Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Portugal has always been a place rich in history. The capital, Lisbon, is undoubtedly a valid reason for taking a trip to Portugal with Costa Cruises. You will visit the Castle, the old Alfama district and walk through the narrow streets of the popular Bairro Alto, so picturesque during the day thanks to its homes decorated with azulejos (typical colored tiles) and in the evening for the busy nightlife. The faces of the people you will meet will remind you of the best 50s neorealist films, thanks to their expressions carved out by the sun and bright, clear eyes. You will reach the Madeira archipelago to trek to the summit of Pico Ariero, which has an amazing view. Costa Cruises has chosen the port of Funchal, with its Botanical Gardens and the picturesque local produce market, to discover the wonders of the island: the ocean views, the terraces along the coast and the interior’s subtropical forests.