Neighborhood sights, Lisbon
The Picoas Metro station is located on the Yellow line, one stop from the Marques de Pombal Station (with Saldanha station to the north.)
I would recommend you get off for a few minutes here at the Picoas Metro Station to enjoy the unique, colorful murals.
My travel mate and I stayed at Hotel Zenit, which was 1 block from the Saldanha station, but sometimes would get out at Picoas just to enjoy the murals and the short walk up Avenida de Melo to our hotel.
The Sao Bento district sees few tourists but there are a couple of interesting sights as well as some excellent ethnic restaurants, many from Portugal's former colonies like Cape Verde, Mozambique, Brazil and Angola.
The house where Amalia Rodrigues, the famous Fado singer, lived is now a museum dedicated to her career. Following her death in 1999 there was three days of national mourning - clearly she was much loved by the portugese people. The museum is on Rua de Sao Bento and is open every day except Monday.
Furter south on the same street is the Palacio da Assembelia, once a monastery, but now home to the portugese parliament.
Principe Real is a nice square west of the Bairro Alto. Most street in the Bairro Alto are narrow and winding so there's a real sense of openness when you reach Prinicipe Real. There are nice houses on all sides of the square as well a relaxing park in the centre. Steps in the middle of the park lead down to the Museu da Agua Principe Real one of the least known museums in the cities.
There are few conventional tourist sights in northern Lisbon and we would have ignored this area altogether had my girlfriend not being staying here for a work conference. This is a mostly resiential area which means you'll find some good value restaurants and bars and see some of the "real" Lisbon. The Moorish style bullring, Praca de Touros, our favourite building in this area.
I don't know the history of Portugale as an expert. All my knowledge is just as many people knows.
In a diferent way, Lisboa remind me many cities of Greece, there where are flowers as main decoration, and the people are not shy to show if are tired, in bad mood, or hapy.
Try to imagine people going for job, living to this small balconies, and maybe many years ago, trying manage a poor life. Now as modern capital, fortunely the old spirit is still there.
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Though Estrela is not too far from Baixa and Bairro Alto, there were very few tourists in this district when we visited. We were returning from the Museo de Arte Antigua and we stopped at the church and gardens. Estrela is about 2km from central Lisbon and it lies on one of Lisbon’s seven hills. The 28 tram passes through the district though it's not too long a walk from town (but there are many hills).
The main sites in this district are the Basilica da Estrela and the nearby Jardim da Estrela. You can see the dome of the Basilica from all over the district. There in no entrance fee to the church though there was a mass beginning when we visited so we didn't get much opportunity to look around.
A difficult to find garden in the streets above Avenida da Liberdade, Jardim do Torel is a quiet, relaxing place with good views over Lisbon. Take Elevador do Lvra at the northern end of Rua das Portas de Santo Antao. There is also an entrance to the park on the nearby Rue do Telhal.
I dont know if this should be in off the beating path, but, If I was not directed by my guide, there is no way I could have located this place on my own. However, I found it to be the most interesting place of all.
I have visited Aquatopia in Belgium twice, but..the one in Lisbon is bigger and more practical. It is a must see if you are visiting this city.
If you are in Lisbon and you like the ocean, there's a day trip you may want to do: the south region of Lisbon, when you cross the bridge. If you are going to Costa da Caparica, a nice village, you should stop in Capuchos, a small village with a beautiful garden and a belvedere. From that belvedere you can look to the Atlantic Ocean, Costa da Caparica, Cabo Espichel, Lisboa, Sintra's Mount and many other places. It's really a worth visit, day and night.
There's a nice little garden next to the Igreja da Estrela, a famous church that tends to draw tourists. The garden is a fantastic place to eat lunch and people-watch. There's always groups of elderly men that come here to play cards or chess. Socializing is essential for longevity...
There are so many beautiful lookouts of the city in such quiet lovely places. The one in the picture is a little park that looks out over Eastern Lisbon - Th Miradouro de Sao Pedro de Alcantara. Great stops after a long walk uphill.
This street is called Rua Augusta and if you can see this view then you will undoubtedly be approached by someone selling sunglasses. Of course he'll try and sell you some but, these are the local soft drug dealers. Don't tell them to '....off'. Polite refusal and a laugh is all you need.
In Principe real area you'll find this beautifull garden with this recently restored fountain. It's a lovelly place to rest while in this area.
I love in Lisbon walk along its avenues as in this pic with my mum! Do it! It's a wonderful experience!