Lisbon cruise port stretches along the Tagus River, the longest on the entire Iberian Peninsula. There are 3 cruise terminals in the port. Two of them are located on the river’s north bank and the third one is represented by a quay. All of them are located comparatively close to the city center, besides it won’t be difficult to get to the Airport of Lisbon from each of the cruise terminals as well. Cruise Panda will get you acquainted with one of the coziest and sunniest cruise ports in Europe, Lisbon.
Where Do Cruise Ships Dock at Lisbon Cruise Port?
Before your cruise starts you can check where exactly your cruise ship will be docked on her arrival to the capital of Portugal. You can ask your cruise agent.
Santa Apolónia Cruise Terminal (LCT) is considered the main cruise terminal located right in the city center (a one-kilometer walkable distance). If you find the terminal name of Jardim do Tabaco Quay in your cruise documents it means that your cruise ship will dock at Santa Apolónia as the quay belongs to this terminal. You can easily go to the center on foot or use the hop-on-hop-off bus which can be yellow or red. The latter route is more long-term and the cost of a trip is 15 euros.
Alcântara Cruise Terminal (Gare Maritima de Alcântara) is another cruise terminal where cruise ships often dock. Located a little bit farther from the city center (but still within the walkable distance of 4 kilometers) than the previous one it is nevertheless located conveniently close to the Ponte 25 de Abril Bridge (one of main Lisbon’s hallmarks). Hop-on-hop-off buses are also available here, besides the tram and bus stops are located right near the terminal (route 15 and 728 respectively) allowing you to travel wherever you want: to Belem and the Monastery (to the left), to the city center (to the right), as well as it will take you about 15 minutes to get to the Figueira Square.
Rocha Conde de Óbidos represents the third terminal located approximately 3 kilometers from the center and sometimes accommodates cruise ships, mostly during the peak season when there are a lot of cruise ships in the Port of Lisbon.
How to Get from the Airport to Lisbon Cruise Port
The International Airport of Lisbon (LIS) is very conveniently located less than 10 kilometers from the Port of Lisbon. If there are 3 or 4 of you it will be of course convenient to take a taxi but the subway is not bad as well because everything is quite clear.
If the terminal of your departure on a cruise is Santa Apolónia you should go from the airport by metro to the Santa Apolónia metro station (the change should be done at Saõ Sebastião station, the last one of the Airport line). Travel time amounts to 40 minutes. If your cruise ship waits for you at the Alcântara cruise terminal your stop for the metro should be Terreiro do Paço. Having left the metro you should take a bus (route 728) that stops in front of the metro station and runs in the Belem direction. The bus station you need to get to your cruise ship is called Alcântara-Mar.
What to Visit in Lisbon Cruise Port
Lisbon is the capital of Portugal located on several hills and washed by the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Within the last decade, this cozy picturesque city has become one of the most desirable tourist destinations in Europe. It is not surprising as this city is much cheaper than other European cities and can offer tourists lots of sites and outstanding impressions. Besides, it is sunny here almost every day! Cruise Panda will briefly tell you about the main must-see tourist gems of amazing Lisbon!
Represents a magnificent fortification built in the 16th century for the protection of the city from invasions from the sea. Besides, it was used for embarkation and disembarkation and served as a ceremonial gate to the city. It resembles a fairy-tale castle and nowadays is included in the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Used to be a monastery of the Saint-Jerome Order located not far from the Tagus River and the famous Belem parish. The Monastery represents a unique masterpiece of the late-Gothic architectural style and is one of the most visited city sites.
Castelo de St. Jorge
This remarkable majestic castle represents the historical core of the city located on a high hill and is visible from every point. The history of this medieval castle started in the 12th century. It served as the royal residence up to the 16th century.
25 de Abril Bridge
Represents one of the most remarkable bridges in Europe stretching above the Tagus River, leading from Lisbon to Alamada, and resembling the outstanding Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. This is not surprising as both bridges were built by the same bridge-building company (American Bridge Company), besides both of them are located in earthquake-prone areas.
Alongside the Bridge, this city sight reminds San Francisco as well. Authentic wooden trams looking as if they appeared from the 19th century allow you to make a 45-minute journey across the historic part of the city enjoying marvelous views of the window.
Where to Swim in Lisbon
As Lisbon is considered one of the sunniest cities in Europe it attracts tourists not only with its numerous places of interest but also with beautiful picturesque beaches located along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, 20-25 kilometers from the city center. The most popular of them is Praia de Carcavelos, representing a 2 kilometers long area of soft and warm sand. It can be reached by taxi or by railroad (the nearest railway station to the beach is called Carcavelos). Of course, it is worth visiting if your stay in Lisbon will last more than a day.
For those who have already been to Lisbon and have enough time it is worth visiting the city’s interesting outskirts, which are Cascais and Estoril (outstanding lively beach resorts with numerous bars, discotheques, and breathtaking activities) and Sintra (an ancient Portuguese city with rich 11-century history and authentic unforgettable atmosphere).