Oeiras is a municipality in the western part of the Lisbon metropolitan area, a sub-region of Greater Lisbon in continental Portugal. Oeiras is part of the urban agglomeration and it is also 16km from the capital. This region is an important economic hub, being one of the most highly developed municipalities in both Portugal and Europe!
Jardim Marquês de Pombal is the hallway of the magnificent Palace designed by Carlos Marden, in the 18th century, to combine both recreation and business. This was Marquês de Pombal summer house and it’s a true ode to the Baroque and Rococo styles in Portugal. Inside, you will find paintings, frescoes, azulejo tiles, and statues that impress all those who visit.
The garden itself is an iconic attraction of Oeiras where you can stroll around or spend an evening with your family.
Often the Jardim Marquês de Pombal puts on plays, light shows, and concerts for visitors which is definitely a must-see for all. On Sundays, you can also enjoy free entrance to the Palace!
The Fortaleza of São Julião da Barra is one of the largest and most complete military defense complexes in the Vauban style. This is where the Portuguese Minister of National Defence lives, and it was primarily built to guard the Tagus River and the Lisbon city against sea bound invasion.
Although known as the “Shield of the Kingdom”, the truth is that the fort did not make it to its first invasion by the French, in 1808, but part of it is today open to whoever wants to visit and have an insight into its history.
Parque Urbano is an adventure park located in Oeiras, often seen as a true gym in the open air. This is a perfect day out for any family who is deciding to relocate to Oeiras. The adventure park has a circuit with several wood stations that are placed on top of the trees, which will make the children feel like the real Indiana Jones! There are two distinct routes available at this particular adventure park
It is easy to get around Oeiras, as there’s constant public transport available throughout the day. The bus tickets are relatively cheap and you can get a travel card to get around and outside Oeiras easily. Learn more about it here.
The weather in Oeiras overall is usually nice. The summers are warm, dry, and clear, usually reaching 32 degrees in August. The winter months in Oeiras are slightly wet but cool and cloudy with temperatures dropping to about 16 degrees in December.
There are many shopping centres in Oeiras for you to stroll around and treat yourself with goodies. The main shopping centre in Oeiras is called Oeiras Parque and it has 175 shops and 28 restaurants for you to choose from. There is also a cinema inside the shopping center, so it has something to keep the whole family entertained for the day.
There are lots of nice restaurants in the Oeiras area that we highly recommend to you. For Portuguese cuisine, some of the best-rated restaurants include Borges and A Quinta. There are many other cuisines available for you to try such as sushi, Italian, seafood, and Chinese to name a few examples.
In addition to the nice restaurants that Oeiras has to offer, there are also lots of bars for you to enjoy too. Some of the best-rated bars in Oeiras, include El Train and Luar da Barra.
The nearest available airport to Oeiras is Lisbon Portela Airport. There is also another airport called Cascais Airport, so international travel is easy to access.
Getting to Lisbon Portela Airport:
Via train - 1 hour 3 minutes (Via Linha de Cascais)
Via car - 22 minutes (via A5)
Getting to Cascais Airport:
Via train - 38 minutes (Via Linha de Cascais)
Via car - 10 minutes (via av. Amália Rodrigues)
There are lots of beaches in the area of Oeiras these include Praia de Santa Amaro and Praia da Torre. Some beaches have facilities close by so you can purchase refreshments if needed.
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