The vibrant world around you
Discover the city’s prime area and the outskirts of Lisbon.
The SANA Lisboa Hotel lives up to its reputation. With the city’s name in its denomination, we soon realise that the hotel is located right in the heart of Lisbon, in one of the capital’s busiest streets: Avenida Fontes Pereira de Melo.
If you love shopping, you can find El Corte Inglés just two steps away, in the São Sebastião neighbourhood, the Saldanha commercial galleries and Avenida da Liberdade, one of the city’s prime areas. Nearby, you can find theatres, cinemas and concert halls, making you feel surrounded by culture even if you just step out for a stroll.
The Aerobus stop, which takes you to Lisbon Airport in just 20 minutes, is just 2 minutes away from SANA Lisboa. If you prefer the metro, the Marquês de Pombal station is located just next to SANA Lisboa and will take you there in 40 minutes.
To Lisbon’s historic centre, on foot, the walk takes 15 minutes. If you prefer the metro, get off at “Restauradores” or “Baixa/Chiado” stations (Blue Line).
Neighbourhoods and historic areas
Avenida da Liberdade
The Avenida da Liberdade extends from Marquês de Pombal to Downtown Lisbon, in an area of offices side by side with commerce. Here, you will find various shopping galleries spread over several floors, as well as a range of restaurants and the UCI movie theatre, screening different film genres. In the surrounding streets you can also find the Cinematheque, the Lisbon Coliseum, the Politeama Theatre and the D. Maria II National Theatre.
Baixa is the historic area of reference where you can find everything: trade, art, heritage, cultural diversity... This is where you will find the impressive Praça do Comércio, with the great Rua Augusta Arch on one side, and the romantic Cais das Colunas on the other, by the river. The renovated waterfront, in Avenida Ribeira das Naus, invites you to spend the afternoon on the sidewalk cafes, always looking over the Tagus River. Highlights also include the Santa Justa Lift, with a panoramic view over the rooftops of Lisbon, and the MUDE – Museum of Design and Fashion.
Chiado owes its name to a satirical poet of the 16th century who lived in that area. It’s an upscale neighbourhood, where trade and nightlife come together – a special note to Armazéns do Chiado – intersection between the neighbourhoods of Baixa, Cais do Sodré and Bairro Alto. It’s in Largo do Chiado that you will find one of the most famous and ancient Lisbon cafes, A Brasileira, with the statue of Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa along the sidewalk cafe, greeting all passersby. Nearby, you can also find a great cultural offer: S. Luiz Theatre, Trindade Theatre, São Carlos Theatre (recommended for Opera lovers) and the National Museum of Contemporary Art, known as Chiado Museum.
This is a typical Lisbon neighbourhood, with grocery stores and taverns during the day, but that gain another life when the sun goes down. This is the perfect place to have dinner and unwind with a drink, inside one of the bars or even on the street, on a warm summer night. Then go down to Bica or even Cais do Sodré to extend your night fun.
Cais do Sodré
It’s where Lisbon’s nightlife reaches its peak. On the famous Rua Cor-de-Rosa (Pink Street) you’ll find a wide selection of bars and places to grab a snack and, right next to it, at the Ribeira Market, the offer is equally interesting. This is the bohemian area of the moment to have a drink and dance until dawn.
Príncipe Real is one of Lisbon’s trendiest neighbourhoods, with a garden and sidewalk cafes where you feel like spending the afternoon. The neighbourhood has a lot of artistic and commercial life, with interior design shops, design and art galleries. In the garden, walk down the stairs that lead to the beautiful Reservatório da Patriarcal, underground galleries part of the Water Museum. On a regular basis, there are organic produce markets and craft and antique fairs. You can also discover the Botanical Garden and the Science and Natural History Museum nearby.
Take the 28 tram towards Estrela. Get off in front of the Basílica, one of the most beautiful churches of Lisbon and one of the neighbourhood’s symbols. Up ahead you’ll also find the Estrela Garden, ideal for a stroll or simply to enjoy a drink on the sidewalk cafe.
A neighbourhood you just have to visit. In addition to the gardens with lawns and sidewalk cafes, where you feel like staying to enjoy the sunset by the river, this is where we find some of the city’s most iconic monuments: the Belém Tower, the Jerónimos Monastery and the Discoveries Monument. And, of course, you must try one of our famous Pastéis de Belém.
Parque das Nações
Developed for the Expo 98, Parque das Nações is the most cosmopolitan area of Lisbon. with the head offices of many companies and multinationals. Always following the Tagus River side by side, this is a quiet place to stroll during the day, and a great area to have fun at night. The Oceanarium, the Meo Arena and the Lisbon Casino are some of the places to visit.
São Pedro de Alcântara
Here you will find one of the most beautiful views of the city, with the São Jorge Castle in front. The São Pedro de Alcântara Viewpoint is the ideal place for a refreshing drink at the end of the day, before a dinner in a typical Lisbon restaurant and a visit to one of the many bars in Bairro Alto, right next door. If you are in the Avenida da Liberdade area, it’s easy to get up with a little help of the Glória Lift.
Miradouro da Graça
The Bairro da Graça is abundant in viewpoints, with amazing views over Lisbon. If you want to see the most beautiful sunsets over the city, this is where you should go, as you treat yourself to a drink. The Viewpoints of Graça and Senhora do Monte and the recent Cerca da Graça garden viewpoint offer stunning landscapes of the São Jorge Castle, the 25 de Abril Bridge and the hills of Lisbon, with its traditional houses. Take the opportunity to go down to Alfama, on foot or by tram, and discover the typical alleys of Lisbon. On Saturdays and Tuesdays you can also walk through Lisbon’s flea market, called “Feira da Ladra” where, literally, everything is sold.
Miradouro das Portas do Sol
Halfway between the Lisbon Cathedral (Sé) and the Castle is Portas do Sol Viewpoint – with fantastic terraces and simply spectacular views over the river. Down below, you can see the Church of São Vicente de Fora and the houses of the Alfama neighbourhood, illuminated by Lisbon’s incredible light. From here it’s very easy to go up to the Castle or, if you prefer, to walk down to Alfama through the charming little steps. A little further down, if you go towards the Lisbon Cathedral (Sé), you’ll find another viewpoint, the Santa Luzia.
Jardim do Torel
Located next to Campo dos Mártires da Pátria, on the slope facing Avenida da Liberdade, the Torel Garden is surrounded by 19th century palaces. The view over Lisbon stands out and, within walking distance, you will find the Lavra Lift, which will take you to Rua das Portas de Santo Antão, popularly known as Rua do Culiseu (be sure to check the schedule of upcoming concerts at the Coliseu dos Recreios). During the summer, an urban beach is created at this garden, with sand and a fountain transformed into a swimming pool. This year there will also be an urban beach in the Belém area.
Going up the famous Bica Lift, comming from Cais do Sodré, and also a short distance away from Chiado and Bairro Alto, we find the Santa Catarina Neighbourhood – with its famous viewpoint, better known as the Adamastor Viewpoint (Adamastor is the figure depicted in the garden statue and in the classic work of Camões, “Os Lusíadas”).). Let yourself be amazed by the wonderful views of the Tagus River, while relaxing in one of the terraces.
In the vicinity of Campo Pequeno, Culturgest is an important cultural centre, with a wide artistic, musical, theatre, dance and cinema programming. Film and documentary festivals, such as IndieLisboa or DocLisboa, also take place here.
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Situated next to Praça de Espanha, it’s a privileged area for exhibitions, dance performances or concerts. The Foundation also features the Centro de Arte Moderna (Centre of Modern Art) and beautiful gardens, where you can go for a stroll and watch some shows – the outdoor auditorium is ideal for this.
Arpad Szenes-Vieira da Silva Foundation
In the Amoreiras Garden area, this is a museum dedicated to the work of painter Maria Helena Vieira da Silva and her husband, Arpad Szenes.
Belém Cultural Centre / Berardo Museum
In Belém, you have to visit the Cultural Centre, with a wide programming of exhibitions and dance, theatre and musical shows. It’s also where the Berardo Museum can be found, with an excellent contemporary art collection.
Located in Campo Grande, it’s a space dedicated to the history of the city of Lisbon, with Baroque style gardens.
Near Marquês de Pombal, in Rua Barata Salgueiro, this is a temple for movie buffs.
Located in Sete Rios, the Lisbon Zoo has been and still is one of the city’s main attractions for 130 years. Here, you will find more than 2,000 of 330 different species: from mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and arthropods. The Zoo also works as a botanical and conservation centre, focused on the breeding and reintroduction into natural habitats of endangered species. There are several thematic activities that allow you to get to know more about the different species. The metro takes you right outside the Zoo (blue line).
Throughout the city - especially in the older and meandering neighbourhoods like Mouraria and Alfama - you can find buildings with features inspired by Moorish architecture. From patios to vaults and windows with beautiful arabesques, discover some places where the Moorish influence is notable.
Casa do Alentejo
In Rua das Portas de Santo Antão, a cultural centre that also includes a restaurant serving traditional southern Portuguese food, from the region of Alentejo.
Campo Pequeno Arena: It’s impossible not to notice it if you go up towards the Campo Pequeno area. The building dates back to late 19th century and the whole architecture is of Arab inspiration. Currently, it serves as a concert hall and a shopping centre on the lower level.
Rossio train station: It’s one of the main suburban train stations and one of Lisbon’s most beautiful buildings. This is where you take the train to visit the beautiful village of Sintra.
Amoreiras Shopping Centre
An iconic shopping centre in the city of Lisbon and located in the area of Amoreiras, very close to Marquês de Pombal, connecting with the A5 motorway. This is an area of commerce and offices, with the beautiful Campo de Ourique neighbourhood right next door.
El Corte Inglés
El Corte Inglés is easy to find, in the intersection between the avenues Avenida António Augusto de Aguiar, Avenida Marquês de Fronteira and Avenida Sidónio Pais and very close to Parque Eduardo VII. Here, you will find various shopping galleries spread over several floors, as well as a range of restaurants and the UCI movie theatre, screening different film genres. If you take the metro, get off at Parque (blue line) or São Sebastião stations (blue and red lines).
Colombo: Situated right in front of the Luz Stadium, Colombo is one of Lisbon’s major shopping centres, also with movie theatres, a bowling alley and a children’s playground. You’ll reach Colombo very easily getting out at Colégio Militar metro station (blue line).
The area of Avenida Fontes Pereira de Melo, Picoas and Praça do Duque de Saldanha is one of the busiest in the capital, mixing offices and commerce. Here, you will find various shopping centres and galleries, namely Dolce Vita Monumental (with movie theatre), 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.