Explore the Príncipe Real Neighbourhood


Explore Lisbon’s most flashiest and fashionable neighbourhood, Príncipe Real! With a name that literally translates to ‘Royal Prince’ you can expect some bougie vibes and highly Instagrammable locations. But it offers much more than that, known for its stunning 19th-century mansions, art galleries, and antique stores, Príncipe Real is a Lisbon cultural hub.

Sandwiched between the Miradouro São Pedro de Alcântara viewpoint, and the São Bento neighbourhood–home to a vibrant LGBTQIA scene–Príncipe Real buzzes with an eclectic energy.

So, it’s definitely possible to explore on a reasonable budget, here are some top things to do in Príncipe Real:

  • Sunset at the Miradouro Sao Pedro de Alcantara – Ride the Gloria tram up to the Miradouro São Pedro de Alcântar and enjoy sunsets views of the Castle of São Jorge, Tagus river, and the ancient 18th century buildings of Avenida da Liberdade.
  • Jardim Do Príncipe Real – Jardim do Príncipe Real is a charming square and garden known for its gigantic, indestructible 150-year-old cypress tree, which has survived numerous fires.
  • Visit the 19th century Patriarchal Reservoir – A hidden gem and remarkable underground attraction. Now part of the Water Museum system, this historic water tank, powered by the Águas Livres Aqueduct, can be explored on Saturdays for a small fee of €2.
  • Shop Embaixada Mall – The luxurious shopping gallery is housed in a stunning neo-Moorish building, and showcases Portuguese designers and hosts art exhibitions. Marvel at its architecture, even if you’re not a big shopper!
  • Enjoy smaller antique stores – The street of the Embaixada Mall is lined with smaller antique stores. They are perfect for grabbing unique souvenirs, ceramics, textiles, and artwork.
  • Visit the Natural History Museum and Botanical Gardens – The Museum showcases exhibits on chemistry, dinosaur fossils, and geological excavations. Don’t miss the interactive solar system room and the oldest Botanical Garden in Portugal, which surrounds the museum.
  • The Organic Fair – The organic fair operates every Saturday from 9am to 3pm. You can find a delightful array of organic products from local farmers. With fresh vegetables and plants, yummy jams, and aromatic olive oils, this vibrant market offers a taste of Portuguese country life.

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