Spotlight On Lisbon
Portugal’s capital, and one of the world's oldest cities, Lisbon is a charming place full of colour and culture. From the cobbled streets and quaint trams to the delicious pastel del nata and quirky architecture, there’s so much for visiting cruise passengers to see and do. It is hard not to fall in love with in this city by the sea.
Jerónimos Monastery – This visually stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site dates back to the 16th century and is one of the best examples of late Gothic architecture in the city. It is also the resting place of the famous Portuguese explorer, Vasco da Gama. The monastery is closed on Mondays and special holidays but otherwise open daily from 10am – 5:30pm from October to May, and 10am – 6:30pm between May and September.
Alfama – The oldest district in Lisbon, this neighbourhood features an abundance of narrow streets and historically important buildings, making it the perfect place for a self-guided walking tour. Wander between local bars, stores and eateries, but don't forget to look up. Keep your eye out for the colourful façades adorned with azulejo; Spanish painted tin-glazed ceramic tilework
Calouste Gulbenkian Museum – Filled with an impressive collection of Eastern and Western art, this popular museum is a must-see for lovers of art and culture. You can easily spend a few hours here, perusing the displays of artworks and artefacts that transport you through 5,000 years of history. The museum is open daily from 10am till 6pm, except on Tuesdays and holidays.
Miradouro da Senhora do Monte – For amazing panoramic views of the city, from the spectacular old quarters to the bustling downtown district, a visit to Miradouro da Senhora do Monte is a must. Located on a hill in the Graca neighbourhood, this lookout point is the highest in the city. Be sure to bring your camera and capture the inimitable beauty of the city and the Tagus River.
Lisbon enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with long, hot, dry summers and mild, rainy winters. The peak tourist season ranges from June till the end of August, when temperatures are at their warmest and beaches are most inviting. In July and August, daytime temperatures usually reach between 25 and 30 degrees Celsius. In January, the coldest month, temperatures during the day range from 11 to 18 degrees Celsius. Most of Lisbon’s rainfall occurs between November and January.
As a large city and popular tourist hotspot, Lisbon has several public transport options available. Visitors can explore this sprawling metropolis via trams, buses and the city’s Metro subway system. Lisbon is also home to a funicular system, featuring the Ascensor do Lavra, the Ascensor da Bica, the Ascensor da Gloria and the Elavador de Santa Justa. The Aerobus service is also available for transfers between the city centre and the airport, while taxis can be found throughout the city.
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