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A Guide to Lisbon

By HarryTuesday 12th May 2015

Céline Colin

Not only is Lisbon the capital city of Portugal, it’s also a destination bursting with fascinating culture, mouth-watering cuisine and stunning scenery. Our brand new ship, Anthem of the Seas, will soon be sailing around the Mediterranean, with the city of Lisbon being one of its first ports of call. If you’re thinking of planning a dream getaway there, we’ve put together a guide to this mesmerising city to help you get inspired for your next holiday in the sun.

Beverly Trayner

Best beaches

Portinho da Arràbida

With crystal clear, turquoise water, this beach is the best place for those of you who love to be in the sea. The warmth from the sun heats the water, making it perfect for a morning swim, or even a snorkelling session with your kids. If you and your family fancy exploring the area, make the most of the towering green hills that shelter the beach, or go crab fishing in the deep rock pools that appear once the tide vanishes.

Sesimbra

If you’re looking for somewhere to sunbathe with an ice-cold drink, or build sandcastles with your kids, with a long stretch of soft golden sand, this is the beach for you. If you want to make the most of the local scenery, enjoy a stroll along the rugged paths, or splash around in the blue-green sea, where you’ll likely spot the darting sea life under the water’s surface. Brian Snelson

Things to do

Oceanário de Lisboa

If, after your morning of snorkelling, you wish to learn more about the ocean, head over to Oceanário de Lisboa, a place that aims to promote knowledge of the ocean, as well as help to preserve it. The entire oceanarium is made up of various aquariums that are filled with fascinating and exotic fish from around the world. One minute you could be face-to-face with a shark, and the next watching colourful fish hurtle past gliding stingrays. There are always plenty of kid-friendly activities to take part in at the oceanarium, which each aim to educate your little ones on the beautiful fish and the importance of nature preservation. Daniel Lobo

Igreja de São Roque

For those of you who love architecture, a visit to the Igreja de São Roque church is a must. One of the earliest Jesuit churches in Portugal, this building may look plain from the outside, but you’ll be simply blown away by its lavish interiors. From the intricately painted ceiling medallion, to the carved golden altars and brass candlesticks, there’s nothing dull about this beautiful place of worship. Between 9:30am and 5:00pm, the church is open to visitors every day, so you’ll be able to wander around this breathtaking place, and really take in the true wonders for yourself.

Food to try

Pastéis de Nata

If you and your kids love a sweet treat as your mid-morning snack, make sure you try a pastéis de nata, a cup-shaped flaky pastry that’s filled with a cinnamon-flavoured egg custard. One of the best and well-known places to buy one of these delectable treats is Pastéis de Belém, a bakery that’s been making these local delights since 1837. Enjoy a pastéis de nata with a steaming cup of Portuguese coffee, as you sit and watch the world go by. Yusuke Kawasaki

Bacalhau

Recognised as the national dish of Portugal, bacalhau can be found at nearly every restaurant in the city of Lisbon, so you’ll have plenty of chances to try it. Bacalhau literally translates as salted cod, and one of the popular ways to enjoy it is as bacalhau à brás, where the salted fish is chopped up with thin slices of fried potato, onions, and blended together with scrambled egg. Once served, it’s usually garnished with black olives and fresh parsley. Daniel Lobo

Feeling inspired?

If our guide has got you excited about planning a trip to Lisbon this year, make sure you check out the other amazing destinations worth exploring too.

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