Lisbon – capital city of Portugal and fabulous cruise ship destination – lies on the Atlantic Ocean coast where Rio Tejo (the river Tagus) meets the Atlantic Ocean. This makes it the westernmost capital city of mainland Europe.
Unlike other major cities, this is a fabulous city to explore in a day (although it would be really easy to fill several days!). Most cruise ships dock at the Alcantara cruise port which is a short drive from the city centre with its large squares, wide shopping streets and historic lifts to transport you from one level of the city to another. Buses are readily available, or take the train for less than 2 euros in either direction – towards Belem, the monastry and tower, or to the city centre. Whatever you choose to do, make sure you include a tram ride through the steep narrow streets of the old town and eat some Pasteis de Nata – delicious traditional custard tarts. See our guide to find more tips of how to make the most of this fabulous cruise ship destination!