Lisbon is rightly renowned as one of Europe’s great cities and stopping there during Iberia cruises will give you the opportunity to find out exactly why.
Unlike many of the continent’s major cities, the Portuguese capital benefits from sitting in a beautiful location, allowing you to enjoy views out over the Atlantic and down to the River Tagus before you even begin to explore its many attractions.
If you are only here for a day or two, one of the best ways to see Lisbon is to take a coach tour, as this city has so many historic and architectural landmarks that it can be difficult to fit everything in. But make sure you choose one that allows you to visit some of the main sights on foot.
Being driven round streets like the mile-long Avenida da Liberdade and busy Rossio Square will ensure you see attractions like the statue of the 1st Marquess of Pombal, who booked his place in history by leading the rebuilding of Lisbon after the infamous 1755 earthquake.
You will also get a great view of Alfama, which is the oldest district in Lisbon. Many parts of the capital have a really modern feel, but this part retains its old-world charm. As well as narrow streets and traditional houses, you will discover the 12th century Lisbon Cathedral and the monastery of Sao Vicente de Fora here, while the whole area is towered over by the Moorish Castelo de Sao Jorge.
Another feature of Lisbon is guaranteed to be one of the highlights of your cruise holiday – travelling across Ponte 25 de Abril. One of the longest suspension bridges in the world, it is a great vantage point from where to see the city and surrounding area.
And no visit to the Portuguese capital is complete without a trip to the Jeronimos Monastery in the beautiful Belem district. The monastery is home to the tomb of the explorer Vasco da Gama, together with two fascinating museums.
The Maritime Museum tells the story of Lisbon’s naval tradition and the history of navigation, while the National Archaeology Museum has exhibits including Bronze Age metalwork, Roman mosaics and 1st century granite statues of Lusitanian warriors.
If you have time you may also want to explore the countryside that surrounds Lisbon, particularly if you enjoy the odd glass of wine. The hillsides have a number of Portugal’s best vineyards and it is possible to arrange a wine-tasting tour and sample some of the local produce.
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