The vibrant world that surrounds you
Discover the city's premium area and the Lisbon neighborhoods.
The SANA Lisboa Hotel lives up to its reputation. With the word Lisbon in its name, we soon realize that the hotel is located right in the city's heart, one of Lisbon's busiest avenues: Fontes Pereira de Melo Avenue.
If you are a shopping lover you have, at walking distance, the El Corte Ingles, in the São Sebastião neighborhood, the Saldanha shoppings and the Avenida da Liberdade, one of the premium areas of the city. Side by side, you can find theaters, cinemas and concert halls, giving a cultural environment to those leaving the SANA Lisboa to walk a bit around town.
The Aerobus stop, which takes you to Lisbon Airport, is 2 minutes from SANA Lisboa. It will take you around 20 minutes to get there. If you prefer the metro, the Marques de Pombal station is located right next to the SANA Lisboa. The trip will take you 40 minutes.
Walking to the historic center of Lisbon it will take you no more than 15 minutes. If you prefer the metro, get off at Restauradores or Baixa/Chiado (the blue line).
Neighborhoods and historical areas
Avenida da Liberdade (Liberty Avenue)
The Liberty Avenue goes from the Marquês de Pombal to Baixa (Downtown), and it's simultaneously an office and commerce area. Here you will find several of the most famous brands and clothing stores as well as some cultural venues such as São Jorge Cinema and the Tivoli Theatre. In the surrounding streets you will also find the Cinematheque, the Lisbon Coliseum, the Politeama Theatre and the National Theatre D. Maria II.
The Baixa is an important historic area and where you can find everything: commerce, art, cultural heritage and diversity. In this neighborhood you must visit the majestic Praça do Comércio, with the grand arch of Rua Augusta on one side, and the romantic Cais das Colunas on the other side, along the waterfront. The renovated riverfront, Avenida Ribeira das Naus, invites you to spend the afternoon on the terrace, facing the Tagus River. We also suggest a visit to the Santa Justa Lift, with a panoramic view of the Lisbon roofs, and the MUDE - Museum of Design and Fashion.
The Chiado owes its name to a sixteenth century satirical poet who lived in that area. It's an upscale neighborhood where commerce and nightlife come together – a special note on the Armazéns do Chiado – in a crossroad between Baixa, Cais do Sodré and Bairro Alto. It's at Largo do Chiado that you'll find one of the most famous and old Lisbon cafes, A Brasileira, with the statue of poet Fernando Pessoa greeting those who pass. There's also several cultural attractions nearby: the Teatro S. Luiz, the Teatro da Trindade, Teatro de São Carlos (recommended if you are an opera lover) and the National Museum of Contemporary Art, known as the Chiado Museum.
This is a typical Lisbon neighborhood, with grocery stores and taverns during the day, but with a frenetic and different life when night falls. For a nice dinner and then relax with a drink, inside one of the many bars or even in the street on a hot summer night, this is the place. If you want to extend your night fun, go all the way down to the Bica and also to the Cais do Sodré.
Cais do Sodré
This is where Lisbon nightlife is at its greatest. On the famous Rua Cor-de-Rosa (Pink Street) you have a wide range of bars and places to have a snack, and very close you have the Ribeira Market, where the offer is equally interesting. For a drink and dance until late, this is the bohemian area of the moment.
Príncipe Real is one of Lisbon's most trendy neighborhoods, with a beautiful garden and terraces where you feel like spending the afternoon. The neighborhood has plenty of artistic and commercial life with decoration shops, design and art galleries. In the garden, dare to go down the stairs that lead to the beautiful underground galleries of the Reservatório da Patriarcal, a part of the Water Museum. Also noteworthy are the markets of organic food, crafts and antiques that take place here regularly. Also discover the Botanical Garden and the Museum of Science and Natural History.
Take the 28 tram towards Estrela. Get out in front of the Basilica, one of the most beautiful churches of Lisbon and one of the symbols of the neighborhood. Just across the street you find the Estrela Garden, ideal for strolling or simply enjoy a drink on the terrace.
A neighborhood that you can't miss out. In addition to the gardens with lawns and terraces, where you can enjoy the sunset by the river, in Belém you find some of the most iconic monuments of the city: the Belém Tower, Jerónimos Monastery and the Monument of Discoveries. And, of course, here you must try one of the famous and delicious Pastéis de Belém (a kind of custard tart).
Nation's Park (Parque das Nações)
Built at the time of Expo 98, the Nation's Park neighborhood is Lisbon's most cosmopolitan area, with many companies and multinationals established there. Always side by side with the river Tagus, it's a quiet place to walk during the day, and a fun zone overnight. The Oceanarium, the Meo Arena and the Lisbon Casino are some of the places to visit.
São Pedro de Alcântara
This is one of the most beautiful views of the city, with the Castle of St. George just in front. The São Pedro de Alcântara Viewpoint is the ideal place for a refreshing drink in the evening before having dinner at a typical Lisbon restaurant, and then a visit to one of the many bars in the Bairro Alto, right next door. If you are in the area of Avenida da Liberdade it's very easy to get here, coming up the Elevador da Glória (tram).
Miradouro da Graça
The Bairro da Graça is very rich in viewpoints and breathtaking views over Lisbon. If you want to see the most beautiful sunset over the city, this is where to do it, while enjoying a drink. The Viewpoint of Graça, the Senhora do Monte Viewpoint and the Cerca da Graça Garden offer stunning landscapes, with the Castle of St. George, the 25 de Abril Bridge and the hills of Lisbon with its traditional houses. Enjoy going down to Alfama on foot or by tram, and discover the typical small streets of Lisbon. On Saturdays and Tuesdays you can also stroll through the Feira da Ladra (flea market), where they sell literally everything.
Miradouro das Portas do Sol
Halfway between the Lisbon Cathedral (Sé) and the Castle you find the Portas do Sol Viewpoint – with fantastic terraces and a simply spectacular view of the river. Fom there you can see the Monastery of São Vicente de Fora and the houses of Alfama, lit by the incredible light of Lisbon. It's very easy to reach the Castle from here or, if you prefer, you can go down to Alfama going by picturesque stairways. A little further down, if you go towards the Cathedral, you find another viewpoint, the Santa Luzia.
Jardim do Torel
Located next to Campo dos Mártires da Pátria, on the side facing the Avenida da Liberdade, the Garden of Torel is surrounded by palaces of the nineteenth century. The view over Lisbon is very beautiful and within walking distance you find the Elevador do Lavra (tram), which will take you to Rua das Portas de Santo Antão, popularly known as the Colosseum Street (be sure to take a look at the concert programming at the Lisbon Coliseum). During the summer, the Torel has been chosen to have an urban beach with sand and a small pool. This year there will also be an urban beach in the Belém area.
If you take the famous Elevador da Bica (tram) when you are coming from the Cais do Sodré, and also within walking distance of Chiado and Bairro Alto, you find the Santa Catarina neighborhood – here you have a famous viewpoint, better known as the Adamastor viewpoint, (Adamastor is the statue in the garden and the a central figure in the classical work of Camões, The Lusíadas). Let yourself be amazed by the wonderful views of the Tagus River while relaxing in one of the terraces.
Nearby Campo Pequeno, Culturgest is an important center of culture, with a wide artistic and musical offer, as well as theater, dance and film. Film festivals and documentary as IndieLisboa or DocLisboa take place here.
Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
Located next to Praça de Espanha, Gulbenkian is an excellent place to attend exhibitions, dance performances or concerts. The Foundation also includes the Modern Art Centre and beautiful gardens where, in addition to sightseeing, you can watch some musical shows - the outdoor auditorium is ideal for that.
Fundação Arpad Szenes-Vieira da Silva
Located near the Amoreiras Garden, it's a museum dedicated to the life and work of the painter Maria Helena Vieira da Silva and her husband, Arpad Szenes.
Centro Cultural de Belém/Museu Berardo
In Belém, you must visit the Cultural Center, which has an extensive program of exhibitions and dance performances, theater and music. It is also where you find the Berardo Museum, with an excellent collection of contemporary art.
Museu da Cidade
Located in Campo Grande, it's a space dedicated to the history of Lisbon. Another highlight are the baroque style gardens.
Cinemateca/Museu do Cinema
Near Marquês de Pombal, in Rua Barata Salgueiro, it is the ideal place for cinema lovers.
Located in Sete Rios, the Zoo is one of the city's main attractions. Here you will find more than 2000 animals of 330 different species: mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and arthropods. The Zoo also works as a botanical center and also for conservation, reproduction and reintroduction of endangered species into the wild. There are several thematic activities that allow you to know the different species even better . The subway takes you right to the Zoo (blue line).
Traces of the Moors
Throughout the city - especially in older and winding neighborhoods like Mouraria and Alfama – you will find buildings with features inspired by Arab architecture. From domes to patios and windows with beautiful arabesques, discover some places where the Moorish influence is remarkable.
Casa do Alentejo
In Rua das Portas de Santo Antão, a cultural center that also includes a restaurant with cuisine from the Alentejo (Southern Portugal).
Campo Pequeno Bullring
It is impossible not to notice the anciente Bullring if you're at Campo Pequeno. The building is from the late nineteenth century and the entire architecture is of Arabic inspiration. It is currently a theater and also has a shopping center downstairs.
Rossio Train Station
It is one of the main suburban train stations and one of the nicest buildings in Lisbon. This is where you should take the train to visit the beautiful town of Sintra.
Amoreiras Shopping Center: An iconic shopping center in Lisbon and located in the area of Amoreiras, very close to the Marquês de Pombal and the connection to the A5 highway. It's an area with plenty of offices and commerce, with the beautiful Campo de Ourique neighborhood next door.
El Corte Inglés
It's easy to find El Corte Inglés, at the intersection of Avenida António Augusto de Aguiar, Marquês de Fronteira and Sidónio Pais, and very close to the Eduardo VII Park. Here you will find several floors of department stores, a large offer of dinner options and also the UCI cinemas, with a wide range of film genres. If you take the subway get out at Park station (blue line) or São Sebastião (blue and red line line).
Located directly opposite to the Estádio da Luz, Colombo is one of Lisbon's main shopping centers. Here you can also enjoy cinemas, bowling and activities for children. You get easily to Colombo by taking the subway to Colégio Militar/Luz (blue line).
The area of Avenida Fontes Pereira de Melo, Picoas and Duque de Saldanha Square is one of the busiest in the capital, due to the many offices and shops. Here you will find several shopping centers and galleries, especially the Dolce Vita Monumental (with cinema), Saldanha Residence and Atrium Saldanha.
What to see near Lisbon
One of the best things about Lisbon, when compared to other European capitals, is the possibility of, in less than 30 minutes, to enjoy the most varied beaches that surround the region. There are many options.
Cascais / Estoril / Carcavelos
From SANA Lisboa to the beaches of Cascais, the trip lasts 30 minutes by car. Right at the Marques de Pombal Square, next to the SANA Lisboa, there's a sign pointing to the A5 highway. Follow this direction.
From Cais do Sodré - green metro line and then train - You can also make the journey by train to Carcavelos, Estoril or Cascais, since all these locations have a train station and the beach right next door.
Costa da Caparica
You can also try the beaches across the Tagus in Costa da Caparica. From SANA Lisboa to the beaches of the Costa it's 20/25 minutes. Also in the Marques de Pombal Square follow the sign A2 and then to Costa da Caparica.
The town of Sintra is one of the most beautiful in the country. Full of history, palaces, castles, regional food and a medieval environment, Sintra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The train - at Rossio train station, metro station Restauradores - is the simplest way to reach this destination. It's 45 minutes away.