Porto de Lisboa in Portugal
Cruise ships in Lisbon dock along the Tagus River at either Santa Apolonia (Alfama) piers with the new Jardim do Tabaco cruise terminal JTQ, at the commercial port and passenger terminal of Doca de Alcantara TPA or at da Rocha.
All cruise ship terminals are located within easy reach of the historical and cultural centre of Lisbon, close to restaurants, excellent shopping and great value hotels.
Cruise lines operating from the port include MSC Cruises, Royal Caribbean RCL, Oceania, and Crystal. Itineraries vary from cruises to the Mediterranean (Barcelona, Civitavecchia Rome), to the Canary Islands, to the UK (Southampton), and transatlantic cruises to Rio de Janeiro, the Caribbean and Miami in Florida.
APL – Administração do Porto de Lisboa, S.A.
Rua da Junqueira, 94
1349-026 Lisboa, Portugal
phone: +351 21 361 10 00
Cruise Passenger Terminals – Piers
Alcântara (TPA) – da Rocha
The cruise terminal of Doca de Alcantara/Da Rocha lies close to the famous Ponte 25 de Abril bridge (looks like San Francisco’s Golden Gate bridge), approximately 2 miles or 3,5 km from the city centre in the Alcantara district. Two vessels simultaneously can berth here at either Alcantara or Da Rocha piers.
Both quays can be reached from your hotel via taxi, by using train line Cascais-Cais do Sodré or the bus. The city centre and main tourist attractions are 15 minutes away.
Santa Apolonia (or Alfama) is the newer port conveniently located next to Alfama, one of Lisbon’s oldest and quaintest neighbourhoods. The port can be reached on foot, metro or by taxi from the city centre (1km). Ships can dock at 3 berths ; Santa Apolonia, Santa Apolonia Jusante, and Jardim do Tabaco quay.
Lisbon Cruise Terminal (LCT)
The new Lisbon cruise terminals A and B will be operational by the end of 2014.
A new facility is currently being build at the Jardim do Tobaco quay and will become together with the existing Santa Apolonia Cruise Terminal, Lisbon’s new cruise terminal.
Nearest airport – Portela International
Lisboa Portela International Airport LIS — Portela airport is the main international airport of Lisbon in Portugal, located on the north edge of the city, 20 to 30 minutes away from the city center and piers (depending on traffic).
Taxis are available 24 hours a day. Just exit the airport terminal. You can also reserve a shuttle service or take the Aerobus Shuttle from Portela Airport to downtown.
Westernmost city in continental Europe
Lisbon or Lisboa is the capital city of Portugal. It’s the westernmost capital city and one of the oldest in Europe.
This beautiful and lively city has a rich cultural history, boasts many historical monuments, elegant squares with open air cafes, great seafood restaurants, shopping centres and many newly built hotels.
Cruise ships enter the river Tagus from the Atlantic Ocean, which is appoximately 6 miles away from the city centre. When entering Lisbon you will pass the gigantic Christ King or Cristo Rei statue which overlook the city from the Tagus River.
A nice way to explore the city is by taking one of Lisbon’s iconic narrow yellow trams. Take route 28 and you will pass most of the city’s main tourist sights. Stroll along the narrow medieval streets and small shops of the Bairro Alto and Alfama area, the old quarters of the city and admire the decorative tiled building façades. Barrio Alto is a very lively neighborhood, famous for its nightlife and it can be a bit more noisy. In Barrio Alto you can hang out in the bars, listen to Fado or other live music and have a great dinner.
Take time to sip on a glass of Port wine, or listen to fado music from one of Lisbon’s outdoor terraces. Well worth a visit is Praça do Comercio, one of the most stunning squares in Europe. Take a nice walk along the riverfront to Belem, to the west of Lisbon’s city center.
Belem is home to the famous Torre de Belem, a monument of Portugal’s Age of Discovery and a UNESCO World Heritage monument. Nearby is Mosteiro dos Jeronimos (Monastery of St. Jerome), one of the most prominent monuments in Lisbon and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Venture out of the city to the sumptuous “Versailles” of Portugal, Palacio Nacional de Queluz, to the spirituality of the holy city of Fatima where the Virgin Mary appeared in a vision in 1917, to Sintra with its elaborate Moorish Castle, or enjoy the nearby beach resorts of Estoril and Cascais.
Many first class, well priced (affordable or moderate) hotels can be found all over Lisbon esp. in the city centre. Popular are b&b’s.
Many excellent properties are also located on or just off Avenida da Liberdade, an easy walk to Restauradores, Rossio and Baixa. Avenida da Liberdade or Liberty Avenue is a beautiful 19th century street in the middle of everything, within walking distance of much of central Lisbon. Three metro stations are located along the avenue; Restauradores, Avenida and Marques de Pombal.
Hotels in Lisbon
The currency of Portugal is the Euro (€). ATM’s are found all over the city.
Portuguese is the language of Lisboa Portugal. English and Spanish is spoken in tourist areas.