by Arnaldo Zanonato, Senior Manager, Port Adventures
When the Disney Magic travels from Northern Europe to the Mediterranean later this summer, Disney cruisers will get to explore the fascinating city of Lisbon, Portugal. Perched atop hills overlooking the Tagus River, Lisbon is characterized by broad boulevards, narrow cobblestone streets and amazing architecture.
Lisbon City Tour & Oceanarium – This highlights tour gives you the chance to explore several of the city’s popular locales, including Belém Quarter, the historic section of Lisbon, and Jerónimos Monastery, home of one of the most important maritime museums in Europe given Portugal’s role in the seafaring world. Next is time in Alfama, the oldest and most fascinating district of the city, followed by a visit to Lisbon’s Oceanarium, Europe’s largest indoor aquarium. This Port Adventure is a great mix of fun and history to appeal to all ages of the family.
Sintra & Cascais – A short drive from Lisbon is charming Sintra, a 19th-century town dotted with colorful architecture that is home to what is considered the best preserved medieval Royal Palace in Portugal. After free time to explore the historical palace, or walk the cobblestone streets lined with quaint shops and cafes, your journey continues to the gorgeous Portuguese coastline and the resort town of Cascais for spectacular photo opps and seaside views. We also offer an adult-only departure of this tour, making it the perfect romantic rendezvous for couples.
4X4 Expedition – Our 4×4 expedition is yet another opportunity to visit Sintra, but this one’s for the adventure seekers. After free time in the historic town, you’ll leave paved roads and experience the thrill of off-roading with magnificent views. Your journey will take you to Sintra’s National Park, the country village of Penedo, the cliffs of the westernmost point of mainland Europe and a wine lodge in Colares. Tasting wine and famous Portuguese pastries is the perfect way to end this adventure-filled excursion.
Coming up, I’ll give you my suggestions for what to do in Càdiz, Spain. Remember, when the ship’s in port, venture ashore!
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