The semi-formal gardens such as the Hanging Gardens and the Malta Gardens were created by Jean Baptiste Robillion a French Architect who also was involved in the extensions. There are a number of fountains as well as a canal which the Royal family used for boating.
Location : Palace of Queluz, Largo do Palacio
The formal gardens of the palace are dotted with statues in amongst the fountains and box hedges. The main windows of the palace look out over the upper gardens which were often used for entertaining.
Location : Palace of Queluz, Largo do Palacio
Originally the land was made up of a lot of smaller estates which the Prince (as he was at the time). The size of the property has now been reduced to around 37 acres.
Palace of Queluz is open 10.00am – 5.00pm Wed to Mon.
Location : Largo do Palacio
Built between 1747 and 1794 the pink and white Palacio Nacional de Queluz was the home of Pedro III and Queen Maria I. Also known as the Portuguese Versailles, the palace is located just 15kms north west of the city. It was the favourite summer residence of the Royals. Queen Maria who was actually the Kings niece outlived her husband who died in 1786 and when her son died of smallpox in 1788, she went insane.
Location : % Largo do Palacio
This huge monument sits on the opposite southern banks of the Targus River. It was modeled on the famous Cristo Redentor in Rio De Janeiro. The statue of Christ with outstretched arms stands at 28 metres and is mounted on a pedestal which is some 82metres high. You can take a lift then some stairs to the top.
Location : Santuario Nactional do Cristo Rei, Alto do Pragal, Lamada.
At the end of the Avenida da Républica you'll find a crowded roundabout called Entre Campos.
In the middle of this roundabout stands an impressive monument in memory of casualties of the independentwar from 1807 to 1814. Combative Portugeses fought against the French occupier.
Near this roundabout is a trainstation that from where you can go Sintra.
The aqueduct was quite a walk from the centre of Lisbon and rather difficult to find, but well worth the search. There are great views of the non-touristy northern and western parts of Lisbon from the central section of the aqueduct. Near the centre there is an opening which allows you to cross and take in more views from the other side.
One of the best views of the aqueduct is from the road below. Our bus passed this way when we were returning from Evora and we were quite surprised to see the aqueduct as we had no idea there was such an impressive structure so close to Lisbon. The entrance is on Calcada da Quintinha, a quiet street about 1km uphill from Amoreiras.
Perhaps the most amazing trip I made in Lisbon is to Capo Espichel. There is a pagan fisherman festival on the last Sunday of September which we tried to go to but just missed- the aftermath looked amazing though so I still recommend it!!
To get there you can get a bus to Azoia from Sesimbra (get to Sesimbra for all sorts of day trips, you can reach it by ferry from the rest of Lisbon, costs about 35p and very quick!). From Azoia you have a 3Km walk approx to Capo Espichel, when I went we met a lovely old shepherd herding his sheep along who gave us some water- it is a walk along a deserted track so bring supplies!!!
The place itself is basically a clifftop with an old deserted church really close to the edge. It's breathtaking seeing the atlantic stretching away into infinity from the top.
HArd to put into words but really 100000% highly recommended. Bring some rolls and some chorizo and eat while watching the sea. Brave people who want to stick their heads over the edge will see car crashes on the way down. It's pretty empty too, barely another tourist in the 3 hours I was there.
Another pic on this tip in Must see activities.
This portal is what's left from the original Church, that dates from the 16th century, and was later destroyed by the 1755 earthquake.
The portal is decorated with many features in manuelin style, like the animals, the cross of the Order of Christ, the angels, the flowers and armillary spheres.
Inside, in the place of the original church, was built the Church of Nossa Senhora da Conceição Velha.
It's located near the Terreiro do Paço (Praça do Comércio) in Rua da Alfandega.
This house dates back from 1523, which contrasts for its 1125 diamond-shaped stones. It's facade is the adaptation of a very popular style on the 16th century Europe.
The house belonged to Afonso de Albuquerque, the Viceroy of India, and is one of the very few houses that survived the 1755 earthquake. Its interior is not usually open to the public, except when it hosts any occasional exhibitions.
Not everybody knows that it is possible to visit the Town Hall building every Sunday. There are two guided tours (free of charge) of the building: the first at 10.30 a.m. and the second at 11.30 a.m. The interior is quite interesting. The only negative thing about this tour is that it is only done in Portuguese (but if you want to take a look at this building, why not do it anyway?).
From the Cristo Rei we have a fabulous sight on the city of Lisbon, we can see the Tower of Bel?m, the Monument to the Discoveries ... and the boats sailing in the river Tagus.
Just amazing the view but be prepared for the wind with warm clothes.