The Marquês of Pombal Square is the heart of modern Lisbon and is known for its huge roundabout and a majestic statue in the middle. This area marks the start of Lisbon’s downtown. It is located between Avenida da Liberdade and the Eduardo VII Park in the parish of Coração de Jesus, being the radiating point for many important avenues: Avenida da Liberdade, Avenida Fontes Pereira de Melo and Duque de Loulé.
In the centre, you’ll see an imposing statue by the name of Sebastião José de Carvalho e Melo, better known as Marquês de Pombal, who lead the reconstruction of the city after it suffered a catastrophic earthquake in 1755. Marquês de Pombal is surrounded by a plethora of corporate headquarters of important companies, including the largest Portuguese banks and several of the world’s famous 5-star hotels.
One of the best things about Lisbon is that it fuses serene parks with pleasant and calming atmospheres and also a cosmopolitan and thriving city centre.
Located right at the top of the Marquês de Pombal Square, Parque Eduardo VII's name honours Edward VII of the United Kingdom who visited Portugal in 1902, to strengthen the relations between the two countries. Until that visit, its name was Liberty Park for being located to the north of Avenida da Liberdade (Liberty Avenue).
Once you walk the cobbled pavements in calçada Portuguesa and reach the top of the park, you will be able to contemplate the imposing statue of Marquês de Pombal, the Tagus river, the south bank of the river and the hills of Arrábida when the skies are clear. Here you’ll also find the 25th April Memorial created by the sculptor João Cutileiro.
Eduardo VII is also a stage for many events such as The Lisbon Book Fair, music festivals and also Winter Wonderland during Christmas time!
Estufa Fria, formerly known as the Winter Garden, is a horticultural wonderland of tropical plants and flowers tucked away in the northwest corner of Lisbon's centrally-located Parque Eduardo VII. It is one of the city's lesser-known but highly friendly tourist attractions.
This charming half-hectare garden area of recently restored tropical rain forest first opened in 1930 and is divided into three sections: Estufa Fria, Estufa Quente, and Estufa Doce.
The larger of the three, Estufa Fria, is enclosed by slats to keep out the heat while cleverly allowing fresh air to flow, and is humid without being uncomfortably hot for summer travellers. The gardens are intricately landscaped, with small paths weaving through flowering shrubs, massive palms, tropical plants (over thirty species in total), and rare trees, some of which are well over a century old.
Estufa Quente is a warm and inviting affair, considerably smaller but just as visually appealing. A glass dome maintains heat loads in order to provide the ideal atmosphere for the many plants that survive in higher temperatures.
Estufa Doce, a small cacti house, is home to hundreds of various species.
The Gulbenkian Museum is one of the world's great museums and one of Europe's unsung jewels. Located to the northeast of Eduardo VII Park, the museum is part of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and houses a splendid collection of Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Islamic, Asian, and European art. In 2001, it was extensively restored and modernized (many of its masterpieces were on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York).
The museum is surrounded by a garden - the Gulbenkian Garden - which is a prime example of Portuguese landscape architecture. The garden is ideal for all sorts of leisure and cultural activities. Walking around, you will also be able to explore the wide variety of flora.
Avenida da Liberdade is one of the most expensive streets in Europe - a boulevard built in the 19th century in the style of the parisien Champs-Elysées. It runs north for 1.6 km, from Restauradores Square to Marquês de Pombal Square, and it is more than 90m wide. An elegant avenue with fountains, café tables shaded by trees, as well as a cobblestone pavement decorated with unique patterns.
This avenue is the site of the city's grander hotels and designer shops, including names like Louis Vuitton, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, Tods, Burberry, Hugo Boss, Miu Miu, among others.
Being in the main artery of Lisbon, Marquês de Pombal offers plenty of transport links. From here, you have metro stations - Marquês de Pombal station and Avenida da Liberdade station -, and also buses that will take you from northwest to southeast central Lisbon.
Located 7 kilometres from the capital, Lisbon Portela Airport is the main international airport in Portugal and is one of the largest in southern Europe. Because of its close location to Lisbon city centre, getting from the airport to Lisbon only takes around 15 minutes and is straightforward using a metro taxi or bus service.
Similar to the other southern European countries, Portugal typically tends to see warm temperatures and nice weather conditions throughout the whole year. Santos has a mild climate. You can expect to find 25°C during the summer months and, as the colder months start to creep in, the temperatures will drop to around 11°C. November is the month that sees the most rainfall, which can be around 128mm on average.
Marquês de Pombal is located by the Tagus river, having different beach coastlines nearby. To the west of Lisbon lies the Oeiras-Estoril-Cascais coastline, where there are beautiful sandy beaches, blessed with a calm sea in the summer months. In the northwest of Lisbon, you can find the Sintra coastline, which is made up of cliffs and embodies wild scenery, where you can truly immerse yourself in nature. The Costa da Caparica coastline is in the south of Lisbon and is sought-after for its wide-open beaches. This coastline comprises a large stretch of beaches, spread along to the western coast, highly popular among surfers all year long.
As Marquês de Pombal is located right in the artery of Lisbon serving as the entrance of Avenida da Liberdade and Estefânia, it provides the visitor with an interesting mix of restaurants, from joyful, down-to-earth food to refined Michelin gourmet restaurants.
Here are our eatery and drinking suggestions in Marquês de Pombal:
As Marquês de Pombal is at the top of Avenida da Liberdade, you will find some of the trendiest places to shop. From popular high street shops like Zara, Mango, Prada, Miu Miu and Hugo Boss to boutiques from local prestigious designers!
If you fancy strolling around shopping malls, then El Corte Inglés will serve you well with its high-end brands for really reasonable prices.
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