Lisbon will awe you with its colors, its dialects, its music and the feeling of the edge of the world. It is such a mix of cultures, influences, neighborhoods and views that it’s impossible not to fall under its spell. It is the second oldest capital in Europe, after Athens, and it’s the capital city of Portugal.
This picturesque city is built on a series of hills with scenic vistas from every angle. It has one of the world’s greatest natural harbors, and is a last stop on the way to the Atlantic Ocean.
As it is an important city in tourism, arts, entertainment, education, commerce, media, international trade and finance, it is recognized as a global city.
It has a mild climate that makes it an ideal year-round tourist destination.
Panorama of Lisbon
A Little Bit of History
This unique capital is one of the oldest and greatest historical cities that predate even some of the cities such as Rome, Paris and London by hundreds of years.
Commerce Square in Lisbon
It was the home city of some of the greatest explorers like Vasco da Gama, Prince Henry the Navigator and Magellan.
It attracted people from many ancient civilizations like Phoenicians, Celts, Romans, Moors and Visigoths, and the effect of this mingled civilization can be seen in the architecture and culture of Lisbon.
The beautiful setting, the surprising sights and cultural treasures of this city make it a paradise for walkers and photographers.
Lisbon Old Town
The biggest celebrations here are held in June in honor of Saint Anthony. The mayor offers free weddings in Saint Anthony’s Church, on June 12th. This is followed by an all-night street fair in the Alfama district.
The oldest quarters in the city are decorated with streamers, paper lanterns and colored lights, and the festive day ends with a parade down the Avenida da Liberdade.
Where is Lisbon?
- 392 miles/ 631 km from Madrid, Spain
- 404.5 miles/ 651 km from Granada, Spain
- 320.6 miles/ 516 km from Cadiz, Spain
- 244.8 miles/ 394 km from Seville, Spain
- 365.9 miles/ 589 km from Gibraltar, UK
- 193. miles/ 312 km from Oporto, Portugal
- 5.5 miles/ 9 km from Lisbon Airport, Portugal
- 399.5 miles/ 643 km from Madrid Barajas Airport, Spain
- 365.3 miles/ 588 km from Gibraltar International Airport, UK
Things to See
- Jeronimos Monastery
Belem Tower in Lisbon
- Belem Tower
- St. George’s Castle
- Tile Museum
- Enjoy the Ride
- Watch Your Step
Monument to the Discoveries in Lisbon, Portugal
- Costa da Caparica
- Santa Cruz
From the city center you can take an express bus from the Campo Grande terminal to Torres Vedras (40 minutes), where there is a connecting bus service to Santa Cruz.
Colorful windows of Lisbon, Portugal
- Lisbon River Sightseeing Cruise
The Gothic Cathedrals, majestic Monasteries and quaint museums are a part of the colorful landscape of Lisbon, but the lovely backstreets are its real delights.
Its rich maritime history and the influence of diverse cultures make it a fascinating destination to explore and immerse in the local way of life to truly experience this city.
We wish you a fantastic Mediterranean cruise!