Lisbon - Portugal
Capital of Portugal and site of the 1998 European Expo, Lisbon sits on the banks of the Tagus River and is a lively and colourful city possessing distinctive character and charm. It is famous for many attractions including the 12th century cathedral, the 1.5 mile long Salazar suspension bridge over the Tagus, the Moorish Belem Tower and the old Moorish Alfama quarter where haunting Fado music can be heard. Lisbon also has a sculpture of the Christos, from which the more famous statue in Rio de Janeiro was copied. Travel further afield to the old mountain town of Sintra, Cabo da Roca, Pena Palace, and to the fashionable beach resorts of Cascais and Estoril. Greek mythology tells the tale that Ulysses founded the city, calling it Olisipo. Others claim that the name is Phoenician, but all agree that it is one of Europe's most fascinating destinations. Throughout its long history, the Celts, Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Visigoths and Moors all ruled for a time, and by the twelfth century it fell under the rule of the Christian Portuguese. As the Portuguese established colonies all over the world during the 15th and 16th centuries, many people from all over the world came to settle in Lisbon. Gradually it grew into a major European city. There are more than 30 cruises calling at this port. Click the month or cruise line logo you are interested in to see details of the cruises.