Shore Leave: What to See and Do near Lisbon's Cruise Port.

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 port 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 arriving and departing cruise liners – head for the top Arco da Rua Augusta on Praça do Comércio.  

The triumphal arch, better known as the Rua Augusta Arch, is one of the city's most recognised historic monuments. Standing on the north side of Praca do Comercio. The 19th-century landmark was designed by architect Santos de Carvalho to...  Read More

Housed within the 17th-century Azurara Palace in Lisbon's Alfama district, this delightful museum displays an outstanding collection of Portuguese, French and English furniture dating from between the 15th and 18th centuries. The period setting...  Read More

José Saramago (1922--2010) was a Portuguese writer and recipient of the 1998 Nobel Prize for Literature. Regarded as the nation's greatest contemporary writer, more than two million of his books have been sold in Portugal alone, and his work...  Read More

The Feira da Ladra is Lisbon's largest and liveliest flea market and definitely the city's quirkiest shopping experience. It's name translates as the "Thieves' Market" because of the astonishing array of curios and bric-a-brac on sale. The...  Read More

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The Fado Museum regales visitors with a themed exhibition that charts the history of this unique Portuguese musical expression, from its origins in the 19th century up to the present. A multilingual audio guide accompanies a tour of the museum...  Read More

Santa Apolonia

Anyone with an interest in Portuguese military history will be fascinated by this engaging museum. The building stands opposite Santa Apolónia railway station, on the site of a 16th-century cannon foundry and arms depot. The comprehensive...  Read More

Designed by noted Italian architect Filippo Terzi and completed in 1627, the church and monastery of São Vicente de Fora is sited in Alfama, its twin bell towers and Italian Renaissance style facade a city landmark. Visited for its majestic...  Read More

Its enviable setting within the cloisters of the beautiful 16th-century Convento da Madre de Deus makes the National Tile Museum one of Lisbon's most alluring cultural attractions. This is the only museum in Portugal dedicated entirely to the...  Read More

The chalk-white dome of the National Pantheon, the Church of Santa Engrácia, is a familiar landmark on Lisbon's eastern waterfront skyline. Royal architect Joao Antunes, considered one of the most important exponents of the baroque in Portugal,...  Read More

Just a ten-minute walk from Lisbon's cruise terminal at Santa Apolónia, the Steam Pumping Station of Barbadinhos provides a fascinating insight as to how water was once supplied to the city. Inaugurated in 1880, the facility was designed to...  Read More


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