Places to Visit in Lisbon

Torre de Belém

(This is a compilation of Lisbon Places and its surrounding areas to add to the Clarice app)


Lisbon

Lisbon is the capital of Portugal and it’s inhabited by over 550,000 people.

It’s the second oldest city in Europe, dating back to pre-roman times, ahead of other capital cities like London and Paris!

It was here that Vasco da Gama, Magellan and Prince Henry the Navigator set off for their world discoveries and thanks to them the Portuguese empire spread to Brazil, Macao, India and a few other countries.

Enjoy the Mediterranean climate of this seven-hills city, visit the historical monuments, try the traditional sweets or enjoy a walk by the Tagus river, sunny Lisbon is always ready to welcome new visitors!

Lisbon Downtown

The Lisbon Downtown is commonly known as Baixa Pombalina, named after Marquis of Pombal, who was responsible for the city’s rennovation after the 1755’s devasting earthquake.

This central area stretches from the Tagus River to Avenida da Liberdade.

Baixa combines both the shopping and banking districts and it’s one of the most visited spots in Lisbon!

For a view of this splendid neighbourhood go up to the Arch in Rua Augusta.

Belém

This area gathers the finest monuments in Lisbon, from the historical buildings like the Jeronimos Monastery and the Belém Tower, to the modern Berardo Museum inside Centro Cultural de Belém, featuring great pieces of contemporary artwork.

Belém was the starting point for many world expeditions, including Vasco da Gama’s route to India!

The custard tarts known as “Pastéis de Belém” are among the best pastries in the world and the original ones are at the Antiga Confeitaria de Belém.

Sintra

Home to one of the most beautiful palaces in Portugal, Sintra is a land of mystery and natural beauty.

Tourists from all over the world come to experience this UNESCO’s World Heritage Site.

The cool temperatures attracted the elite members in the 14th century, who established themselves in Sintra during the summer.

Get the train in Rossio and you’ll find yourself in Sintra in just 40 minutes!

Have breakfast in the historic centre, go for a stroll in Quinta da Regaleira, enjoy the Romantic architecture of the Pena Palace and the view from the Moorish castle are a few things you should do while you’re in Sintra.

Monsanto

The Forest Park in Monsanto is the largest green space in Lisbon!

The park provides several sports facilities like two tennis courts and trails for runners and bikers.

A delight for the nature lovers, Monsanto has an outstanding view of Lisbon and it’s a great setting for family picnics!

Boulangerie Costes

Boulangerie Costes is your go-to place for delicious French treats in Lisbon!

Croissants, apple chaussons and pains au chocolat are a few mouth-watering sweets available at this café.

The “Tourage” butter is the main ingredient used in this bakery. “Tourage” is a typically French butter that gives a unique taste to these famous specialities.

During the weekend, the Boulangerie Costes also offers a special menu of cheeses and sausages accompanied by a nice glass of red, white or rosé wine!

At the moment the Boulangerie is set on two different locations, just take your pick between:

Rua Bartolomeu da Costa, 20
1170-048 Lisboa

or

Rua Passos Manuel 9
1150-020 Lisboa

MAAT – Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology

A project of the EDP Foundation, the MAAT – Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology will open its doors by the end of 2016.

Designed by the Amanda Levete Architects, this new building will bring a modern flair to the historical neighborhood of Belém!

Visual arts, architecture, technology and science are all connected in this astonishing museum that will focus on contemporary and international programming.

MAAT is already hosting four exhibitions in a temporary building close to the Electricity Museum: Lightopia (the use of electric light in artistic fields); Segunda Natureza (artistic representations of nature); Edgar Martins (photo exhibition) and the Artist’s Film International (film and animation exhibition).

Get your daily dose of art and relax by the waterfront when you’re done!

Palácio do Chiado

This 19th century palace has housed aristocrats, a museum and even an arts university, before it became the next gastronomy trend in Lisbon!

Formerly known as Palácio Quintela, the palace underwent restoration work in 2014 and finally opened its doors as Palácio do Chiado in 2016.

Today the venue is occupied by 7 different restaurants, with a menu that ranges from sushi (one of the best in the world) to burgers!

While the food draws many people here, the space itself is worth admiring. There is a golden lion hanging on the first floor’s ceiling, beautiful stained glass and many eye-catching frescos…

Chão do Loureiro Car Park

Chão do Loureiro is mostly recognized as one of Lisbon’s viewpoints. But below this wonderful setting, there is a car park full of street art!

EMEL (a company that owns most car parks in Portugal) together with the City Council invited 5 urban artists to leave their mark along the 5 floors of the park.

Miguel Januário, Mar, Nomen, Paulo Arraiano and Ram were the names selected to turn this ordinary space into a beautiful street art gallery!

Abysmo Gallery

Ring the ground floor on Rua Horta Seca, 40 and the doors will open to this small art gallery!

With temporary exhibitions throughout the year, Abysmo’s walls are always covered with illustrations and the shelfs are filled with books that you can take home with you, so don’t forget to bring your wallet.

CARPE DIEM Arte e Pesquisa

Relax and seize the day at this unique art gallery!

In 2009 CARPE DIEM took over an old 17th century palace and turn it into one of the best cultural spots in Lisbon.

From art exhibits, to workshops and movie sessions, this venue does it all!

In the summer you can grab a drink at the café and enjoy it at their outdoor patio, a nice retreat away from the touristy sites.

The gallery is open from 1pm-7pm, Wednesday to Saturday, but the timing might change if there is any special events, so keep an eye on their agenda!

Club Noir

If you’re into Alternative 80’s, Metal and Goth music, Club Noir is the place for you.

Most parties only cost 2 euros, so bring your friends along and get on the dance floor!

The club is open Fridays, Saturdays and the eve of public holidays.

Feira das Almas

Trendsetters and DIY fans will love Feira das Almas!

Born in 2012, this alternative market takes place on the first Saturday of each month at Taberna das Almas in Anjos, Lisbon.

From vintage items, to illustrations and unique clothing, you’re bound to find something special at Feira das Almas.

The stalls are represented by young designers that come here to show off their creations.

Have something unique to sell? Just sign up for their next event and good luck on your sales!

Algés Craft & Flea Market

On the last Sunday of every month, Algés hosts their own flea market!

Old cameras,  vinyls and all sorts of second-hand items are on sale for a bargain price.

The market starts at 8am and goes on until 6pm.

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