Rua das Janelas Verdes
Characteristic artery of Lisbon, still place for antique palaces, churches and convents converted today to several purposes. Its location high over the river and the Docks makes this street, full of living memories of the past, the perfect scenario to live the genuine today’s lifestyle.
National Museum of Ancient Art
Just next door, this museum is located at Palácio Condes de Alvor, dating from the seventeenth century, is home to some of the most important works of art and is certainly Portugal’s premier art museum. Have lunch in the garden with a wonderful view of the river. All our guests have free entrance to the Museum.
Palácio de Santos
In the same street of As Janelas Verdes is the Palace of Santos, also known as the Palace of the Marquises of Abrantes, where presently is located the French embassy in Lisbon. Through its large historical and architectural evolution, it was the Royal Residential in the XVI century.
Chafariz das Janelas Verdes and Chafariz da Esperança
Located very near to our House, these fountains were connected to Águas Livres Aqueduct, one of the most remarkable examples of 18th-century Portuguese engineering, that was constructed to bring water to the city.
Basilica da Estrela
Built in the second half of the 18th century to fulfill a vow by Queen Maria I after she gave birth to a son and heir, it has a huge rococo dome and a façade with twin bell towers decorated with an array of statues of saints and allegorical figures. It is also possible to go up to the dome for fantastic city views. Take the tram 28 which stops right in front and after take a walk in the garden with the same name Jardim da Estrela.
Line 28 of Lisbon’s iconic trams was inaugurated in 1914 and today it has a 7km (4.5 miles) route that passes through the oldest quarters.
Inaugurated in June of 1892, at the time operated by a water counterweight. It takes you up to Santa Catarina belvedere with spectacular river views and Bairro Alto quarter. Don’t miss Pharmacy Museum.
Residential old quarter where you can find many architectonic palaces and old convents, including the France Embassy at Palácio de Santos.
Santo Amaro Docks
Former warehouses overlooking an attractive yachting marina have been transformed into many modern restaurants and bars for all tastes, specially for Dinner.
Old aristocratic district with small restaurants high over the river Tejo is today a residential district with small restaurants and local shops. This is the area of the city preferred by the Embassies. It is surrounded by the popular neighborhood of Madragoa and Santos (now designated as the Design District).
This Monastery is the most impressive symbol of Portugal’s power and wealth during the Age of Discovery. King Manuel I built it in 1502 to commemorate Vasco Da Gama’s voyage and to give thanks to the Virgin Mary for its success. The monastery was populated by monks of the Order of Saint Jerome (Hieronymites), whose spiritual job was to give guidance to sailors and pray for the king’s soul. It is one of the great triumphs of European Gothic (UNESCO has classified it a World Heritage Monument), with much of the design characterized by elaborate sculptural details and maritime motifs. Don’t miss the Pasteis de Belem at Antiga Confeitaria de Belem, a specialty made with a secret centuries-old recipe.
Built in 1515 as a fortress to guard the entrance to Lisbon’s harbor, the Belem Tower was the starting point for many of the voyages of discovery, and for the sailors it was the last sight of their homeland. It is a monument to Portugal’s Age of Discovery, often serving as a symbol of the country, and UNESCO has listed it as a World Heritage Monument.
Portuguese Parliament (Assembleia da República) at São Bento Palace
The original building of São Bento Palace was erected as a convent in 1598, but was later renovated as an enormous white Neoclassical building to become today’s Portuguese Parliament.