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Lisbon's Arco Triunful de rua Augusta
Lisbon's Arco Triunful de rua Augusta

Lisbon, Portugal Port Information
Tom Ogg

Entry Requirements
Language and Currency
What is Lisbon Like?
What is the Weather Like?
Where Does the Ship Dock?
Where is the Shopping?
What is There to Buy?
What is There To Do?
Is There Anything of a “Don’t Miss Quality?
Are There Any Great Restaurants or Bars?

Lisbon, Portugal Port Reviews

Entry Requirements

A current passport is necessary, but no visa is required for stays less than 90 days.

Language and Currency

The official language of Portugal is Portuguese, however some English is spoken in the tourist areas. Spanish is widely spoken for those that speak some Spanish. The currency in Portugal is the euro and dollars are rarely accepted.

What is Lisbon like?

One o9f the Outdoor Cafes on rue Agusta

Lisbon is Portugal’s largest city and is the capital of Portugal. It dates back some two centuries BC. While Lisbon has modern areas with long wide boulevards shaded with large trees, gardens and lavish residential areas, it also offers a wonderful old section that is built on its terraced hillsides. Lisbon is both ancient and modern and offers superb shopping and sightseeing

What is the weather like?

The best time to visit Lisbon is from June through September when Lisbon experiences mild temperatures (mid 70s to mid 80s) and little rain.

Where does the ship dock?

Ships dock at the port of Lisbon close to the downtown area and about 4 miles from the old section of Lisbon. The ship is also quite close to the Lisbon International airport (about 15 euro by taxi) for those either embarking or debarking in Lisbon.

Where is the shopping?

Lisbon's Main Shopping Streets is rua Agusta
One of Lisbon's Main Shopping Streets is rua Agusta

For the best shopping, head for the old section of Lisbon. Enter under the Arco Triunful de rua Augusta (where your taxi will probably drop you) and you will be on one of the main pedestrian shopping streets (rua Agusta).

One of Lisbon's Many Squares

Follow this street inland to the first large square and you will find yourself at the center of shopping streets in every direction. There are numerous small shops selling local crafts and products.

What is there to buy?

Port wine. Lisbon is home of numerous wine shops offering the best in Portuguese port and other wines, as well as some excellent Italian wines also. Women and men’s fashions are everywhere as are shoe stores and other leather products. Prices in Portugal are much lower than in France for the same products and many of the same stores that are in France have locations in Lisbon. If you are going to be clothes shopping, Lisbon is the place to do it.

What is there to do?

Without question, take the free shuttle, the streetcar or a taxi to the Arco Triunful de rua Augusta, enter the old section and explore its shopping streets and hillside attractions. You can get a map from the tourist information center in the cruise ship terminal, which should have a walking tour of the old section mapped out for you.

St. George's Castle as seen from the Barrio Alta
St. George's Castle (on top of the hill) as seen from the Barrio Alta

Of course, a hike up to the remnants of St. George's Castle is well worth the investment of energy and time as the views of Lisbon are spectacular. If you have been to Lisbon before try heading out to the villages on the Atlantic Ocean. Sinta is especially beautiful and offers incredible beauty among its narrow and winding medieval streets with lots of charming shops and boutiques. Most ships offer day long trips to Fatima, which is extremely interesting if you are into religious history.

Lisbon's Monument to Discoveries

Also, Don't miss the cruise down the Tagus River to the Atlantic Ocean when leaving Lisbon, as it is simply breathtaking. Once clearing the high bridge ( The Vasco da Gama Bridge) you will see the huge Monument of Discoveries on the north side of the river. As you reach the open ocean, look on the same side of the outlet for the awe inspiring Tower of Belém.

Is there anything of “Don’t Miss” quality?

Yes, don't miss strolling throughout Lisbon's wonderful old section.

Are there any great restaurants or bars?

Not that I know of, but I am sure that there are some. Know of any?

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