A charming neighborhood and a leafy square
Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcantara is the district of Principe
Real, essentially an extention of Bairro Alto, with a pleasant square and
shady garden. In the center of the square is a cafe and some exotic trees,
including a hundred-year-old cedar that looks like a giant umbrella, all surrounded by colorful 19th century
At number 26 is Ribeiro da Cunha Palace, a pink and white building dating from 1877, whose architect wanted to create a romantic evocation of the Moorish world. It includes horseshoe arch windows, pyramidal spires, and circular, Oriental-style domes topped by pinnacles, now housing a university department.
This is also Lisbon's gay and lesbian district with several gay bars and clubs, and the area with the most antique shops and galleries, especially along Rua da Escola Politecnica and Rua Dom Pedro V. Going down Rua de São Marçal leads to another charming leafy square and garden, the Praça das Flores, right in the center of this peaceful district of colorful town houses.
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How to Visit
Where: North of Bairro Alto.
How: Metro - Rato Station
Garden - An enchanting botanical garden.
Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara - A garden with a panoramic view over the city.
São Roque Church - Home of the world's most expensive chapel
Camões Square - A busy square and meeting place between Chiado and Bairro Alto.
Chiado Museum - Museum of Portuguese contemporary art.
São Carlos Theater - The city's La Scala-inspired opera house.
Carmo Church - Romantic Gothic ruins evocative of the Great Earthquake.
Miradouro de Santa Catarina - A terrace and cafe with a view.
São Bento Palace - The country's Neoclassical parliament.