- Food & Drink
- Design & Culture
- Cars, Jets & Yachts
By Chris | July 4 2007
Don’t miss out on Lisbon’s wealth of attractions and adventures
Located to the west of Lisbon’s center, on the banks of the Tagus, Belém is the city’s famous historic quarter and is intrinsically linked to the city’s maritime past.
Belém is home to the UNESCO world heritage site of Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery, two fine examples of Manueline architecture and enduring symbols of Lisbon’s historic ties to the sea. As you wander through Belém’s plentiful green spaces and 17th and 18th century decorated houses, be sure to stop at Antiga Confeitaria de Belém and sample its famous Pasteis de Belém custard tarts. Visit Belém’s Ajuda Palace and Coaches Museum and take in the grandeur and opulent life of Portugal’s royalty. Modern culture vultures will also have their appetites sated at the Berardo Museum, which houses an impressive collection of modern art, including works by Picasso, Pollock and Warhol. Private tours are available for VIP guests.
Just a short trip outside Lisbon in the stunning Sintra-Cascais National Park, Oitavos Dunes offers world-class golfing in an unforgettable location.
The course is nestled between deep pine woods, set against the Sintra Mountains and Cabo do Roca, Europe’s most westerly point, providing majestic ocean views. Aside from the spectacular scenery the course itself is world renowned as it can be played at any time of year. Course architect Arthur Hills has done an excellent job of incorporating the course into its unique location.
One of the world’s greatest museums and too often overlooked in Europe, the Gulbenkian Museum holds an outstanding collection of Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Islamic, Asian and European art.
Gathered over 40 years by oil tycoon Calouste Gulbenkian, the treasures were donated to Portugal, his adopted home, after his death in 1955. The museum brings together millennia-old treasures and great European artists such as Monet and Rembrandt – all under one roof. Among the many highlights are the gold Egyptian mummy masks and the serene garden, providing visitors with the perfect retreat from the bustle of the city.