The cruise port of Lisbon
Cruise ship pier location in Lisbon
Officially there are over 5 docking area's for cruise ships in Lisbon: Santa Apolonia, Santa Apolonia Jusante, Jardim do Tabaco, Alcântara and da Rocha. The first three are all within the same area which we will further refer to as Santa Apolonia. The latter two are located close to the famous bridge: Ponte 25 de Abril.
Where exactly you will dock is hard to predict and depends on the size of your ship and the cruise traffic of the day. Ask your cruise company in advance where you will dock. That will make things much easier for you to get into town. Via this link you can already find a forecast.
All docking options are ok and have quite fast and easy connections into Lisbon city center. Docking at Santa Apolonia is the best as you are the closest to the city center. The docking area at da Rocha or Alcântara is about 5 kilometers away from Lissabon city center, but closer to the Belem area, one of the main sights in Lisbon.
Cruise to Lisbon
During a cruise vacation to Portugal, Lisbon is a popular destination. The city is beautifully located along the banks of the Rio Tejo near the Atlantic Coast. A visit of Lisbon is a must but there are also some great places to visit around Lisbon like Sintra or Fatima.
Lisbon Cruise terminal
The cruise port of Lisbon is long and stretched along the Rio Tejo. Cruise ships can dock at 5 different places. The most important docking area's are Santa Apolonia at about 1,5 kilometer from the city center and da Rocha/Alcantara, close to Ponte 25 de Abril. The cruise terminals are modern and are offering all necessary facilities for cruise passangers.
Lisbon Cruise facts
Language in Lisbon
The language in Lisbon is Portuguese, but on touristic spots you can also use English or Spanish.
Currency in Lisbon
The currency in Lisbon is Euro (€). You can find ATM’s along the city.
Opening times in Lisbon
Opening times differ a lot around Portugal, but generally are as follows:
- Monday to Saturday
- from 9.00h - 13.00h
- and 15.00h - 19.00h
On Sundays and holidays shops are closed. Of course there are exceptions
Landmarks and highlights in Lisbon
25 de Abril Bridge
"25th of April Bridge" is the 23rd largest bridge in the world (2,277.64 m long). It was opened 6 August 1966 and is crossing the Tagus river
Alfama Portas do Sol
Alfama Portas do Sol is the oldest district of Lisbon with a lot of restaurants and small shops
Castle of São Jorge
Moorish castle overlooking the historic center of Lisbon
The official name is Mosteiro da Santa Maria de Belém. It's one of the most prominent monuments in Lisbon. Monastery is located in Santa Maria de Belém area. It's a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Praca do Comercio
Commerce Square of Lisbon. It's situated near the Tagus river and was was destroyed in 1755. There is a bronze Statue of King José I
Torre de Belem
Torre de Belem is a fortified tower and a symbol of Lisbon. It is a monument of Portugal's Age of Discovery and a UNESCO World Heritage monument.
Getting around in Lisbon
To reach the city center of Lisbon from the cruise port is easy but the mode of transport highly depends on where exactly you will dock. Sometimes you can easily go on foot. Good alternatives are the metro or train. Once in the center you will find most sights within walking distance from each other. Only the Belem district is far away from the city center.
Shore excursions around Lisbon
A thorough exploration of Lisbon will take a whole day and even then you will have to focus on the most important sigts. Some cruise passengers opt for an excursion outside Lisbon to places like Sintra or Fatima.
Weather in Lisbon
Lisbon has a warm Mediterranean climate with dry summers and humid winters. The average annual temperature in Leixoes in summer is between 25°C and 30°C and in winter is between 6°C and 12°C.
Lisbon Tourist information
At Praca do Comercio square you can find the Lisbon Tourist Office. You can get a free city map.
Cruises to Lisbon
The following cruise lines offer itineraries and schedules to and from Lisbon:AIDA, Azamara, Celebrity, Costa, Cruise & Maritime, Cunard, Disney, Fred Olsen, HAL, Marella, MSC, NCL, Oceania, P & O, Phoenix Reisen, Princess, Pullmantur, Royal Caribbean, Saga, Seabourn, SeaDream, Silversea, Star Clippers, TUI