Uncovering authentic local finds and having experiences that make you feel like you’ve really connected with a place are important elements in ensuring an extraordinary vacation. We’re taking advantage of our partnership with Travel + Leisure to get their editors’ recommendations and insider tips on the places you will want to visit. Here are their picks for just one of the 150 destinations they covered.
Since beginning operations in 1873-cars were originally pulled by horses-Lisbon's brightly colored trams have transported locals and visitors up and down the twisting tiled streets. The best line for sightseeing is No. 28, which makes stops in the city's oldest neighborhoods, such as Baixa and Bairro Alto.
Museu Nacional do Azulejo
Decorative azulejo tiles, long an important artistic medium in Portugal, are on view by the thousands at this museum housed in a former convent. Keep an eye out for the blue-and-white masterpieces that date back to the 17th century and continue to influence Lisbon's tile work today.
Pastéis de Belém
Since 1837, customers have been lining up outside the pastelaria next to the Jeronimos Monastery waiting for their pastel de Belém-custard tarts made with phyllo dough and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. More than 12,000 of these pastries are sold every day, in addition to fruit bread, love cakes, and pumpkin jam. The café, with its white tiled floors, blue counters, and 18th-century azulejo panels, is large, but it can still be hard to find a seat; tarts can be taken to go in special paper tubes.
Be sure to visit our Shore Excursions page or speak with our onboard Destination Concierge for arrangements to any of these must-sees.
To learn more about this exciting port, please refer to our Port Explorer guide.