In the highest of the seven hills lies the historic district of Graça, which belongs to the São Vicente parish. The whole of São Vicente comprises both iconic and historic venues such as monuments, parks and viewpoints, neighbourhoods and restaurants. Here, you can feel a genuine Lisbon atmosphere and witness a truly cosmopolitan environment. Indeed, many young newcomers that come to work in Lisbon, choose to live in Graça due to its centrality, lively neighbourhood activity and a large offer of public transportation. Due to this multicultural environment, one can find an extremely rich and varied offer of restaurants and cultural activities.
The Graça district is one of the most beautiful and oldest neighbourhoods of the Portuguese capital, located next to the iconic São Jorge Castle, known for its superb views over the city and the Tagus River.
Two of this neighbourhood’s highlights are well-known viewpoints: the Miradouro da Graça and the Miradouro da Senhora do Monte. But they are on top of one of the steepest Lisbon hills, so be prepared for a good climb if you choose to go by foot.
The Viewpoint of Graça is formally designated “Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen”, which is one of the most important contemporary Portuguese poets. Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen (1919-2004) was the first Portuguese woman to receive the Camões Award, which is given yearly to the best authors in the Portuguese language. Next to the Graça church, which stands right before the viewpoint, you can find a bronze bust as a tribute to the poetess.
The panoramic view from this viewpoint allows you to see from the São Jorge Castle to the Tagus river, from Mouraria to the Baixa neighbourhoods, Lisbon’s colourful houses, streets and gardens.
This viewpoint was once one of the best-kept secrets of Lisbon. The panoramic view covers the Tagus estuary and the São Jorge Castle to the south, the Bairro Alto neighbourhood and the Monsanto park to the west, and the Almirante Reis Avenue valley to the north.
As is normal in this district, you’ll have to walk up a little bit. The best way to get to this viewpoint is to follow Rua da Graça, leaving Largo da Graça and then turn to Rua da Senhora do Monte, all this effort is rewarded with a view of the highest points of Lisbon. This viewpoint is located in front of the chapel with the same name, founded in 1147. It was on this hill that King Afonso Henriques I stationed its army before conquering Lisbon.
Founded in 1291 by the religious Order of Saint Augustine and used as the order’s Portuguese headquarters, this church went through several changes as time passed by. Almost as old as the Portuguese nationality itself, this monument saw the first king of Portugal set up camp and conquer the city of Lisbon. In the 15th century went through some refurbishments and, almost 3 centuries later, needed to undergo restoration works after the 1755 massive earthquake that decimated Lisbon.
In this last reconstruction, a sober interior was chosen. However, the interiors maintain several architectural and art styles that reflect this building’s history. Pay attention to decorative elements, such as the tile works from the 16th, 17th and 18th century, the sculptures in the smaller chapels, the gold-carved altars, the Baroque-style decoration of the sacristy, the paintings in the ceiling, or the great panel of the “Relics”.
The Castle's first walls date back to the 1st century B.C., being modified several times throughout history. Its name derives from the devotion to São Jorge, patron saint of knights and crusaders, by order of King João I in the 14th century. In the first half of the twentieth century, the castle was heavily degraded and the Portuguese government ordered restoration interventions in the 1940s and late 1990s, which had the merit of rehabilitating the medieval monument to its present looks. Sitting at the top of the highest hill of old Lisbon, the Castle is currently one of the city’s most visited places by tourists.
Built on the first decade of the twentieth century, between 1902 and 1908, and designed by the architect and industrialist Joaquim Francisco Tojal, it was named after his daughter's name Berta, and it was destined to be inhabited by industrial workers.
This little neighbourhood is organized around a small street sided by very traditional and picturesque 3-floor buildings on one side and 2-floor buildings on the other, with some decorative Art Nouveau elements. One cannot enter these apartments because they are private property, but just by looking from the outside you can see that both sides of the street are distinct in concept. One side has taller buildings with large terraces and richer metal decoration details and the other side has smaller buildings with small or no verandas.
Chapitô is a non-governmental organization where activities are developed in three distinct areas in permanent articulation: social support, training and culture. It also houses a luxury restaurant with the same name. "Chapitô À Mesa" is considered to be the 7th best restaurant in the world and is located right below the walls of São Jorge Castle. In addition to high-quality traditional and contemporary Portuguese cuisine by the hands of Chef Bertilio, this restaurant also offers its visitors a delightful sight over the city and the Tagus river.
The "Via Graça" restaurant is located in Rua Damasceno Monteiro since 1988. It is a perfect place to taste local contemporary Portuguese cuisine, with an innovative twist. It's one of Graça ?s most traditional experiences, with a privileged view of Sao Jorge Castle, Tagus River and Cristo Rei. As for the menu highlights, you can find specialities such as cod with bread, hunting pie and rich creme brulée.
From the airport, the faster and easier way to get to Graça is taking the Metro's Red Line in the São Sebastião direction, changing to the Green Line at Alameda station.
All the Metro Stations from Alameda to Martim Moniz give you access to the Graça district. But if want to go directly to the top of the Graça hill without climbing by foot, you can catch the number 28 tram at the Intendente Metro station. One of the 28 Tram stops is the heart of Graça, but bear in mind that this is the classic Lisbon tram journey as it passes through the popular neighbourhoods of Graca, Alfama, Baixa and Estrela, so it is often full of passengers.
A ride along the 28 tram route provides one of the best tours of the capital and is often a highlight of any travel to Lisbon.
Graça has a mild climate throughout the year. You can expect average temperatures, with highs above 30° Celsius, with a light breeze, during the summer months. During winter, the temperatures drop to around 10°C. In general, Graça has tempered weather that makes it easier to walk around and visit the amazing viewpoints and monuments.
In terms of shopping, what stands out in the Graça district are the local trade establishments. You can find mini-markets, small stores, local cuisine, pubs and bars, and souvenir stores down at Martim Moniz square. As this area of the city has a more residential character, you won't find major shopping centres here. However, there are several shopping centres to choose from not far away by Metro, such as the El Corte Inglés, the Campo Pequeno and the Armazéns do Chiado.
Graça is about 30 minutes away from the airport on public transportation and a bit less if you travel by car (depending on traffic). The Metro and Bus networks connect Graça directly to the Lisbon Airport. Both the Metro station and Bus stop are right outside of the Arrivals exit.
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People that live in the Graça area and wish to go to the beach have two main alternatives: the Cascais coast on the west side of Lisbon, which starts where the river Tagus meets the Atlantic ocean and extends all the way until Cascais; and the Costa de Caparica beaches on the south side of the Tagus river extend all the way until Sesimbra.
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