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Santos is an elegant neighbourhood located in the Estrela parish. In the 18th century, it was home to mansions of the upper-classes, just as the Lapa neighbourhood. In this period, the nobility and the bourgeoisie chose these areas to settle in. Nowadays, many of the palaces are hotels, embassies or museums. Rua das Janelas Verdes is the street that mostly lives up to this heritage. It is home to one of Portugal's most important national museums - the National Museum of Ancient Art (MNAA) - located in a magnificent palace.
Santos has also been assuming itself as the design district of Lisbon, hosting well-known décor stores, such as Paris-Sete, AR interiores, Re-Use, Roche Bobois, galleries, museums and artists' cooperatives. The district was officially branded as the Design District of Lisbon in 2005.
Besides its artistic role, Santos also takes part in the political life of the country. It is home to the parliament of Portugal, hosting the emblematic Assembly of the Republic building.
Located on the west coast of Portugal, the capital of Lisbon offers the perfect lifestyle for anyone looking to live in a city but to also experience the relaxation of spending a day at the beach. This historic city offers plenty to see and do, some of the top restaurants and bars in Europe and so much more! Lisbon is easily accessible by air (Lisbon Portela Airport), train and car from all major cities in and around Europe.
Sintra is a magnificent town filled with breathtaking historic palaces and castles, all set around the lush tall hills of the Sintra mountains. Once the royal town of the country, Sintra has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status and recognised for its incredible history and cultural importance. In the 19th century, Sintra became the first centre of European Romantic architecture by Ferdinand II but has an architecture which dates all the way back to the Moorish empire.
Located in western Lisbon, Belém is famous as a museum district, as it is home to many of Portugal’s notable monuments such as The Belém Tower, The Jeronimos Monastery and the Bélem Palace (which is the current official residence of the country’s president). Originally, Belém was the location of Lisbon's shipyards and docks, and from here departed the 15th century voyages that discovered sea routes to India, East Africa and Brazil. This rich heritage is still shown in Belém through extravagant buildings funded by the vast wealth that flowed into Portugal from the newly discovered colonies. For visitors, Belém is one of the finest areas of Lisbon, as it offers outstanding tourist attractions, informative museums and magnificent views.
Considered the westernmost point of Europe, the Azores is an archipelago of 9 volcanic islands in the blue immensity of the North Atlantic Ocean. It is worldwide recognized for its scenery of natural beauty, blessed with stunning landscapes of lakes, green meadows, volcanos, geysers and hot thermal waters. It is also funnily known for having a massive herd of cows, being commonly said by locals that the Azores have more cows than people. The Azores is also characterized for its picturesque towns, full of colourful character and cobbled squares that bring the Renaissance and Discoveries period back in time. The world’s recognition of the immeasurable value of the Azores dates back decades ago. In 1983, UNESCO named the Historical Centre of Angra do Heroismo, in the island of Terceira, as World Heritage, and, in 2004, the Landscape of Pico Island Vineyard Culture, in the island of Pico. The first references to the island’s settlement date back to the 14th century. Under the command of Prince Henry, the Navigator, the Azores were discovered by the Portuguese, that claimed their rights over it. The active settlement only started later and was shared between the Portuguese and the Flemish over two centuries. It is even said that the particular Azorean accent has its roots in the French language. Fun Fact: the Azores is the only place in Europe that grows green tea!
Castelo Branco is the capital of the old province of Beira Baixa. Located just twenty kilometres from the Spanish border, most of the historical character of Castelo Branco has an attractive atmosphere to it, with generous parks, wide boulevards and bustling squares. Full of history and with a heritage of infinite value, this secular city has a great diversity of spaces and multiple activities, with a close and familiar environment, where the mountains and the city come together. Castelo Branco is a very good foundation from which to explore the border region of central Portugal.
The Alentejo is a beautiful rural southern region in Portugal. It is a very diversified area with a rich history, known for its plains, rugged coastline, olive trees, historical fortified towns and intense summer heat. The region extends from the Algarve towards central Portugal and goes from the Atlantic ocean to the Spanish border. On the western coastline, you can find the wildest and finest wide-open beaches in Portugal, much sought-after by surfers. Alongside the beaches, you can find charming fishing towns, offering delicious local seafood. On the other hand, in the interior part of the region, there are picturesque towns rich in history and vast plains. Alentejo is also worldwide known for its music genre, named “Canto Alentejano”. It is a vocal type of music without instrumentation. In 2014, UNESCO recognised it as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, after Fado - another Portuguese traditional music genre - had been granted the same status in 2011. UNESCO has also recognised other treasured heritage of Alentejo. Évora and Elvas were both subject to UNESCO’s nominations. As this region was colonised by different peoples throughout history, from the Visigoths and Romans to the Arabs and Knights Templar, there is an incredible diversity of historical and cultural sights. You can either visit the impressive hilltop castles and fortifications, as well as the Roman temples and cathedrals. Alentejo´s history and beautiful nature landscapes make it a fascinating destination to discover.
Évora is the capital of Alentejo’s region. Filled with impressive historical and cultural landmarks, the city is one of the most popular places to visit in Alentejo. The Historic Centre of Évora was elected a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1986. The city’s roots go as far back as Roman times. Évora still retains ruins from that period, such as from the Temple of Diana. Three centuries later, during the Moorish period, a fortified gate was built to improve the city’s defensive system, as well as a Kasbah. The presence of the Moors can also be felt through the old labyrinthine quarters of the city, which are filled with typical Moorish arches. Évora is also home to a beautiful Cathedral built during medieval times, in the 13th century. In the 15th century, when Évora became the Portuguese king’s residence, a number of royal buildings started to pop up. St. Claire Convent, the royal church and the convent of São Francisco are some examples of those. The Manueline style of architecture characterises these remarkable buildings.Besides Évoras’s rich monumental heritage, the city is also known for its beautiful whitewashed houses decorated with tiles and wrought-iron balconies, its colourful handicraft stores and the family-run cafés and restaurants, which offer the tastiest gastronomy in the land.
The city of Portimão, formerly known Vila Nova de Portimão, is situated in the district of Faro, in the Algarve region of southern Portugal; exploring this old fishing and shipbuilding town will be a breeze to experience. The city offers plenty of leisure activities, historical monuments, beautiful landscapes, and immense sunshine! Depending on what you wish to do, there is an activity for all, from adventure and watersports that are vastly popular in the Algarve region, to full relaxation activities such as shopping, light sightseeing, and indulging in the delicious, and fresh seafood and fish cuisine, the city of Portimão has to offer.You will be bound to love the area of Portimão, whether it be for a weekend escape in the sunny Algarve or settling down in this coastal region of Portugal permanently!
Built in the 18th century, Chafariz da Esperança is one of the thirty fountains connected to the Águas Livres Aqueduct. The construction of the fountain was part of Lisbon's public water supply policy, outlined in the reign of D.João V, which aimed to solve the water supply issues of the capital.
Chafariz da Esperança was designed by Carlos Mardel, the same architect responsible for the aqueduct, but it was Miguel Blasco completing its works in 1768. The fountain is attached to a building and consists of a stone structure with two floors, served by side stairs of a remarkable Baroque scenic character. On the 16th of June, 1910, it was classified as a National Monument.
The fountain is inserted in one of the major streets of Santos, Avenida Dom Carlos I, where a lot of restaurants, bars and attractions of this neighbourhood are located as well.
The National Ancient Art Museum is one of Portugal's most important art museums, as it hosts the most relevant public collection of ancient art in the country. Its collection is composed of 40.000 pieces that include: European painting, sculpture, drawing and decorative arts, but also art pieces from Asia (India, China, Japan) and Africa, which represent the relationships that were settled between Europe and the East during the Discoveries period, in the 15th and the 16th centuries. In other words, this “national gallery” houses treasures from the 12th to the 19th centuries, from around Portugal, other European countries, and the lands colonised by Portugal or that traded with the country. At MNAA, you can find Portuguese and European paintings of reputable artists like Hieronymus Bosch and Albrecht Dürer.
The museum is housed in a 17th-century beautiful palace and has a delightful garden overlooking the Tagus river, where you can enjoy a drink or a light meal from the café.
Lisbon’s Museum of Puppetry is located in the Bernardas' convent in Santos. It is entirely dedicated to the interpretation and dissemination of puppet theatre, covering the history of this artistic expression throughout the world, presenting the different types of puppets and the different approaches they might undertake, with particular emphasis on the Portuguese puppet theatre.
The Marionette Museum was created in 1987 by the S. Lourenço Puppet Company, which was dedicated to itinerant shows throughout the country and abroad.
The Museum's collection consists of more than a thousand pieces, with puppets from all types of manipulation techniques and masks from the most diverse parts of the world. The Museum also displays, since 2008, a collection of African and Asian puppets, which belongs to the private collector Francisco Capelo.
In this ancient convent of the 17th century, there is also a fine dining restaurant, popular among politicians, artists and intellectuals. Its pleasant terrace in the cloister is one of the highlights that attract people there.
Known as the Design District since 2005, Santos is the neighbourhood that brings together a considerable number of decoration and design stores in the city. Not just a significant number of stores, but also the most reputable ones.
Paris: Sete is one of the best-known decoration stores in Lisbon. Tables, Eames chairs, E27 lamps designed by Mattias Stahlbaum… here you will find design classics covering 35 years of design furniture history.
Fermob specialises in garden furniture. Some fancy outdoor spaces in Lisbon are furnished with Fermob’s pieces, such as the terrace of the Memmo hotel in Príncipe Real.
Gandia Blasco is a Spanish brand born in 1941 in Valencia and is also a landmark player in outdoor furniture. Pool chairs, huge cushions, tables and even carpets, you can find all kinds of items there. Domo is a store that gathers decoration pieces from the leading international art décor brands, such as Minotti, Fornasetti and Edra. Re-Use is a second-hand shop of furniture, lamps, tiles, among others. Finally, Donker&Guests is a store mainly specialised in lighting solutions for both indoors and outdoors spaces.
Lisbon is one of the greenest capitals in Europe. The city is filled with beautiful parks and gardens, where you can catch your breath amidst the hustle and bustle of the daily routine. Jardim de Santos is a relaxed and peaceful place to stroll and spend time with the kids.
The garden was refurbished recently by the Lisbon City Council, having now a brand-new grass area, new urban furniture, a bicycle path and new wide sidewalks. In the centre, you can find the everlasting bronze statue of the journalist and writer Ramalho Ortigão (1836-1915) and the splendid sculpture designed by the Azorean artist Numídico Bessone in 1957.
“A Barraca” is a historical Portuguese theatre company founded in 1975 by the actress Maria do Céu Guerra and the stage director Mário Alberto. Having over forty years of activity, the company was created as part of a movement of rising experimental and independent theatre companies in that period. It was considered one of the most critical independent theatrical companies of the post-April 25th period by the Europa World Year Book of 1983.
You can either watch classical plays on this theatre stage, fresh new ones, book presentations, or even imaginary conversations between notable figures of history. “A Barraca” Theater offers a wide range of different performances. The theatre company also has a café-concert: a stylish bar with a party scene. On Sundays, there are usually milongas (tango dance parties), and it is a great place where teenagers like to hang out.
The Assembly of the Republic is the parliament of Portugal, and one of the country’s organs of supreme authority and represents all Portuguese citizens.
The Palácio de São Bento (Palace of Saint Benedict) has served as the seat of the Portuguese Parliament since 1834. The historical imponent building was once a Benedictine monastery that was dissolved after the Liberal Revolution. From then on, the old monastery has been systematically adapted to its current functions. In 1895, after a fire that destroyed the session room of the lower house, the Parliament building was repaired and expanded. The Portuguese architect Miguel Ventura Terra was put in charge of the remodelling project, which lasted until the 1940s.
In the 1940s, during Salazar's Estado Novo regime, the Parliament’s monumental stairway was completed. The stairway was designed by Cristino da Silva, who was also responsible for the project of the gardens in the back of the Palace. Since Portugal became a democracy, the area in front of the palace has been the most popular location for protests held in Lisbon.
If you're looking to invest in Portuguese property, you've come to the right place. The property market in Portugal continues to go from strength to strength, with now being a great time to purchase home here. European buyers flock here every year, but the Golden Visa scheme allows people from further afield to get their hands on Portugal real estate. This gives overseas buyers the right to live, work and study anywhere within the European Union.
Being a riverside district close to the most central neighbourhoods in Lisbon, Santos offers good transport links. The metro station of Santos is still under construction, but you have the Cais do Sodré one nearby, right next to the train station of Santos. There are also frequent trams and buses passing by through the day that can take you from northwest to southeast central Lisbon.
Considered Lisbon’s design district, Santos is known for sheltering the best decoration and design stores of the city. Paris:Sete, Fermob and Gandia Blasco are some examples of those.
If markets are your thing, you can also find the Time Out Market Lisboa close by, in Cais do Sodré, offering a range of Portuguese handmade and fresh products.
Located 7 kilometres away 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 is straightforward using a metro taxi or bus service. Lisbon Portela Airport is the nearest airport to Santos. It takes 16 minutes via car (follow IP7 and E1) to get to the Airport from Santos and around 40 minutes via tube, if you take the nearest metro station in Cais do Sodré.
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.
Restaurants & Bars
Santos is home to some of the most stylish restaurants, trendiest cafés, bars and brunch spots. There is much to explore on this almost endless list of attractions in Santos and neighbouring Madragoa. You can either have a drink at Le Chat, an elegant bar overlooking the Tagus river or delight yourself with the best steak of Lisbon in Café de São bento (title awarded by the Time Out Magazine).
Here are our suggestions of bars, restaurants and cafés in Santos:
Bar A Barraca
Café de São Bento
COW Beef & Cocktails
Estado Líquido - Fusion Sushi
Fauna e Flora
Local Your Health Kitchen
Santos 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.