Tired of “package” attractions and want to see something special? Not your first time in Lisbon? If you answered “yes” to one of the two questions, then we congratulate you and share a valuable selection of secret places, which we have compiled together with a local resident and organizers of author’s travels in Portugal Yaseya Dobreva.

Open library

The library is located right in the phone booth in Praça de Londres, near the Alameda metro. Anyone can borrow a book for a while completely free of charge by registering themselves in a special journal. You can also leave your own books for the library.

Address: Praça de Londres

Urban art on the walls of the hospital

Gallery of Urban Art (Galeria de Arte Urbana) on one of the fence walls of the hospital and the city psychiatric center Hospital Júlio de Matos. In 2012, the hospital invited renowned street artists to paint one of the walls for International Mental Health Day, which is celebrated on October 10th. It is one of the largest urban art walls in Lisbon, almost 1 km long.

Address: Rua Murtas, Lisboa

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Fronteira Palace and Valuable Azulejos

The Fronteira Palace (Palácio dos Marqueses de Fronteira) was built in 1670 and belongs to the Fronteira family to this day, but is still open to the public. In addition to a beautiful park with sculptures, several luxuriously decorated rooms with unique panels of traditional azulejo tiles of the 17th-18th centuries are available for viewing in the palace. Are some of the most valuable azulejo exhibits in Lisbon.

Address: Largo São Domingos de Benfica 1

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Secret palace

Casa do Alentejo is located in the heart of Lisbon, and it is a real gem that few people know about. Renovated in 1918, this ancient 17th century palace impresses with its stunning Arabian-style interiors and décor. It now houses an iconic regional Alentejan restaurant and tavern. There are several luxurious rooms, a library, and all this is available for visiting absolutely free.

We highly recommend stopping by for at least a cup of coffee and admiring the interiors. Address: Rua das Portas de Santo Antão 58

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Casa Comunitária da Mouraria

Tucked away in the alleyways of Moraria, this place is both a bar, a dining room and a concert venue. Ten years ago, the history of the community of residents of the ancient, but decayed Moraria district began here. Local residents gathered here, meetings, general dinners and holidays were held, the editorial office of the regional newspaper Rosa Maria worked, which is still being published. At Casa Comunitaria you can eat fast, tasty and inexpensive. And in the evenings, on a small stage in the courtyard, live concerts of a variety of music are held – from classic fado to street rap.

Address: Beco do Rosendo 8, Mouraria

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