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About Lisbon

Some of the best views of the Portuguese capital come as your ship cruises along the Tagus River. You pass the Belem Tower and the impressive Monument to the Discoveries with its statue of Henry the Navigator before arriving at the Lisbon cruise terminal.

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 cruises a must see.

Baixa has busy streets of inviting shops, cafés and restaurants while 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. With such a variety of destinations to explore, cruises to Lisbon bring to your holiday a balance of both modern and historical grounds.

 

Shore excursions in Lisbon

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

A Journey to Fatima - Small Group Tour

Activity highShopping

Duration: 5½ hours

Discover the spiritual history that surrounds Fatima and the appearance of the ‘Virgin Mary’ or ‘Lady of the Rosary’ in 1917.

Journey through the Tagus Plains and the bullfighting region of Vila Franca, before reaching Fatima, an international and worldwide known Catholic, pilgrimage site.

According to local lore, 3 peasant children from a nearby village observed a ‘Lady of the Light’ hovering above a small oak tree at the Cova da Iria (the Cove of Peace). This was believed to be the blessed ‘Virgin Mary’ and after returning on the same day for over 5 months, a miracle was said to have been written in the sky in front of over 70,000 witnesses. Today, many people from around the world make the famous pilgrimage to Fatima in search of the miracles.

At the old famous Basilica, you’ll be able to see the resting place of the legendary 3 peasant children, Lucia Santos and her 2 cousins, Jacinta and Francisco Marto. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit the new ‘Holy Trinity’ Basilica and the Chapel of Apparitions, which is built on the site where the Virgin Mary appeared to the children.

Take some free time to enjoy lunch on your own before browsing some of the local shops for souvenirs.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by minibus and on foot. This tour is non-guided; however your English speaking driver will answer questions during the journey. The drive to Fatima takes approximately 1¼ hours each way. There is approximately 3 hours of walking over flat ground on this tour; however this is at your own pace. Lunch is not included. Restoration work has been known to occasionally take place within the old Basilica and this may restrict viewing of the old statues, paintings and glass windows.

A Taste of Lisbon - Small Group Tour

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 4 hours

Join a small group to discover some of the delightful tastes Lisbon has to offer.

Hop aboard your minibus and head to the Belem Quarter, and the famous ‘Pasteis de Belém’. Mentioned in every guide to Lisbon, this delightful bakery is the traditional home of the delicious Pastel de Nata. Indulge your taste buds with one of these delicious custard tarts, accompanied by a cup of tea or coffee.

Continue to the charming neighbourhoods of Bairro Alto and Chiado, where you’ll embark on a short guided walking tour. As you wind your way along the narrow streets your knowledgeable guide will enlighten you with interesting facts about the city. Pause at a viewpoint to capture wonderful photos of the Castle of S Jorge, the Cathedral and the Old Town.

Your next stop is Cervejaria Trindade. This popular restaurant is delightfully decorated with colourful tiles from the 1800’s. It started out as a convent’s dining area, before later becoming one of Lisbon’s first beer houses in 1836. Enjoy a refreshing local beer and some typical Portuguese tapas.

Your final stop is a traditional pastry shop of Portuguese sweet treats, Casa dos Ovos Moles em Lisboa. Here, you’ll have the chance to sample the popular Ovos Moles, a tasty sweet local delicacy.

To round off your tour, you’ll take a short ride down to the city centre on the popular Eiffel elevator of Santa Justa.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by minibus, elevator and on foot. There is approximately 1 hour of walking on this tour, as well as a few steps to negotiate.

An Evening of Fado

Activity lowMeal included

Duration: 3¼ hours

Spend an evening watching and listening to the delightful traditional Fado singers.

Fado is a style of traditional folk music, developed in Lisbon in the 1800’s by the wives and families of sailors away on voyages of discovery. The songs were used to express tales of tragedy, jealousy and unrequited love, but as more affluent families began to take an interest in Fado, the style and lyrics became more light hearted. Today its popularity continues and can be experienced at ‘Café Luso’, one of Lisbon’s most famous Fado venues.

During your journey to Café Luso your knowledgeable guide will enlighten you with tales of the history of Fado, describing how it became one of Lisbon’s most charming cultural treasures.

Upon arrival, you’ll notice that in keeping with the spirit of the songs, the décor is typical of taverns from the period between the 15th and 19th centuries. Sit back, relax and enjoy a delicious dinner accompanied by wine, whilst your musical treat unfolds before you.

As you listen to the sounds of the Fado singers, you’ll soon be clapping your hands to the rhythm. This heartfelt, genuine performance is sure to provide you with a truly memorable evening.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach. This tour is non-exclusive to P&O Cruises. Passengers are required to walk approximately 100 metres from the coach drop off point to the restaurant. There is 1 step to negotiate to enter the restaurant. Children are not permitted to participate.

Cascais On Your Own

Activity lowShopping

Duration: 4 hours

A wonderful opportunity to spend some time at the popular resort of Cascais.

A scenic drive from the port will take you along the coastal road to Cascais. This popular holiday resort is set in the picturesque bay of Cascais and is an ideal place to while away a few hours.

Upon arrival, the time is yours to do as you please. Wander along the streets, enjoy the views or browse in the local shops. Cascais offers plenty of cafés if you wish to purchase refreshments or lunch.

After your visit, you’ll meet at the designated time and place to rejoin the coach for the return drive to the port.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This is an unguided transfer exclusive of refreshments, meals or entrance fees. The travel time is around 45 minutes each way, with around 2-2 ½ hours of free time in Cascais. The level of walking is at the discretion of the passenger, however due to traffic restrictions in Cascais passengers must be able to walk from the coach drop off and pick up point. This is located approximately 15 minutes’ walk each way from the main town, with a slight incline on the return walk. Shops may be closed on Sundays and Bank Holidays. Euros are accepted for purchases. Please note meeting points and return times as coaches cannot be held for latecomers.

Charming Óbidos

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 4½ hours

Medieval Óbidos is an exceptional example of a classic Portuguese walled village.

A maze of quaint cobbled streets, brightly painted houses, and overflowing flowerpots, Óbidos is picture perfect. In fact, so romantic is Óbidos, that in 1282 the entire town was given as a wedding present from King Dinis to his bride Isabel.

Encircled by medieval walls, Óbidos’ centrepiece is an imposing 12th century castle. This former fortress and royal palace was recently voted one of the ‘7 Wonders of Portugal’. To help you get your bearings, you’ll embark on a short walking tour around some of the prettiest streets, passing the whitewashed church of Santa Maria.

Next, you’ll have free time to wander Óbidos at your own pace. Keen photographers are sure to love exploring the hidden corners, with each twist and turn revealing another photo opportunity.

For a spot of souvenir shopping, take a stroll along the town’s main street, Rua Direita. Here you’ll find an abundance of traditional shops selling all kinds of crafts and delicacies, from hand painted ‘azulejo’ tiles, to tasty local liqueurs. But perhaps you’d prefer to simply relax in one of the tiny street cafés, and soak up the charming atmosphere of this medieval town.

During your journey back to the ship, sit back and absorb the lovely views of the Portuguese countryside, before glimpsing the bustling city life of Lisbon’s main streets.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The journey to Óbidos is around 1¼ hours. This tour involves 2 hours of walking over cobbled streets. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

 

A selection of cruises to Lisbon

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