About Lisbon

Lisbon, Portugal’s capital city is sited on seven hills on the north bank of the Tagus estuary. Modern and cosmopolitan, it is known as the white city thanks to its unique light. It has been the departure point of many voyages of discovery and today the visitor will still find the same air of excitement and anticipation as they stand at the water’s edge by the famous Padrão dos Descobrimentos monument which celebrates the many famous Portuguese explorers.

The riverside district of Belém where the monument is situated is also where two further Lisbon landmarks will be found, the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos which is a UNESCO World Heritage site and the Torre de Belém. Another dominating feature on the banks of the Tagus is the 25 de Abril Bridge which is a facsimile of the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco. On the the opposite bank alongside the bridge rises another monument which seems almost familiar. Christo Rei, which is over 100 metres high, was inspired by the Christ Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro.

For the cruise passenger approaching the city of Lisbon by sea is a magical experience. The moment the ship enters the Tagus estuary, the passenger is held captive by the first glimpse of the city and its riverside landmarks that unfld before them.

Head into the Baixa district in the centre of the city and here the grid street plan that was instituted after the great earthquake of 1755 becomes more evident. Gracious buildings full of charm lead onto squares and reveal the many other attractions to be found in and around the city centre and on the hills that climb around it.

Outside the city the visitor is faced with even more attractions to inspire and capture the imagination. At Sintra they will find two royal palaces, the Palacio Nacional de Sintra and then on a peak high above it, the spectacular Palacio da Pena. Joureneying further afield they will find the UNESCO World Heritage sites at Batalha and Tomar and close by a world famous place of pilgrimage Fatima.

With such a diversity on offer, Lisbon is a city that almost demands repeated visits in order to take in all that it has to offer and it’s mild climate makes it an excellent destination all year around.