This is a neighborhood mixing residential with some commerce along primarily wide boulevards. Houses maintain their original architecture, dominated by larger homes. Not surprisingly, this is a popular area for families. This district is well known for the hospital that gave its name to the area, Hospital da Estefânia, which specializes in pediatrics, and its two central avenues: Avenida Pascoal de Melo, where most of the traditional shops, furniture stores, cafes, restaurants and garden are concentrated and Almirante Reis, the avenue that is always changing to reflect the latest trends. There isn’t a strong sense of neighborhood here, yet it’s an interesting place to live given its central location, accessibility, proximity to public transport and good social facilities such as schools and police.
Top 5 Attractions
Nossa Senhora do Monte’s Viewpoint
It was once one of the city’s biggest secrets, but it has been discovered by tour guides and young couples. It offers a panoramic view of Lisbon, which is also observed by a small image of the Virgin that gives the place its name (“Our Lady of the Mount”).
Dating from 1940, when the world was at war and Lisbon remained at peace, this is a monumental fountain placed in the center of a new neighborhood at the time, the “Avenidas Novas.” It’s made up of a large basin where the water falls from the upper platforms, and of several sculptures: Triton on horseback and four mermaids.
Madre de Deus Convent – National Tile Museum
Unique in the world, this lavish former convent is now a museum presenting an ancient art form (decorative ceramic tiles). Worth the visit for the beautiful church alone (pictured on the right).
Ramiro Sea Food
Known for its fresh seafood (mostly caught in the cold waters of the north of the Iberian peninsula), this is one of the most popular seafood restaurants in Lisbon. Open for half a century, it attracts diverse crowds for its quality seafood and an authentic ambience.
The neoclassical exterior of this church is just over one hundred years old, but the baroque interior dates back to the 1600s.
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