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Top 4 art destinations to visit by superyacht

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Lisbon

In recent years, Lisbon has been dubbed the next big destination in terms of art and culture. Steeped in history and local traditions, it's myriad of museums, galleries, fine dining restaurants and historical sites will ensure that all city-loving globetrotters leave well satiated.

Where to visit: From your berth in Lisbon Harbour (Porto de Lisboa) walk or take a private car to the nearby Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT). The building, which is a curvaceous and artistic triumph in itself, sits on the waterfront and officially opened its doors to the public on October 5, 2016. The exhibitions are varied, examining topics using almost every medium, from visual arts and cinema to interactive spaces and fine art. Later this year, it will feature the Utopia/Dystopia "manifesto exhibition" featuring more than 60 projects and artworks that offer views on these two narratives.

From here, carry on to the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos. Built over the course of a century from 1501, it is an architectural masterpiece of late Gothic Portuguese design. From here you can easily visit the Torre de Belém, an early 16th century fortified tower built in the same style as the monastery.

Another day, set off from your berth in the opposite direction to visit the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga (MNAA), which is home to a vast public collection of more than 40,000 items. Peruse the historical artefacts, paintings, sculptures gold and silver pieces inside an equally significant building painted in a vibrant lemon yellow. The MNAA is located in the former palace of the first Count of Alvor that was built in the late 17th century. Continue east to the Castelo de São Jorge, an 11th century fortification that acted as the home for royalty and the elite from the 13th century until the 17th century. Finally, take a car up to the Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, to see a diverse range of art collections from all over the world as well as an impressive network of beautiful gardens and perhaps even a classical music concert.

If you're willing to travel slightly further afield, the medieval town of Óbidos north of Lisbon is not to be missed, as over recent years it has been transformed into a literary hub, with bookshops popping up in hotels, restaurants and even the pews of the 13th century Church of Santiago. Unsurprisingly, UNESCO named it a City of Literature in 2015.

Where to eat: A short stroll from the Torre de Belém is Feitoria, a Michelin-starred restaurant with views of the river and three tasting menus of traditional Portuguese cuisine. Alternatively, head to Alma — also Michelin-starred, it offers Asian-inspired tasting menus, each with its own unique twist.

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