Surrounded by the Tagus river on the east, Lisbon is situated just inland from the Atlantic coast and has been the Portuguese capital since 1256, when Afonso III recognised the city’s excellent port and its strategic central position. Arguably the city that shaped the modern world, Scenic guests can explore this charming coastal city as part of our 11-day Unforgettable Douro itinerary with three-night Lisbon extension.
A guided city tour unveils a treasure trove of experiences, as the quaint Alfama district with its steep, narrow, cobblestoned streets offers a glimpse into traditional Lisbon. The 11th century São Jorge Castle is an architectural delight that provides mesmerising views over the city. For an especially unique experience, traverse the castle’s wall to its accompanying gardens where you will discover a converted Tuk- Tuk that sells a delicious selection of wine to supplement arguably the best view over the pastel-coloured buildings.
You mustn’t miss the delightful Belem district to the west of the city, the location for many of the capital’s most iconic tourist attractions, including the Padrao dos Descobrimentos monument, Torre de Belem and the extravagant Mosteiro dos Jeronimos.
Scenic Freechoice invites you to venture a little further out to enjoy a tour of the picturesque former fishing village, Cascais. Alternatively, those looking for a more active experience can climb to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed hilltop town of Sintra and visit the royal palace, which was constructed in the early 15th century.
Lisbon offers some of the best cuisine in Europe. The three-floored Cervejaria Ramiro is an exquisite example of authentic Portuguese dining and affirms its stance as Lisbon’s premier seafood restaurant. A boundless choice of Mediterranean delicacies served by attentive staff within a friendly atmosphere, is something that has become synonymous with the city. And, those with a sweet tooth should venture to the iconic Antiga Confeitaria de Belém to sample the delicious pastéis de nata, or egg tart.
For those who are looking for something a bit different, arrive early and secure a spot at Park, a distinctive urban project that has seen the top floor of a seventh story car-park transformed into a garden terrace roof-top bar. With endless lines of plants and patio, this idyllic oasis peers down on Lisbon, offering a beautiful platform for sunsetchasers and star-gazers alike.
The perfect introduction to an itinerary designed to celebrate Portugal in all its glory.