One of the capital's most prestigious and noble neighbourhoods
In the heart of Príncipe Real, between Rua Cecílio de Sousa and Rua de São Marçal, the Contreiras Palace affirms its centrality in one of Lisbon’s best quarters to live in and enjoy: an old aristocratic neighbourhood that is now a must-see destination in the capital, combining the most innovative concepts of fashion, restaurants and design.
Walking through its streets, you will find historic palaces, gardens, antique shops, griffe and vintage fashion boutiques, exuberant art, design and decoration spaces, quiet squares, cosy esplanades, coffee shops and elegant tea houses, and some of the better known restaurants and hotels in Lisbon that have preserved the charm and allure of the place while lending it a new zest.
The palace is located close to the Águas Livres Aqueduct and next to Bairro Alto, which gives it a unique setting in one of the oldest capitals in Europe: right in the centre of Lisbon but within easy reach of the main motorways and the city’s international airport.
The Príncipe Real neighbourhood has the charm that keeps alive the Lisbon of yore while lacking none of the details that make that same Lisbon one of the most cosmopolitan, vibrant and sought-after capital cities in Europe.
Among nature, luxury, art and the bohemian life
Just above Contreiras Palace stands the Príncipe Real Garden, a romantic garden named after King Pedro V, son of Queen Maria II. This is a pleasant square planted with exotic trees, including a giant centenary cedar, and surrounded by colourful 19th-century mansions. Also close by is the splendid Botanical Garden, spanning four hectares of subtropical vegetation originating from all corners of the world that surrounds the imposing National Museum of Natural History and Science.
Two steps away you will find the emblematic viewpoint of São Pedro de Alcântara, with breathtaking views over old Lisbon, its castle and the luxurious Avenida da Liberdade, which together with also close-by Chiado and Amoreiras, is one of Lisbon’s shopping destinations par excellence.
Following one of Lisbon’s seven hills, S. Roque, you will reach Bairro Alto, one of the most typical and bohemian quarters of the capital, teeming with restaurants, fado houses and bars that keep the city awake all night long.
Going downhill you will arrive at the São Bento district, known for the neoclassical palace of the Assembly of the Republic, the antique shops of Rua de São Bento, and Praça das Flores, with its cosy and quiet garden surrounded by restaurants, terraces and gourmet shops.
The Contreiras Palace is surrounded by all the enticements that invite you to enjoy the best of Lisbon.