Celebrity’s Global Insiders on: Lisbon, Portugal

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With the understanding that knowledge is power, Celebrity teamed up with one of the world’s most influential travel brands, Travel + Leisure, to create a group of savvy travel and lifestyle experts who offer insights on everything from the destinations that Celebrity visits, to the modern luxury vacation experiences they provide. Celebrity’s Global Insiders uncover unique and memorable experiences in key destinations on all seven continents. 

Not only is Lisbon Portugal’s largest city and its capital, but it’s also one of the oldest cities in the world, predating other European capitals like London, Paris and Rome by centuries. The city’s storied past can be explored through its spectacular architecture, which includes Moorish castles, Romanesque cathedrals, and Manueline churches. Top sights include the Monastery of the Hieronymites and Tower of Belém, both of which were built in early 16th century and certified UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

A highly walkable city, Lisbon is easily navigable by foot or the its trolley network, which can transport you everywhere from the cobblestone district of Baixa to the resort cities of Cascais and Estoril. For in-the-know recommendations, consider what Celebrity’s Global Insiders consider to be Lisbon’s “can’t miss” sites and experiences.

 

Julia Dimon CroppedJulia Dimon (Travel columnist and television correspondent)
For an authentic culinary experience in one of Lisbon’s coolest new areas, dine alfresco at the Mercado da Ribeira, Lisbon’s biggest fresh food market. Wander through the kiosks, which offer everything from hand-crafted cheeses, to freshly baked breads and flowers. Grab your food and settle in for a lively lunch at one of their high wooden benches. It’s a great place to soak up a variety of delicious regional Portuguese specialties.

Alicia Ng CroppedAlisa Ng (Founder of ShopLatitude.com)
Principe Real Square is a neighborhood you can’t miss and won’t want to leave. Scattered with cafes, art galleries, and boutiques, this boho barrio is full of life and also home to Lisbon’s coolest two-story concept shop, Embaixada. This palatial neo-Moorish building is filled with over a dozen innovative “mini” boutiques showcasing, jewelry, fashion and home products from many local designers.

Kate Betts CroppedKate Betts (Fashion journalist and award-winning magazine editor)
This is the place to stock up on the beautifully designed and fragrant Claus Porto soaps—particularly the Deco collection with gift boxes that are as fun to give as they are to receive. My favorite scent is cedar, but A Vida Portuguesa, a lovely shop in Lisbon’s Rua Anchieta, sells every scent in addition to some other wonderful beauty, kitchen, and office products.
Kimberly WilsonKimberly Wilson Wetty (Luxury travel expert)
Lisbon is known for their steep hills, so take a ride on their clanking (but charming) old trams to get to the top. My favorite is Tram #28, which passes through the oldest sections of this pretty seaside city.

MARC MURPHY CroppedMarc Murphy (Executive Chef and owner of Benchmarc Restaurants)

Lisbon has a mix of new museums and renovated districts plus plenty of neo – Portuguese restaurants. Start off at the LX Factory, an abandoned manufacturing complex that houses cool art exhibits, fashion and plenty of great cafes. For a treat try Landeau Café which produces only one item, an amazing chocolate cake. After a day of sightseeing, end with a meal at Tasca da Esquina, a restaurant by one of Lisbon’s most celebrated chefs, Vitor Sobral. Don’t skip on sampling many of the small plates for the true essence of Portugal dining.

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