Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Lisbon

Elevador da Santa Justa
Situated within the tourist and shopping district of the city, this 45m-high elevator was built by a disciple of Eiffel. Take a trip to the top to see unchallenged sights of the city.
Teatro Nacional Dona Maria II
Praca Dom Pedro IV forms an important focal point in the city, both geographically and socially. The imperious columns tower high above the square, creating an awe inspiring atmosphere...
MuDe
MuDe, Lisbon's Design and Fashion Museum, is one of the world's leading museums of 20th century design, housing a collection of over 1,000 design objects and 1,200 couture pieces.
Centro Cultural de Belem
The CCB's block-like limestone structure caused no end of controversy when it opened in 1993, but it plays host to some of the city's best music, theatre and dance events...
Convento do Carmo
Situated in central Chiado, the site falls just off Rua Garrett, the Church, although in ruins, allows those interested in architecture to observe the fascinating Gothic arches and savour its fascinating history...
Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos
The theatre still hosts classical performances - alongside its contemporary festival in November - and tickets are cheap.
Torre de Belem
A visit to Belem will give tourists a whistle-stop introduction to Lisbon's historic past combined with its contemporary culture. The tower is one of Lisbon's most recognised cultural symbols.
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Situated rather remotely outside the main city, the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos is a fine example of Manueline architecture, and includes a monastery, cloisters and church.
Centro de Arte Moderna
The Centro de Arte Moderna is placed appropriately outside the main city; Lisbon offers a wealth of contradictions where modernity meets with un-wavering tradition...
Calouste Gulbenkian
Situated further out of the city centre, this cultural spot is recognised as one of Lisbon's most significant. Host to its own orchestra, the Gulbenkian is also a well used premises by international orchestras.
Coliseu dos Recreios
Situated at the bottom of the Avenida de Liberdade, once noted by Fernando Pessoa as 'the finest artery in Lisbon', this impressive coliseum hosts a variety of musical events.
Mae de Agua
This 'aqueduct of free waters' falls within what are known as the middle-class districts. Pleasantly peaceful surroundings can be found around in the Jardim das Amoreiras.
Castelo de Sao Jorge
This hilltop fortification predates the Romans, who occupied it at one point. It features as an important institution for Lisboetas as well as a popular hike for tourists.
Ocenarium
Containing species of sea life from the Antarctic, Indian, Pacific and Atlantic oceans, this aquarium is popular with families. Although more remote, it is sandwiched between two other cultural hotspots.
Museu Nacional do Azulejo
The museum documents original trademarks from Portuguese heritage, and a relaxing lunch in the courtyard will make the journey seem even less of a chore...
Chapito
The Costa do Castela road circumnavigates the Castelo de Sao Jorge; the neighbourhood is lively and the Chapito circus school only affirms the bohemian and artistic wealth of the area...
Galeria Zé dos Bois (ZDB)
A leftfield performance space in the heart of the Bairro Alto, Lisbon's creative hub...

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