Lisbon in Portugal is full of alluring boulevards and cobbled streets juxtaposed against steely high rise buildings. Explore the timeless monasteries and countless museums, have a leisurely meal at a riverfront cafe and watch the world go by. When you cruise ship docks here, be sure it is going to be a refreshing experience to be in sunny Lisbon.
If you are in Lisbon, you will have to visit the Jeronimos Monastery built in the 1500s and is the resting place of Vasco Da Gama and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
THINGS TO DO AND SEE
- Hop on a tram and ride to the old quarters to explore Alfama to experience traditional Lisbon at its best.
- Make a half day trip to Sintra located 20 miles out of the city. Enjoy the cool rolling hils and see the three palaces: the National Palace, the Moors Castle and the Pena Palace.
- Head to Belem, a lovely waterfront area that has some the best monuments, including Jerónimos Monastery, the Belem Tower and the Museu de Arte Antiga among other attractions.
- Wander in the back lanes of the city, get lost and let Lisbon find you!
GRAB A BITE
Café Rojo in Irish Town has atmosphere and the ambiance is great. Of course not mention that the food is good too! The chicken and chorizo are to die for and should be on your must eat list. Be sure to make reservations as the restaurant tends to fill up. If you are missing Indian food than do head to Charlie's Tavern in Ocean Village – they do have the best Indian food in town, besides their other fare like burgers and seafood.
Known for the fantastic seafood, Ramiro is a Lisbon landmark and all seafood lovers should head there. The fact that it is frequented by locals too, should tell us about the authenticity of the place - shrimps, clams, tiger prawns, lobsters, crabs - the list goes on! There are lots of little cafes around and if you happen to visit the Apothecary Museum, pop in to the restaurant there and sample the tapas - as good as you would get in Spain.
When in Belem do go to the very popular tart place, the Pasteis de Belem.
Summer temperatures are quite comfortable with sunny days and the hottest months being July and August 83°F/28°C and the wettest month is November.
Credit cards are accepted most everywhere, but be aware that there is a value-added tax on every purchase you make.