BOTANICAL GARDEN, (Museu Nacional de História Natural e da Ciência) an enchanting tropical garden in the middle of Príncipe Real – Rua da Escola Politécnica, 56;
MIRADOURO DE SÃO PEDRO DE ALCÂNTARA, a garden with an astonishing panoramic view over Lisbon;
SÃO ROQUE CHURCH AND MUSEUM, the world’s most expensive chapel – Largo Trindade Coelho, Bairro Alto 10AM-5PM (Closed Mondays);
CAMÕES SQUARE, Lisbon’s meeting place;
CHIADO MUSEUM, The national gallery of contemporary art – Rua Serpa Pinto, 4-6, Chiado
SÃO CARLOS THEATER, Lisbon’s Opera – Rua Serpa Pinto, 9, Chiado.
CARMO CONVENT, Romantic Gothic ruins – Largo do Carmo, Chiado
PATRIARCAL RESERVOIR AND CHANNEL OF LORETO, Lisbon’s underground water channels
Patriarcal Reservoir – The Patriarcal Reservoir, also known as the Praça de D. Pedro V Reservoir, is located underground, beneath the Príncipe Real garden.
The reservoir, built between 1860 and 1864, was designed to supply the downtown area of Lisbon. Its octagon shape matches the polygon represented by the iron fencing around the lake that lies over the water deposit at the centre of the Príncipe Real garden.
Meeting in the Príncipe Real’s garden
MIRADOURO SANTA CATARINA (ADAMASTOR) – A terrace with a view – Rua de Santa Catarina
Everything at a walking distance:
Miradouro de Santa Catarina 1.6 km (12 min walking)
Miradouro S. Pedro de alcântara 600 mt (5 min walking)
Chiado Museum 1 Km (14 min walking)
São Roque Church and museum 650 mt (9 min walking)
Botanical garden 550 mt (3 min walking)
Carmo’s Arqueologic Museum 1 km (14 min walking)
National Theatre and Opera of São Carlos 1.2 km (18 min walking)
Rua da Rosa 400 mt (5 min walking)
Places around Lisbon that you can’t miss:
Sintra is a picturesque Portuguese town that is set amidst the pine covered hills of the Serra de Sintra, just to the west of Lisbon. This slightly cooler climate attracted the nobility and elite of Portugal, who constructed exquisite palaces, extravagant residences and decorative gardens. The variety of fascinating monuments and historical buildings makes Sintra a highly regarded tourist destination and is a popular day trip from Lisbon.
> From Lisbon: you can reach Sintra by train taking it in ROSSIO Train Station. Sintra lies 25 km to the west of Lisbon and the railway is the recommended means of transport. The train journey takes 30 min and the historic centre of Sintra is the final station on the railway.
> From Cascais: Sintra lies 17km north of Cascais and is connected by both rail and road public transport. The rail route is impractical as it requires two journeys; one from Cascais to Lisbon and a second from Lisbon to Sintra. The Cascais-Sintra bus route is direct and is the recommended means of travel between the two tourist towns.
There are two bus services which connect Cascais to Sintra, service number 403 and 417. Cascais bus 417 is the faster route, taking only 30 minutes to travel to Sintra. Bus 403 is much slower requiring a whole hour but the service follows a much more scenic and coastal route.
More info here
The Sintra tourist bus service is operated by the Scotturb bus company.
> Places to visit in Sintra:
- Visit the gorgeous National Palace of Pena and the Sintra’s National Palace;
- Visit the mysterious Quinta da Regaleira;
- Visit Monserrate Palace;
- Visit the Moorish Castle, Convent of Capuchos and The National Palace of Queluz
- Take a walk at pittoresque Sintra’s village and eat travesseiros and queijadas, very typical desserts.
- Go to Cabo da Roca, the most westerly point of mainland Europe, thought to be the end of the known world in the 14th century. The region is of dramatic landscapes, 150m high cliffs fall away to raging seas and the entire region is buffeted by strong winds.
* Cascais and Estoril Coast
Cascais is a charming Portuguese fishing town that is situated on the western edge of the Lisbon coastline. The town combines a fascinating history, wonderful beaches and a lively, social atmosphere.
Unlike many other Mediterranean beach resorts, which suddenly sprung up with the advent of mass tourism, Cascais has been established as a holiday destination since the early 19th century. Historically Cascais was a minor fishing port but this was transformed when King Fernando II (1816-1885) proclaimed Cascais as his preferred destination for his summer retreat.
Known as “The Town of Kings and Fishes”, this trend of high-society has continued through to the present day, with many of Lisbon’s rich and famous living within the vicinity of Cascais, and providing the region with a prosperous and sophisticated atmosphere.
(You can reach Cascais and Estoril by train taking it in CAIS DO SODRÉ Train Station)
> Places to visit in Cascais:
- Visit Boca do Inferno;
- Go to Guincho Beach, a surfer’s, windsurfer’s and kitesurfer’s paradise;
- Cascais village center, full of Irish pubs, good restaurants and an lively atmosphere. It has a great view over the bay, beautiful during the day and by night.
- Estoril’s Casino
* South coast of Lisbon
The statue of Cristo-Rei is one of Lisbon’s most iconic and prominent landmarks that stands on the southern bank of the River Tagus. From the high pedestal the statue of Christ has his arms out-stretched as if in a motion of blessing Lisbon. For visitors the viewing platform at the base of the statue provides amazing views over Lisbon and the visit can be combined with a ferry ride across the river.
Inside the statue an express elevator whisks visitors to the observation platform, at 82m, just below the main statue and it is from here that some of the greatest views of Lisbon can be had. The statue and views from Cristo-Rei are often the sole reason that tourists cross to the southern bank of Lisbon so only visit when the weather is clear and bright.
The Costa da Caparica coastline is a stunning continuous beach that extends for over 30km along the length of the Setubal Peninsula. The major resort town is to the north of the peninsula and is also called Costa da Caparica. The resort is popular with Portuguese tourists who flock here during the summer months either on holiday or as a day trip from Lisbon.
Costa da Caparica is a popular day trip from Lisbon as the beach offers a continuous 30km stretch of golden sands with waves that are ideal for surfing. Costa Da Caparica beaches make for a suitable alternative beach to the Cascais/Estoril coastline and Caparica is connected to Lisbon by a regular and inexpensive public transport network.
Info for transportation Lisbon-Costa da Caparica here