slide 28 of 31: It’s not hard to see why Honfleur’s picturesque harbor, lined with narrow slate-fronted houses dating back to the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, was beloved by impressionist painters including Claude Monet. Situated in northern France’s Calvados region, this pretty-as-a-picture port is brought to life by the street markets, cafés and restaurants nestled in its labyrinthine streets.
Slide 29 of 31: Stretching 20 miles (32km) between the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea, the Bosphorus Strait cuts through Istanbul, separating the continents of Europe and Asia. A hub for trade and tourism, there's a stunning view from whichever way you look across the water. The skylines are dotted with mosques, palaces and fortresses that serve as reminders of its long and complex history. Take a look at jaw-dropping photos of the world's weather taken from the skies.
Slide 30 of 31: Few waterways have quite the status held by Venice’s majestic Grand Canal, a sweeping S-shaped channel that cuts through the Floating City. Lined by historic palazzos, grand churches and prominent museums, the city’s main traffic corridor is well-suited to gazing up at the stunning Venetian architecture and maze-like streets.
Slide 31 of 31: A former fishing village turned fashionable port town, Portofino draws in visitors with its pretty pastel-colored houses and honeysuckle-clad hills overlooking a dazzling harbor. Situated on its own peninsula on the northeast coast of Italy, it’s the perfect spot for panoramic views over the Italian Riviera. These are Europe's most charming towns and villages.

Set sail

While it’s not possible to get on a cruise right now, there’s always scope for some armchair travel. We’ve rounded up a selection of aerial photographs of the world’s most incredible ports so you can check them out from the comfort of your own home. From Nordic beauties to Caribbean stunners, set sail on a virtual voyage around the prettiest ports on the planet.

Port of Lisbon, Portugal

Port of Kotor, Montenegro

Set in a spectacular bay, in the shadow of steep, rugged mountains, Kotor’s port is a favorite with cruise-goers and has been seeing an increase in tourists during the last two decades. The UNESCO World Heritage city, located in southwestern Montenegro, has winding cobbled streets, atmospheric medieval buildings and picture-perfect mountain views. Find our guide to Kotor here.

Sydney Harbour, Australia

Port of New York and New Jersey, New York, USA

A bird’s-eye look at the Port of New York and New Jersey also gives spectacular sweeping views across the Big Apple. It covers a region within a 25-mile (40km) radius of the Statue of Liberty and is usually an extremely popular cruise destination, plus a gateway for travel to the Caribbean, Canada, Europe and beyond.

Vancouver Harbour, Canada

Jaw-dropping mountains and sleek skyscrapers provide a stunning backdrop for Vancouver Harbour. Located in southwest British Columbia, stretching between Roberts Bank and the Fraser River, there’s more to this port than boats. On shore, the area has a charming mix of cafés, restaurants and a waterside walkway. You might even spot the odd harbor seal too.

Port of Tanger-Med, Morocco

Grand Harbour, Valletta, Malta

Filled with a dazzling array of luxury yachts, Valletta’s Grand Harbour is the hub of this historic city. The port has been used for trade since Roman times, although nowadays it’s focused on cruise ships as opposed to cargo. Take a look at our city guide to Valletta. 

Port de Fontvieille, Monaco

English Harbour, Antigua

Port of Miami, Florida, USA

Labuan Bajo Harbour, Flores, Indonesia

Port of Barcelona, Spain

Having been a trading hub for 2,000 years, the Port of Barcelona is also a major destination for cruises today. Captured from above in this spectacular aerial shot, the attractive port is within easy reach of the city center and beach. Take a look at our guide to the Catalan city here.

Ports of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

The Ports of Auckland authority board controls several main ports – the Port of Auckland, Port of Onehuga, Chelsea Wharf and four inland ports. Development began in the harbor area in the 1840s and since then it’s become an important hub for trading and cruise liners. Check out more stunning photos that’ll make you fall in love with New Zealand.

Latchi Harbour, Akamas Peninsula, Cyprus

Latchi, located on the Akamas Peninsula in northwestern Cyprus, is a pretty fishing region home to fish markets, cafés, bars and restaurants serving the catch of the day. Seen from above, the idyllic boating harbor is a stunning sight against the lush green Akamas National Park. Discover more about this area of Cyprus with our guide.

Nagasaki Port, Japan

With its glimmering lights and mountainous backdrop, it’s no surprise that the pretty Nagasaki Port is Japan’s second-biggest cruise destination. Lying at the head of a long bay, liners usually dock at Matsugae Wharf, which is within easy reach of a streetcar stop for exploring the city. Now take a look at the world’s beautiful beaches from above.

Marina Corricella, Procida, Naples

A quaint spot nestled in a bay on the small island of Procida, off the west coast of Naples, Marina Corricella is recognizable for its adorable multicolored houses. The 17th-century port is best-known for its stunning architecture and it’s not hard to see why, with decorative domes, arches, terraces, windows and balconies creating a colorful view from above. These are the world’s most beautiful small towns.

Port of Bergen, Norway

Port of Hong Kong

Geneva Harbour, Switzerland

One of Geneva Harbour’s most recognizable features is the 460-feet tall (140m) Jet d’Eau water jet that springs out from the lake and pumps out 500 liters (132 gallons) of water per second. Seen from above, the harbor filled with yachts and surrounded by stunning mountains is a sight to behold. Take a look at the world’s most incredible photos from above.

Svolvær port, Norway

Mikrolimano Marina, Piraeus, Greece

Around six miles (10km) from Athens lies the small town of Piraeus, where you’ll find a picturesque marina which is frequented by both fishing boats and luxury yachts. You wouldn’t believe that Piraeus port, the busiest port in Greece, is located just on the other side of this gentle little harbor.

Port Nassau, Bahamas

The glimmering ocean and white sandy beaches make for the perfect backdrop to the main seaport in the Bahamas. Nassau, located on New Providence Island, is the capital city of the Bahamas and an ideal starting point for those wishing to explore the archipelago. Discover these amazing images of America from above.

Port Gruž, Dubrovnik

Port Gruž in Dubrovnik is situated on the west side of the city, offering a main entry point for ferries and cruise ships. The pretty harbor area, which has appeared on popular TV series Game of Thrones, has a daily fruit, vegetable and fish market which sells some of the region’s specialities including local goats’ cheese, olive oil and wine. Take a look at what else Dubrovnik has to offer with our guide.

Muttrah Corniche, Muscat, Oman

Surrounded by jagged mountains, Muttrah Corniche is an attractive port on the western side of Muscat, the capital of Oman. The pretty waterfront is the city’s old commercial center and still the place to be today with a daily fish market, a bustling souk filled with vendors and more.

Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

With sweeping views taking in the striking Christ the Redeemer statue and a multitude of tiny islands dotted around, Guanabara Bay separates Rio de Janeiro on the southwest and Niterói on the southeast. At the entrance to the bay are the popular beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, while the awe-inspiring Sugarloaf Mountain juts out on a peninsula on its southwestern side. 

Coppola Marina Dock, Porto di Amalfi, Italy

Port of Honfleur, Honfleur, France

It’s not hard to see why Honfleur’s picturesque harbor, lined with narrow slate-fronted houses dating back to the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, was beloved by impressionist painters including Claude Monet. Situated in northern France’s Calvados region, this pretty-as-a-picture port is brought to life by the street markets, cafés and restaurants nestled in its labyrinthine streets.

Bosphorus Strait, Istanbul, Turkey

Stretching 20 miles (32km) between the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea, the Bosphorus Strait cuts through Istanbul, separating the continents of Europe and Asia. A hub for trade and tourism, there’s a stunning view from whichever way you look across the water. The skylines are dotted with mosques, palaces and fortresses that serve as reminders of its long and complex history. Take a look at jaw-dropping photos of the world’s weather taken from the skies.

Grand Canal, Venice, Italy

Portofino Harbour, Portofino, Italy

A former fishing village turned fashionable port town, Portofino draws in visitors with its pretty pastel-colored houses and honeysuckle-clad hills overlooking a dazzling harbor. Situated on its own peninsula on the northeast coast of Italy, it’s the perfect spot for panoramic views over the Italian Riviera. These are Europe’s most charming towns and villages.

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