Lisbon Places

Príncipe Real Lisbon neighborhood

Principe Real neighborhood was the most vibrant and laid back area in Lisbon where we spent two days. The neighborhood seemed more relaxed to us without feeling overwhelmed by the crowds of tourists we encountered when walking around popular areas of Bairro Alto, the neighboring downtown area of Lisbon. Bairro Alto on streets near the waterfront seem to be the gravitational attraction for most tourists in the city. Perhaps the uphill walk from Bairro Alto to Principe Real keeps the neighborhood a little less congested.

Lost in Principe Real, Lisbon
Yes, Life is Good sign outside Faz Frio Restaurant in Principe Real, Lisbon.

We arrived at Memmo Real Principe Hotelmy hotel review (Marriott Bonvoy 35,000 points) around noon and left our luggage while we explored the neighborhood. Faz Frio provided a tasty lunch with beer.

Faz Frio octopus salad with Super Bock lager.

The Botanical Garden of Lisbon and Natural History Museum are two of the major attractions in Principe Real. Tickets are 5 EUR for the garden and 6 EUR for the museum. A combination ticket for 8 EUR allows admission to both.

We opted for the free Principe Real Garden across the street.

Principe Real Garden Lisbon.
130-year old Mexican cedar tree in Garden Principe Real. Cupressus lusitanica is a species of cyprus native to Mexico and Central America.

A cool music infused 2019 YouTube 2-minute video of the Mexican cedar tree.

2017 Memorial to the Victims of homophobia, lesbophobia and transphobia in Garden Principe Real.

Principe Real Garden is a laid back place with a cafe serving burgers and beer, many benches, grassy areas, a playground, large fountain (not running during our visit) and some cool views from the perimeter streets.

View of Ponte 25 de Abril often compared to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. Gail at Large created a photo comparison of two bridges.
Lisbon rooftops.
Principe Real Lisbon house garden.

Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara

My favorite spot in the Principe Real neighborhood is a public terrace and beer garden at Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara. The views are terrific and the place was packed with people on the weekend. A stage offered live music for the community.

Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara beer garden.
Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara view to St. George’s Castle and Tagus River.
Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara panorama photo.
Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara view across downtown Lisbon to Miradouro da Senhora do Monte (tree covered white wall).
Friday evening gathering at Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara.
Lagunitas Brewing in Petaluma, California is a brewpub I used to vist in the 1990s on road trips between Eureka and San Francisco.  Our beer preference in Lisbon was Super Bock for about 2 EUR per liter bottle in markets.
Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara fountain.