Friday, 22 April 2016

Lisbon Chronicles | Príncipe Real

The neighborhood of Principe Real (it means Royal Prince and the name was given in honor of the prince D. Pedro, son of D. Maria II and who was to become Dom Pedro V) is one of the nicest neighborhoods in the city of Lisbon. The gardens and quiet squares lined with colorful palaces, the antique shops, restaurants and bars, tourists who walk and senior citizens playing deck in the shade of trees all contribute to its undeniable charm.
The real estate recovery has turned the Príncipe Real neighborhood an increasingly attractive place to live and the quality of the commerce makes it a place to visit that can not to be missed. You can get there by car (has several parking lots), but the easiest way for those visiting the city is to take the metro to Rato station. From there follow the Rua da Escola Politécnica, where you can find  the Natural History Museum of Lisbon and the Botanical Garden. A few more meters and you reach the Principe Real square with its pleasant garden.
There you’ll find a kiosk where you can buy cold drinks or coffee. If you want to know some Portuguese brands or to have lunch, you can visit the Embaixada (Embassy), ​​an interesting commercial gallery, housed in a palace of the nineteenth century.
Continuing along Rua Dom Pedro V, and down towards the Chiado, you’ll find the viewpoint of St. Peter of Alcântara, were you must do a stop and look at the city. There you can follow to Chiado or take the elevator of Glory (funicular) and go down to Restauradores.

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