Top Five things to do in Lisbon
Sitting within the westernmost tip of the European mainland, the Portuguese capital city is one of the Mediterranean’s most popular destinations. Much like Rome, Istanbul, Bergen and even Sheffield, Lisbon is uniquely renowned for being built on seven hills. Its location, facing out into the Atlantic Ocean, makes it an ideal place to visit during a cruise and many Pullmantur Cruises itineraries can take you to this Portuguese paradise. So, without further ado, we take a closer look at five of the best things to see and do during your visit to this wonderful city.
Inspired by the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the Cristo Rei (Christ the King) statue stands 100 metres tall above Lisbon. This project was originally inaugurated in 1959 and was erected to express gratitude for Lisbon being spared the effects of World War II. A short lift ride to the top of the statue will provide unparalleled views over the city and should be at the top of your list of things to experience whilst in Lisbon.
The name “Belem” is derived from the Portuguese word for Bethlehem and is the name also given to this unique parish in Lisbon. Many of the city’s distinctive architectural wonders are located within this area, located just over three and a half miles west of the city centre. The most distinctive landmarks include the Belem Tower (a UNESCO World Heritage site) and the Jeronimos Monastery.
Cine Theatro Gymnasium
The Cine Theatro Gymnasium is home to a traditional style of Portuguese music known as Fado, which is thought to have originated in the 1820’s. This style of music is often mournful and usually involves lyrics which are characterised by life at sea or of the poor. You will be able to experience this style of music everyday (except Sundays) within this theatre.
Aqueduto das Aguas Livres
Lisbon is a city of remarkable architecture and engineering, and one of the finest examples of this can be found at the Aqueduto das Aguas Livres. This historic aqueduct was constructed in the 18th century and contains the largest stone arch in the world. The main aqueduct extends over 18km, but the whole network of canals continues for over 50km.
Ajuda Botanical Gardens
The botanical garden of Ajuda is one of the oldest in Europe and considered to be Portugal’s first official garden. Following an earthquake in 1755, the then homeless Portuguese royal family decided to relocate and build a royal residence in Ajuda, along with the surrounding gardens. This historic ten-acre garden was laid out between 1858 and 1873.
Selected Mediterranean and European itineraries with Pullmantur Cruises will take you to the Portuguese city of Lisbon, as well as other stunning destinations across Spain and Italy. Sailing on board either Horizon or Monarch, you will be able to appreciate an all-inclusive package which includes all meals and drinks throughout your cruise.
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