Discover Lisbon from Land and a River Cruise
Lisbon is by far one of the most vibrant cities in Europe. It combines its rich history and traditional heritage with first-world modernism and progressive thinking. As a holiday destination for your family, it offers you varied, rich history, a warm, year-round climate, buzzing nightlife, and the ability to tour the city on land and water. Here are the amazing sights to see in Lisbon with a river cruise Portugal tour.
River Tagus Cruise around Lisbon
River Targus is one of the most beautiful rivers across p Portugal. It is also a great river where families can relax on river cruises across Lisbon. Give your family a cruise of a lifetime by booking one of the modern boats for a tour across the city. Here are some of the incredible sights you will come across in the city.
Praca do Comercio
Praca do Comercio means Square of Commerce and is one of the popular venues across the city. From a vantage location on Tagus River, you can enjoy unlimited views of the equestrian statue of King Dom Jose I. You will also view Arc de Triomphe, which faces the Rua Augusta. Carry your cameras to capture everything, including the opulent arcades installed in place of the destroyed royal palace.
Ponte 25 de Abril
Visit and view the world’s third-largest suspension bridge that extends to a whopping 2,278 metres. Your family gets to watch the vehicles and trains pass at different levels. It is an amazing sight to behold, even from a distance. The bridge extends into the countryside at a length of 3.2 kilometres.
Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT)
The MAAT is a futuristic building that opened its doors in 2016. It features exhibitions from architects and contemporary artists from around the globe. This building covers an area of 3,000 square metres and has space for debate, critical questions, and discoveries. From the water, you can view the majestic building and enjoy the different moods conveyed by the façade
Padrão dos Descobrimentos
Padrão dos Descobrimentos is called the Monument of Discoveries in English. It was established 500 ago after Prince Henry the Navigator died. The statue faces the water to honour his commitment to funding voyages around the globe, the key to the country’s historical maritime power. You will see the top of the building.
Sanctuary of Christ the King
Another big statute is the Christ the King Sanctuary that faces Lisbon and Ponte 25 de Abril with the arms open. Its pedestal stands a whopping 75 metres, and the figure is 28 metres. It is modelled after a similar statue in Rio de Janeiro in 1959.
A Trips around Lisbon via Bus
After a beautiful time with the family on the river, hop on a bus and tour the rest of Lisbon in style. There are several amazing sights and experiences to enjoy across Lisbon with your family. Here are some.
Alfama is located on a hill overlooking the mouth of the Tagus River. It is the oldest neighborhood in the city that has existed in the last 1,000 years. You’ll enjoy the charm of the village as you grab a bite from the food vendors along the way. Nearby is Castelo Sa Jorge, a castle that has also existed for about 1,000 years.
Torre de Belem
The Belem Tower is a 16th-century fortification used by Portuguese explorers when they returned to the country after their sea voyages. It has a beautiful Portuguese Manueline style and other techniques used in the period. The structure is made with lioz limestone, which looks great outside.
Next to the fortification is a lighthouse that carries the same name. It stretches around eight metres into the sky. Interestingly, the lighthouse was built in 1940, the 800th anniversary of the founding of the country of Portugal. Therefore, it has never functioned as a lighthouse. However, it remains a fantastic structure with contrasting earth and cream colours from metres away. Both the lighthouse and Torre de Belem are visible from the river too.
Are you ready to experience the best that Lisbon has to offer for the whole family? Enjoy an amazing river cruise on the Targus River. There is plenty of fun for the whole family and you can see details of the places mentioned above that can only be noticed from a distance. With the country’s great warm weather, you’re sure to catch every detail that makes your visit worthwhile. What’s your plan for your next vacation? River cruising Portugal is the way to go!