Luxury Art Escapes in Lisbon, Portugal

From world-class art galleries and museums to age-old architecture, Moorish castles, and ultra-contemporary architecture designs, Lisbon is a great destination for art lovers.

Once thought of as a sleepy seaside escape overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Lisbon has become a thriving capital city in Portugal with lots of culture and European charm. For lovers of art, there are many different artistic, architectural, and design attractions to appreciate in or around the Lisbon area.

Built on seven hills on the northern side of the Tejo river, the city of Lisbon is especially picturesque with its red roofs, narrow alleyways, and pedestrian streets. Older buildings with crumbling walls to modern design hotels somehow blend seamlessly into the background when you walk down the street.

For culture, art, and design lovers, here’s what you should know about Lisbon’s attractions and sights.

Art escape room in Lisbon, Portugal

Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga offers Portugal’s national collection of mainly European and Portuguese art from the 14-19th centuries.

Calouste Gulbenkian Museum showcases the art collection amassed by Calouste Gulbenkian, including Egyptian artifacts and paintings by greats like Rembrandt, Manet, Monet, Renoir, and Cassat. Located in downtown Lisbon, the museum’s garden is also worth a visit.

CCB or The Belem Cultural Centre has a permanent contemporary art exhibit featuring art from Picasso, Dali, Duchamp, Warhol, and others.

Christo Rei: Much like Rio de Janeiro’s massive statue of Christ standing high above the town, Lisbon boasts the Christo Rei statue that stands over 100-metres high across the river from Lisbon’s main downtown area.

Jeronimos Monastery offers an incredible look at a variety of architectural styles including Gothic, late-Gothic Maueline, Renaissance, and Spanish. It is also recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was completed in the 1550’s.

Similarly, the Castelo de Sao Jorge is also another remarkable example of Portuguese architecture. The Moorish castle dominates the city, as if keeping watch, and dates back to Medieval times. The castle’s walls, gates, and other architectural elements tell of the castle and city’s history in a fascinating way.

Where to stay for your Portugal art escape

Just 45-minutes by car from Lisbon, you’ll find Troia Peninsula – a quiet beach escape for those wanting to get away from the city to appreciate Portugal’s coastal beaches while being close enough to Lisbon to enjoy its art attractions, dining, and nightlife.

Amongst a slew of high-end luxury resorts in Troia, you’ll find the Troia Design Hotel: one of the most contemporary architectural buildings in the area, designed to interpret the motions of its neighboring Sado River. This 5-star resort offers 61 luxury rooms and 144 residential suites for both short-term and long-term travellers.

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