Lisbon 2024. – Tarts, forts, a palace, a pop star, a tram, and the Time Out restaurant.

Lisbon is the richest region of Portugal. It has a palace that tells the story of the Redeemer statue in Rio, and a huge Time Out restaurant.It is where we saw Gary barlow perform a full concert on a cruise ship stage!

Lisbon is a busy commercial city. Trying to find a good map that is not designed to sell you something is not easy. The wealth of tourist leaflets may swamp you, so we advise some research, a plan and a route worked out before you visit Lisbon. It opens late, so you can dash to Queluz first and be back for lunch. The tourist offices will be busy especially if there are lots of ships in. But there is a metro at the port and you can buy a day-ticket and get out fast.

Lisbon is on many cruise routes, to the Med, to Africa, to the Canary Islands and beyond. Lisbon is normally on a world cruise and some routes across the Atlantic. All because of its position. 
The shuttle buses and coaches can be slower tha walking, and may not take you where you want to start.
Possible Tours


If they are made to turn right out of the port, travel to the roundabout, turn round and come back – it can take 40 minutes to get back level to where you left the ship, so, maybe turn left and take the short walk to the Metro or into town via Commercial Square. It is best to be forewarned about Lisbon! 


Aurora Ship Tour  Azura Ship Tour  Britannia Ship Tour  Arcadia Ship Tour

Rise early and see some of the best views as your ship approaches the Portuguese capital along the Tagus River. You will pass the Belem Tower and the impressive Monument to the Discoveries with its statue of Henry the Navigator, then go for breakfast as the ship docks and prepares for you to disembark. You will also sail under the second-longest bridge in Europe. Although small for a European capital, this city does sprawl a little so you would do best to concentrate on three districts – Baixa, Bairro Alto and Alfama, each with its own distinctive style, making Lisbon a cruises must see.

    • Baixa has busy streets of inviting shops, cafés, and restaurants.
    • Alfama is the atmospheric old town with narrow cobblestone streets, medieval and Moorish-style buildings, wrought-iron balconies with trailing flowers and a mix of small shops and bars.
    • Bairro Alto is another historic district with narrow streets and is a steep climb from Baixa so look out for the 100-year-old lift (Elevador do Carmo) near Rossio Square.

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Segway Tour. We decided to do a Segway tour of Alfama which was good fun and we covered much more ground than we would have had we been walking. This was great for easy and fast orientation as we found the map quite difficult to follow and self-discover the town. The Segway was so worth it, though finding that from the map was not easy either. A good starting place is Commercial square.


Alfama is beautiful and as the city is built on 7 hills there are viewpoints everywhere. St Georges castle is worth a visit and we found a lovely restaurant which was made from an original number 28 tram. Tram 28 is famous and it is an easy cheap ride through the city which we can recommend. Our time went much too quickly and I can’t wait till the next visit to Lisbon, watch the film and see what we saw.

Tours available from your ship will probably include – but you may have to do Queluz Palace yourself which is where our films come in.

  1. Lisbon by Land and River
  2. Walking Tour of the City
  3. Lisbon by Tram and Coach
  4. Lisbon Highlights and Coast of Estoril
  5. Sintra, Guincho, and Cascais
  6. Charming Obidos
  7. Free (on your own)  time at 3 sites
  8. Jeep Safari
  9. A Journey to Fatima – Small Group Tour
  10. City Drive and Oceanarium
  11. Views of Lisbon and Estufa Fria Garden
  12. Calores Winery and Cape Roca

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