The district of Príncipe Real is found north of Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara, and south of Rato a central district of Lisbon.
If you visit Lisbon make sure to put this charming Rua on the itinerary! There are a whole range of shops, gin parlours, boutiques and restaurants and a couple of beautiful gardens on route. The “Jardim do Príncipe Real” has a 100-year-old cedar tree spanning into a large ceiling providing cover for benches and chairs for you to help you hide from the midday sun. The park has a farmers’ market each Saturday and antique exhibitions during the last weekend of every month.
The gardens here are one of my favourite places to relax and take refuge away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The huge cedar tree is like something out of a fairytale book, the canopy of the tree is so dense with branches as to be completely rain and sun proof. It splays like a vast mushroom and is perfect for taking a rest underneath. It has been around much longer then us, I wonder to think how many millions of people have utilised it’s shade, go and pay homage!
The main Rua of Príncipe Real should keep you occupied for at least half a day. Walking some distance from the central park, you are frequented by many 19th-Century buildings, including the impressive Convento de São Pedro de Alcântara. I happened upon a gin parlour in a boutique type shopping mall and was incredibly impressed by the selection. I think I had a gin infused with cucumber, or cucumber plonked inside from what I could make out. I think they may have felt the need to justify the 20 euro price tag with swanky semantics. In any event it worked and I happily forked out for a round of them.
Places to Visit in Lisbon Near Principe Real:
While journeying up Príncipe Real do not forget to visit some more of the best of Lisbon!
- Botanical Garden: Take a visit and know the native plant varieties of Portugal and their significance.
- Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara: A nice big garden to sit and stare at the view of the city.
- Chiado Museum: A beautiful contemporary art museum.
- Camões Square: A stop and hop meeting place between the localities of Chiado and Bairro Alto.
- São Roque Church: It is a magnificent church with excellent interiors and priciest chapels.
- If you are looking for further exciting places to see and visit then please consult our best of the best in Lisbon guide!