Welcome to One of The Oldest Cities in The World!
Sailing into the port of Lisbon, aboard your cruise ship, is not something that should be taken lightly. Indeed it will be some quite spectacular steps you’ll be retracing, as Lisbon was home to some of the most audacious maritime explorers in history.
This relatively small Mediterranean gem sits triumphantly amid precipitous hills, overlooking the Tejo River. It boasts a myriad of attractions, both cultural and historic, and is amongst one of the most cherished revelations of a Mediterranean Cruise.??
Lisbon is a glorious example of how antiquity, and modernity, can be wonderfully merged; in fact, it is the mix of Gothic architecture and borderline-futuristic constructions that astound the first time visitor.
This unique fusion reverberates through all facets of Portuguese life; their reputable love of music, from the heart-rending traditional fado, to more jovial modern tunes, act as a kind of soundtrack to the city; a visit here is bound to be an unforgettable adventure.
The arrival into Lisbon is truly spectacular!
Not only are you being welcomed with open arms into the fascinating history and heritage of a Mediterranean classic but you also have the pleasure of enjoying tremendous scenery along the way.
Along with its ideal location, Lisbon is often used by many cruise lines to open or close an itinerary. It is used this way because of its proximity to other attracting destinations but also due to its superb sights on arrival and departure.
The key highlight is the majestic suspension bridge that magnificent cruise ships manage to just creep under as they glide in and out of port. ??Whilst a list of the sites on offer in Lisbon could run in infinitum, we’ll help you along by whetting your appetite with just a few suggestions.
Finding your Way Around
One of the best ways to discover the best of Lisbon is to get hopelessly lost, by hopping on one of the bright yellow trams which traverse the city, and getting off in the middle of somewhere.??
Anywhere will do! If you like solving riddles, puzzles and labyrinths, then this may be just the kind of challenge you’ll enjoy. Don’t worry too much, all trams lead back to a central depot so you’ll always find your way back to the starting point! Alternatively, the city also boasts an impressive hop on-hop off bus service with multiple routes. At exceptional value and offering the opportunity to take in many of the city’s major attractions, this can also be an effective way to get around to get the most from your time stay.
The local sweet specialties here in Lisbon are pastéis de nataI, the most delectable custard tarts you’ll ever have the delight of trying. They’re eggy, sweet and completely addictive; but luckily for you pastelerias, the local pastry shops are probably the most widespread of all shops in Lisbon!
You’ll find one on every other corner so feel free to indulge your sweet tooth all day long. We’re sure you will more than satisfy all your epicurean cravings onboard your cruise ship, but this treat is not to be missed!
Climbing to the Castle
The Castle of São Jorge can be reached via a steep hill but it is well worth the effort, the views from the top are breathtaking but you will be glad you did it! (be energy-smart and pack some custard tarts in your bag for those sugar lows!)
??This fortification dates back to the 2nd Century BC and has, through the millennia, gone through Moorish, Greek, Roman and Phoenician hands. Splendid traces have been left by each culture, and a visit is an absolute must for all history buffs.
The Monastery of St Jerome
Make a visit to the Monastery of St Jerome, the glorious and monumental homage built around the year 1500, to honour the many triumphant Portuguese naval traders.??The Monastery is not only the world’s most exceptional example of Manueline architecture (a mix of Gothic, Moorish and Renaissance), but is also the burial place of Vasco de Gama’s remains.
We Guarantee That You Will Return!
Many people visit Lisbon as part of a Mediterranean cruise and with a wide choice of cruise operators including P&O Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises & Fred Olsen and an even wider choice of ships, you are certain to find an itinerary that suits you – some people even choose to board their cruise ship in the port of Lisbon itself after spending a couple of days exploring this wonderful Portuguese city!