If you prefer to avoid summerâ€™s crowds and high temperatures when you travel but still wish sunny and pleasant weather, you may want to visit Lisbon this fall. There are brand new spots and events to experience at that time, in addition to all of the cityâ€™s regular attractions. Here are the highlights of whatâ€™s happening in Lisbon after the summer.
THE NEW TRIUMPHAL ARCH ROOFTOP TERRACE
The triumphal arch that links the pedestrian shopping street Rua Augusta to the large Comercio Square will open its rooftop terrace for tourist visits by late August. An elevator is currently being installed inside the monument, and once operational, it will offer visitors the opportunity to see all of downtown Lisbon from above, including the square and an up-close view of the sculptures that top the arch.
A NEW PARK WITH A VIEW
It will be the biggest park in the old town but itâ€™s not size that makes this a major new attraction — itâ€™s the view. A large green area next to the popular GraÃ§a viewpoint which had always been closed to visitors is currently being cleaned up and will open as a public park in September. It will have 178 different species of plants, a large central lawn and childrenâ€™s playgrounds. Plus the view of almost the entire city.
A NEW MOORISH SHOPPING COMPLEX
A Moorish-style mansion from the 1800s in the Principe Real neighborhood has been converted into a new shopping complex. Said to be a â€œmodern souk,â€ it was inspired by the architecture of the building, but instead of a traditional bazaar it focuses on contemporary lifestyle products. It will offer fashion, design and art, as well as a restaurant starting in September.
THE NEW WATERFRONT PARK AND PROMENADE
A new waterfront promenade opened last March and has become the â€œbeachâ€ of central Lisbon this summer. The large area behind it, which used to be closed as private property of the buildings around it, will become a new park by October. This is the site of the shipbuilding and docking during the Age of Discovery which is why itâ€™s called â€œRibeira das Nausâ€ (Shipsâ€™ Riverfront). Although it will be crossed by a two-way road, it will be mostly a tree-filled pedestrianized area, and will incorporate the historic dock that had been buried over the last couple of centuries.
THE DESIGN BIENNIAL
2013 is a year of the cityâ€™s design biennial and it will occupy different spaces of the neighborhoods of Chiado and BelÃ©m. It will have four major design-related exhibitions, starting on November 7th and lasting until late December. You may consult all the activities here: www.experimentadesign.pt
THE ARCHITECTURE TRIENNALE
The architecture triennale coincides with the design biennial this year, so the end of 2013 will be big on the arts. Taking place from September 12th to December 15th, it will present architecture exhibitions, debates and special events throughout the city. More info here: www.trienaldelisboa.com
THE BEST OF MODERNIST ART
Amadeo de Souza Cardoso was one of Portugalâ€™s top artists of all time, and the Modern Art Center is presenting a special exhibition with all of his works in the museumâ€™s collection together with others of his contemporaries (from around 1910 to 1920) until January.