Distrito de Lisboa Things to Do

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Distrito de Lisboa Things to Do

  • Churches and monasteries

    Lisbon Things to Do

    I was pleased to find that excavation at the rear of the cathedral had continued since my last visit in 2008. In consequence, the site is much easier to interpret. There are information boards in English and walkways above the excavations, so you can get excellent views of what once was. The dig goes deep enough to expose some of the pre-Roman...

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  • Quinta da Regaleira

    5 out of 5 stars

    Sintra Things to Do

    "Man of scientific spirit, very large culture and rare sensibility...", is what I read in the leaflet received at the entrance of the park, about the man who conceived the place. I can't follow him! I find no harmony, no connection between the buildings, no rationality at all. Maybe... that's the idea. It's not easy to classify the place, but it...

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  • Boca do Inferno

    4 out of 5 stars

    Cascais Things to Do

    This deep crevice in the rocky coast near Cascais is a popular draw for tourists, although I personally failed to see why. Maybe the weather was just too nice and the sea too calm when I visited. In fact it looked rather tranquil, quite a letdown considering its name translated into English is 'The Mouth of Hell'! Furthermore, a number of...

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  • Plazas and squares

    Lisbon Things to Do

    Lisbon's walls are full of graffiti, but there are quite a few corners in the city where the graffiti is more than just unreadable tags and "ACAB" messages. One of them is the Escadinhas de São Cristovão, a small passage connecting Rua da Madalena and Largo São Cristovão. On the walls you can find images of fado, Portugal's music export no.1, as...

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  • Palácio da Pena - Pena Palace

    Sintra Things to Do

    The most strange element in the complex mixture that is this palace, is the door with the Triton. Willing to represent the world's creation, this door is the theme for the longest talking of the local guides about mythology... the four elements... the king...

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  • Fishing Harbour

    Cascais Things to Do

    Cascais has a large population of fishermen and small fishing boats dot the sea around the harbour. There is also a beach next to the harbour, the Praia de Pescadores, but I personally did not want to bathe there. The air smelled very strongly of the fishing baskets and the beach appeared to be more popular with locals than with tourists. Maybe the...

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  • Castles and palaces

    Lisbon Things to Do

    Despite the fact that the 11th-century Castelo de São Jorge is considered one of Lisbon's most spectacular sights, I was somewhat disappointed by parts of it. First of all, this was due to the rather high entrance fee (€ 7,50). Second, the castle is very crowded. Third, there is not exactly that much to see, just a few walls. However, you do have...

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  • Castelo dos Mouros - Moorish Castle

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Sintra Things to Do

    It's nice to see the castle from the city, and its nice to see the views from the castle. But, compared with the other highlights of Sintra, I can't say that it deserves the 3.50 € charged at the entrance. If you have time, and being so close to the "obligatory" palace of Pena, you may include it in your plans. But there are plenty of more...

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  • Conde Gastro Guimaraes Museum

    Cascais Things to Do

    The Counts of Castro Guimarães Palace was constructed in 1890. It's located at the Santa Marta Cove, close to the sea. In 1924 the buiding was transformed into the Cascais Municipal Museum. Inside art is displayed and rich Indo-Portuguese furniture. The library has over 25,000 books, some from the XVII century. In the garden at the right of the...

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  • Belém

    Lisbon Things to Do

    The Monument to the Discoveries (in Portuguese “Padrão do Descobrimentos”), created by Cottinelli Telmo (1897–1948) and the sculptor Leopoldo de Almeida (1898–1975), was first erected in 1940, in a temporary form, as part of the Portuguese World Exhibition. Built with perishable materials, it had a light iron and cement frame, while the moulded...

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  • Palácio Nacional de Sintra - Sintra...

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Sintra Things to Do

    You must be very attentive when visiting this palace: it is not a common work, but a odd collection of works, for more than 500 years. In this single monument you may find medieval, gothic, manueline, renaissance and romantic styles in adjacent structures, combined with decorations using sculpture, tiles or paintings. The two big chimneys...

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  • Casa de Santa Maria

    Cascais Things to Do

    Casa de Santa Maria was designed by architect Raul Lino and build in 1902. This true mediterranean building with Arab influences is open to the public. No admission fee. Visiting hours: Tu-Su: 10AM - 1PM and 2PM - 5PM

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  • Day trips: Sintra, Cascais, Estoril...

    Lisbon Things to Do

    The Palace of Pena stands atop a rocky peak, which is the second highest point in the Sintra hills (the only place higher than the palace itself is the Cruz Alta, 528 metres above sea level). The palace is situated in the eastern part of the Park of Pena, which one has to pass through to reach the steep ramp built by the Baron of Eschwege that...

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  • Monserrate Palace

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Sintra Things to Do

    Once the summer residence of Francis Cook, the beautiful Monserrate palace was surrounded by a great garden and forest, taking advantage of the favorable climatic conditions. Always improved year after year since the 19th century, it is now a national monument. Palace and park may be visited in several ways, isolated or combining other visits in...

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  • Beach

    Cascais Things to Do

    As Cascais is on the coast, it's known as a beach town. The beach is nice and though I didn't go, several VTers in the group did and loved it. Unforgettable Euromeet 2009 moment that will go down in the history of VT - a group of us were walking around at night after dinner at the restaurant in Estoril and partying at Baluarte Bar, and many of us...

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  • Lisbon neighborhoods

    Lisbon Things to Do

    The Alfama is Lisbon's oldest district and consequently one of the city's most appealing neighbourhoods. Roughly enclosed by Rua da Madalena to the west, the Castelo to the north, the Panteão Nacional to the east and the river to the south, the area is a maze of alleys, streets, passageways and stairs. Therefore the best way to discover the Alfama...

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  • City Views

    Sintra Things to Do

    Despite being a small village it is very pleasant to walk trough. You can see the Sintra National Palace and its unusual architecture or appreciate the regional gastronomy in "Piriquita"pastry shop Quinta da Regaleira - one of Sintra's main attractions is also at a walkable distance from the village http://www.regaleira.pt/Default.aspx

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  • Parque Marechal Carmona

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Cascais Things to Do

    Situated near the marina this Large park is well worth a visit, It is home to the Conde Gastro Guimaraes Museum and to many Birds and some beautiful plants and flowers. A lake that provides a home to Swans, Ducks, Geese and Turtles. There are several Lawned ares ideal for picnics a small bar/cafe, public toilets a childrens book shop and a small...

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  • Grand structures and architecture

    Lisbon Things to Do

    The biggest work of the dictatorship was... a copy. Salazar bridge was an important work, reproducing in Europe the Golden Gate of S. Francisco. I saw and crossed both, and... prefer ours! Not for nationalism, but for three objective reasons: - The light of Lisbon is unbeatable (even when the fog releases S Francisco's bridge - 25 minutes each...

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  • Seteais Palace

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Sintra Things to Do

    This was always a very special place to me since I was a kid, maybe because my father worked there as a pastry cook, so I spent a lot of time in the kitchen tasting delicious treats! :-) It used to be a private palace, nowadays it is a five star hotel. I slept there one time, and though it is not a luxury hotel, it is great for those who like old...

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  • Town Hall

    Cascais Things to Do

    The Town Hall of Cascais is an attractive building, which dates from the 18th century, and was almost completely restored, in 1821, following the devastating earthquake of 1755. Above the main doorway, is an engraving commemorating the restoration date. The Town hall is noted for its for its old hand painted tiles (Azulejos), decorating its...

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  • Museums and cultural centers

    Lisbon Things to Do

    Close to the train station of Santa Apolonia and at walking distance from the city's centre, in S. Vicente quarter, its located the Military Museum. It's a large and rich museum, where - forgive me - the main attraction is my grand uncle's collection of paintings. No! I was kidding - there's a big and good collection, in a marvelous palace....

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  • Moorish Fountain

    Sintra Things to Do

    This attractive fountain is located on the main road between the train station and the Sintra National Palace. It belongs to the romantic-revivalist period and was built around 1922 by the master sculptor of Sintra, José da Fonseca. Its decoration is Arab in inspiration, with neo mudejar azulejos, painted plasterwork and sculptured decoration.

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  • Cidadela

    Cascais Things to Do

    This 16th century fortress was built to protect the Bay of Cascais, and is part of a whole line of fortresses along the Tagus estuary which were built to protect Lisbon from being invaded. It is not currently open to the public, but there are plans to restore it and open it up. However you can apparently take a walk along its ramparts, although...

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  • Miradouros (overlooks)

    Lisbon Things to Do

    Just a few steps away from Miradouro das Portas do Sol is the next one, Miradouro de Santa Luzia. Despite its proximity, this viewpoint offers different views of the Alfama. This is mainly due to the fact that it opens to a different direction (directly towards the river) and lies a bit sheltered behind a church. In parts, Miradouro de Santa Luzia...

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  • Sintra Toy Museum

    4 out of 5 stars

    Sintra Things to Do

    Quite good collection of different toys.Interesting to children ( I think,we have none) and to us who have been child one day ;) Toys for different ages in 3 or 4 floors.Only negative thing was how bad the air was there.I allmost felt sick.And it was very hot-and I hardly ever say so.Maybe it´s better at some other time of the year than July.I hope...

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  • Parque Municipal da Gandarinha

    Cascais Things to Do

    This beautiful park is a good place to rest a bit after your meal, or after a long walk. Inside there is a small zoo with domestic animals, a restaurant, a pic nic area, and a kids playground. Here you could happen to see some peacoks or ducks roaming free.

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  • Elevadores

    4 out of 5 stars

    Lisbon Things to Do

    As a "seven hills" city, Lisbon has some steep areas. By the end of the 19th century, several lifts were made. Some of them disappeared, but four were kept and modernized, still being useful to make the visits descending, and some of them even transformed in national monuments. That's what happened with Santa Justa elevator and Lavra, this one...

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  • City Hall

    Sintra Things to Do

    Considered a fine example of Neo-Manueline architecture (and rightly so), Sintra’s Town Hall is also located on the main road between the train station and the Sintra National Palace. Built between 1906 and 1909 on the site of the demolished Chapel of S. Sebastião, its main features are the wonderful Neo-Manueline windows; a clock tower with...

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  • Palace Condes de Castro Guimaraes

    Cascais Things to Do

    One of Cascais' most outstanding palace is the PALACIO DE CONDE DE CASTRO GUIMARAES that is open to the public and exhibits its own grand private collection of over 25,000 book and rarities such as an illustrated book by Duarte Galvao (1455-1517). You can also see works of art from national and foreign artists - paintings - porcelain, etc. Also,...

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  • Markets and shopping

    Lisbon Things to Do

    Before the trend of big malls, Garrett street was the most remarkable shopping area in Lisbon. Business faded but sophistication remains, with some historic shops surviving the new challenges. Totally recovered from the big fire, it is a "must see" not only for shoppers.

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  • details/architecture

    Sintra Things to Do

    This is a small museum in Sintra village which exhibits a wonderful collection of toys collected over 50 years or more. The collection is owned by Joao Arbues Moreira and he started it when he was only 14 years old. The museum itself opened in 1989 and has continued to accumulate over the years. Some of the items feature 1930’s Hornby sets, model...

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  • Marina

    Cascais Things to Do

    Modern and very well equipped with 630 berths available, 120 of which are designated for vessels in transit. CASCAIS MARINA can cater for vessels of up to 35 metres in length and 6 metres in depth. Located near the Cascais Bay - 9 SE sea miles from Roca Cape and 4 W sea miles from the Lisbon Port. The Marina's surrounding area is excellent for...

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  • Parks and the Zoo

    Lisbon Things to Do

    Built for EXPO 98, this huge aquarium is a marvel of conception, and a mandatory visit to every child (and adults also!). More than the large collection, covering all the world, the way they reproduce the environmental conditions of each species, it's almost perfect. Around it, the other remains of the exhibition justify several hours of...

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  • St. Maria Church

    Sintra Things to Do

    Originally built by Dom Afonso Henriques in the 12th century, this church has undergone several alterations over the ages, especially in the late 13th century and early 14th century, and after the 1755 earthquake. Nowadays it is a Gothic-Romanesque building of three naves, with ogival arches and finely worked capitals - one of the few medieval...

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  • Centro Cultural

    Cascais Things to Do

    The CASCAIS CULTURAL CENTRE or CENTRO CULTURAL DE CASCAIS, is housed within the "Casa Cor de Rosa" (Pink House), a former 16th century convent of Our Lady of Piety. Presently it host exhibitions, concerts, shows and other events. The cultural centre and exhibition rooms are open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. Closed Mondays and...

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  • Terreiro do Paco

    Lisbon Things to Do

    The most beautiful place in Lisbon, this harmonious square by the river is the perfect tribute to those who died in the earthquake of 1755. The crashing of the lower part of the city allowed a reconstruction where the perfect geometry contrasts with the narrow, winding streets that survived in the surrounding hills. The balance of all the...

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  • St. Pedro de Penaferrim Church

    Sintra Things to Do

    Medieval in origin, already exisiting in 1403, this church was enlarged in the 16th Century (1565) on the initiative of Dom Alvaro de Castro. It has a single nave with a 16th Century lacunar vault and the side walls are lined with magnificent panels of blue and white azulejos of Lisbon workmanship, dating from the first half of the 18th Century and...

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  • Walking

    Cascais Things to Do

    We just loved to walk next to the beach,and see people living their normal life. Some people were catching shellfish at the waterline,some were swimming,some taking sun-baths and somw drove with their fancy cars.See that hood ornament we saw at one fancy car :)

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  • Azulejos (tiles)

    Lisbon Things to Do

    That wonderful museum is billeted in the building of former Convent of the God Mother. The Convent was founded in 1509 by the Dowager Queen Eleanor (1458-1525) and she was the widow of the King Joao II. That’s why monastery although not luxurious but decorated in the Munuelino style so typical for the Portuguese Architecture of the first quarter of...

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  • Modern Art Museum

    Sintra Things to Do

    The Museum has gathered together, under the roof of this interesting 1920's building, a permanent collection of international modern and contemporary art, the Bernardo Collection, a fascinating panorama of European and American works of the 20th century. It represents the major movements, current and schools of artistic research, illustrated by...

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  • Entertainment

    Lisbon Things to Do

    You can visit the theatre every Monday morning at 11:30 a.m, there are visits in foreign languages. In the guided visits you can check the historical and artistic patrimony of the theatre. The price is about 6€.

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  • Mafra

    This immense convent is the perfect example of how to spend money without control. Gold was coming from Brazil, the king had no strategic concerns and... spent. Of course it is big, of course it is beautiful, of course it is rich. Meanwhile, Europe was investing in industry and development!As I try to demonstrate in my Mafra page, it is important...

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  • Estoril

    Generally included in the visit of Lisbon, Estoril has its own attractions, topped by the oldest Casino in Lisbon's area, and some good and calm beaches. Together with Cascais, this is the residential area preferred by foreigners

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  • Sintra

    Half an hour distant from Lisbon, Sintra is one of the few Portuguese "must see". My many visits were superficial, but recently, VT forces to a more atemptive look and new photos. The great point is that, each time, Sintra has something new to reveal. Be my guess in my Sintra's page.

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