Located near the Santa Apolónia cruise port in Lisbon are some of the city’s most impressive visitor attractions, many within easy walking distance. The engaging Estação Elevatória dos Barbadinhos is just ten minutes away, a 19th-century steam pumping station that used to supply water to the Portuguese capital. Nearby in Alfama is the Panteão Nacional-Church of Santa Engrácia. It’s the closest national monument to the terminal. Meanwhile, the wonderful Museu Nacional do Azulejo is sited further east and is best reached by cab or public transport. Another imposing historic monument is the Mosteiro de São Vicente de Fora, sited just a few minutes from Santa Engrácia, a great cultural combo! However, practically opposite the terminal are two excellent museums – the Museu Militar and the Museu do Fado. If you’re in town on a Tuesday or Saturday you can combine a sightseeing tour with a visit to the Feira da Ladra (Thieves’ Market), the city’s biggest flea market. Continue walking west and you’ll stumble upon the Fundacão José Saramago, a cultural space that pays tribute to the late lamented Portuguese writer, a Nobel laureate. The outstanding Museu Escola de Artes Decorativas is certainly worth a diversion, another excellent museum almost within sight of the terminal. And for great views of the city and the river – and departing cruise liners – head for the top Arco da Rua Augusta on Praça do Comércio.
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