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Palacio de Belem

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Address: Praca Afonso de Albuquerque | 1349-022, Lisbon 1300-004, Portugal
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Sat 10:30 - 16:30
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You can only visit the palace, which is still the working area for the Portuguese president on Saturdays! The museum is opened on other days as well. Get there early (around 9... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 December 2016
Tom P
Antwerp, Belgium
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

You pay 2.5€ even if you have the Lisboa card, only to see the exposition about president's. This is nothing exceptional : a collection of presents received during official visits and an interactive (boring) show on tablet about each of the presidents. Absolutely not interesting. You have probably to go there only if all the monument is fully open for... More 

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Antwerp, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

You can only visit the palace, which is still the working area for the Portuguese president on Saturdays! The museum is opened on other days as well. Get there early (around 9) and check when you can get an amazing guided tour in English or Portuguese. It’s super interesting! See where the president meets people, dines with guests, gives press... More 

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Bologna, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

The 3 state rooms inside the presidential palace are only open to the public on Saturdays and you have to book a guided tour (the one in English this August was at 14.30 in the afternoons). This means that only small groups of people actually visit the palace, which is very nice. The guide was good, and also explained a... More 

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Pinhal Novo, Portugal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2016

This is the official residence of the President of the portuguese republic, although he doesn't live there. The gardens are very beautifull but the inside is the best (unffortunately it is not possible to take pictures inside). There is also a very good museum dedicated to the history of the republic in Portugal that is worth while.

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Sintra, Portugal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2015

Former summer residence of the Portuguese Kings from 1870 to 1910 until the fall of the monarchy. Served as the summer residence of the Portuguese Republic President for several periods,and was later abandoned for a long period. Re-opened again in 2011 after a great reconstruction work, being managed by the Museu da Presidencia. It is today a musem, open for... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2013

We were really expecting a magnificent palace. After all, the president of Portugal lives there. However, we were met by a very neglected pinkish façade, which fails to impress even when watched from a distance. There were no tours available when we visited, and the museum within the palace was not open to the public in that day. No need... More 

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Belém is the "capital of the Portuguese Discoveries" and a photographer's paradise. You can spend an entire day exploring this neighborhood: monuments (Jerónimos Monastery, Belém Tower, Monument to the Discoveries), museums (Coach Museum, Centro Cultural de Belém) and breathtaking views of the Tagus river will make your visit worth your time. Belém also offers a variety of restaurants and cafes, namely the famous - and delicious - "Pastéis de Belém" (typical Portuguese custard tarts; make sure you buy an extra box of those!). Easily accessible from Lisbon's historic center, Belém is a must-do, especially if you're spending more than one day visiting the Portuguese capital.
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