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Book a hotel near Santos and you’ll find yourself in one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Lisbon, covering the Alcantara, Lapa and Madragoa areas.
Santos is known for its blend of old-world charm and a contemporary atmosphere. This was formerly an industrial area, which went through gentrification in 2006 be become one of the cool-est districts in the city, possessing a distinct party vibe. The most popular restored streets of Santos are Rua das Janelas Verdes and Rua do Sacramento à Lapa, which have their origins in the 18th Century. Santos is also home to Lisbon’s Institute of Visual Arts: Marketing and Design (IADE), so you’ll find students, architects and design lovers, and their works, all over the neighbourhood.
Things to Do in Santos
Discover the beautiful Necessidades Palace. Located in Largo das Necessidades, it was com-pleted just five years before the Earthquake of 1755. This is the only surviving historic royal resi-dence and today it is the home of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Although you cannot visit the in-terior, the sights of this pink palace from the terrace over 25 Abril Bridge are stunning.
The 25 Abril Bridge across the Tagus River is actually quite a sight itself. It is very similar in design to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, constructed by the same American company. This iconic bridge links the capital to the south of the country. Its original name was Salazar Bridge (af-ter Portugal's former dictator), but its name was changed to that of the date of the revolution that brought democracy to Portugal- 25 April 1974.
Visit NMAA, the Ancient Art National Museum, which is one of the best historical museums in Lisbon. Here you’ll find collections of Portuguese and European art, like the famous Saint Vincent panels thought to be by Nuno Gonçalves. Its unique location is all part of the charm too, on top of a hill that provides the most beautiful views.
Explore the Oriental Museum, which displays Indo-Portuguese pieces, Chinese ceramics, masks, paintings, as well as Hindu and Buddhist pieces dating from the arrival of the Portuguese in the East.
Taste Lisbon’s traditional pestiscos (tapas) restaurants and the famous grilled sardines in the picturesque streets of Madragoa.
Enjoy a meal in Docas-Santo Amaro, a marina under the 25 Abril Bridge with lots of trendy restaurants and bars. Nearby is also the new Lx Factory, an art centre with designer shops and eateries.
Have fun on the party avenue, Avenida 24 de Julho, where locals and tourists head to hip local bars and clubs where they dance until dawn.
Lisbon has an excellent tram, metro and bus service, so its easy to explore the Santos area via public transport, but you can also opt to rent a car in Lisbon and ex-plore at your own pace.