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Has anyone stopped off at Lisbon ?  My cruise will be stopping there for an overnight stay so I'll have plenty of time to explore the city. I believe you can walk off the ship straight into the city from one of the two cruise ports, so hopefully I will be at Santa Apolónia. Is it really worth getting a hop on hop off bus or is it better to mix walking with public transport ? The places I think I need to visit are Baxia, Belem, St Georges castle for the views, narrow streets of Alfama, Rossio square & the Santa Justa Lift. Anyone got any other suggestions ?

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On 10/30/2022 at 6:11 PM, Blue Shirt said:

Has anyone stopped off at Lisbon ?  My cruise will be stopping there for an overnight stay so I'll have plenty of time to explore the city. I believe you can walk off the ship straight into the city from one of the two cruise ports, so hopefully I will be at Santa Apolónia. Is it really worth getting a hop on hop off bus or is it better to mix walking with public transport ? The places I think I need to visit are Baxia, Belem, St Georges castle for the views, narrow streets of Alfama, Rossio square & the Santa Justa Lift. Anyone got any other suggestions ?

Lisbon is a wonderful city, full of incredible history, architecture, lively street life, great food, the famous azulejos Portuguese tiles, and picturesque views.  It sounds like you've got the primary areas all covered.  I will tell you from experience though, that if you try to do all of the points of interest you've outlined, you won't have time in an overnight stay.  Lisbon covers a very large area, and the public transport (the famous trams) are crowded and a haven for pick-pockets.  And, the queues are long in the most popular spots.  For example the Jeronimos Monastery in Belem, we waited in line for almost 2 hours, but it is definitely a must see.

As to the Santa Justa Lift, we skipped this going up the hill as again the line was way too long.  You can walk up a switch-back road that is fairly easy to do, and get to the top of the hill much quicker.  Then take the lift back down as almost no one does that and you can just walk on.  The big highlight for me (in that same area) is the Igreja de São Roque which is the most over-the-top, stunning church you will ever see (and we've seen a lot of them).  Not to be missed.

Have a great time.

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7 hours ago, RoadTravelled said:

The big highlight for me (in that same area) is the Igreja de São Roque which is the most over-the-top, stunning church you will ever see (and we've seen a lot of them).  Not to be missed.

 

Thank you for such good clear information and I have put the church on a short list of "must go there" places. Have taken note about pickpockets on trams & elsewhere. What I am also interested in is .... "what to do in the evening" . Of course there will be some great restaurants to dine in the city, so has anyone got any suggestions for a evening in Lisbon if I decide to stay off the ship ?

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Check out the App  Get Your Guide, check out whats avalable in Lisbon, very affordable, and always do the skip the line, you get served first. Note, we stayed one night in Lisbon, and took a taxi from the cruise port.  There will be hundreds of people trying to get taxis, so plan on waiting a whle, we finally got one after about 45 minutes.

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