Virtuoso Voyages Directory - 2017-2018 - 180
Clockwise from top: Torre of Belém;
Óbidos cityscape; Pastéis de nata.
Rising star: Portugal's old-world capital heats up
Enchanting energy and cultural riches make Lisbon one of Europe's most satisfying destinations.
Here, global brands haven't taken over as they have in many other capital cities. Homes are charmingly imperfect,
adorned with crumbling glazed tiles. Tiny bars on cobblestoned streets are just as full as the Mercado da Ribeira, a historic
produce hall that has been reborn as Lisbon's most convivial, delicious hot spot.
At the market, try petiscos, the Portuguese equivalent of Spanish tapas, or a prego (steak sandwich) served on freshly
baked round bread. Outside the market, try Lisbon's beloved pastéis de nata (tiny, buttery custard tarts) at Manteigaria
in the city center, a locals-only experience. Portugal's food has always been rooted in simple cooking techniques and the
best ingredients, but there has never been a better time to experience modern Portuguese food.
The city's tourist draws include Castelo de São Jorge, a centuries-old castle on a hill in the center of the city, but the best
way to fall in love with Lisbon is by exploring its beautiful, colorful areas: the winding streets of Alfama, the buzzy LX
Factory under the iconic 25th of April Bridge, and the charming Chiado and Bairro Alto neighborhoods.
Our Virtuoso shore experience includes a visit to nearby Óbidos, a beautifully preserved town with a fourteenth-century
wall, and a special lunch.