LISBON - BELÉM
HAVE A CUP OF COFFEE LOOKING OVER THE TAGUS
As if it were a window wide open to the unique shine of the Tagus, the Quadrante café will soothe your gaze and spirit. Found inside the Jardim das Oliveira of the Belém Cultural Centre (CCB), it is a space of rare beauty. (Winter: 10 am – 8 pm; Summer: 10 am – 10 pm).
SEE CONTEMPORARY ART AT THE BERARDO COLLECTION MUSEUM
Integrated in the Centro Cultural de Belém building, the Berardo collection is one of the best international private collections of 20th century art. The collection contains pieces of key authors associated with movements such as Surrealism, Pop Art, Hyperrealism, Minimalism and Conceptual Art. It is a very important place not to be missed by all those who are interested in learning about the art and culture of previous decades. (213 612 570. 10 am – 7 pm. Fridays: 10 am – 8 pm. Always open).
SEE OLD COACHES AT THE MUSEU DOS COCHES
Coaches, carriages and sedan chairs from the 16th century onwards. (Praça Afonso de Albuquerque. 10 am – 6 pm. Closed on Mondays. €4. Free admittance on Sundays and public holidays until 2 pm.)
VISIT THE CENTRO CULTURAL DE BELÉM (BELÉM CULTURAL CENTRE)
This is a large exhibition centre for the contemporary arts, which, in conjunction with the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, makes up a large plaza. It also houses several venues for shows, permanently exhibiting all kinds of cultural events. Its architecture is restrained, with simple marble masonry, reminding one somewhat of the ziggurats of old, due to its proportions and the ever growing masses. Every weekend the Centre is filled with visitors that come in to cherish its inner and outer terraces facing the river, and all the events they offer. It has a cafeteria with a terrace, a bookstore specialising in fine arts and also has a reading room (named after the writer Jorge de Sena, closed Sundays and holidays). (213 612 400. Praça do Império. Always open).