Why choose a cruise to Lisbon?

Belem Tower Lisbon

Lisbon is a fascinating, beautiful city bursting with culture. Take the tram up steep cobbled streets to discover colourful hillside neighbourhoods. Lose yourself in winding alleyways where you’ll discover historic monuments alongside trendy boutiques.

By night, these cobbled lanes are transformed, and Lisbon becomes a buzzing nightlife spot. Whether it’s a lively bar or a romantic restaurant that takes your fancy, there’s a whole host of options on offer.

A guide to Lisbon’s hotspots

Take a tram to the historic district of Belém, an area studded with iconic attractions. One of the most famous is the Torre de Belém, a 16th-century fort built to protect against coastal attacks. This squat, ornate tower offers fabulous sunset views of the River Tagus. And don’t forget to stop for a pastel de nata, a custard tart first made at the Pastéis de Belém bakery.

Check out the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology. This hip new museum is housed inside a former power plant and a curved building with a white exterior, which glows gold in the setting sun.

São Jorge Castle commands a majestic position on the hilltop in the centre of Lisbon. This 11th-century Moorish castle is a UNESCO world heritage site. With its intoxicating views, shaded gardens and fascinating fortifications, it’s a great place to visit.

Alfama is Lisbon’s oldest neighbourhood, a picturesque jumble of narrow lanes lined with brightly coloured houses. There are plenty of hidden corners to explore here, yielding street art, gourmet restaurants, and historic buildings such as the monastery of Sao Vicente de Fora. The Museu de Fado, which tells you about the phenomenon of Portuguese fado music, comes highly recommended.

Houses in Lisbon

Cruise lines that sail to the port of Lisbon

Marella Cruises

P&O Cruises

Royal Caribbean International

Fred Olsen

The best time to visit Lisbon

Lisbon’s the perfect place for a summer holiday. Between July to September the temperature soars to 28°C during the daytime. Luckily there are lots of nearby beaches where you can cool down with a dip in the sea. The surrounding months of May, June and October are a few degrees cooler.

But why not visit Lisbon during the winter months? During December and January, the weather’s a balmy 15°C, perfect for sightseeing. There’s a chance of rain during these months, but that doesn’t matter when there are so many museums, cafés and restaurants to cosy up in.

Did you know?

  • Only 5 men know the recipe to the Pastel de Belém, which they must memorise and never write down
  • The raven is the symbol of Lisbon
  • Lisbon’s Vasco de Gama Bridge is the longest in Europe
  • The idea for the distinctive Lisbon tram was taken from America
  • Lisbon was the first country to import Guinness from Ireland