Santa Apolónia is best known for its railway station. It is the oldest station in the city, inaugurated on May 1, 1865, and was built where the Santa Apolónia Convent once stood. From Santa Apolónia railway station trains leave to the north of the country and to two European cities, Madrid (Spain) and Hendaye (France).

 Cruise ships also arrive at Santa Apolónia dock, with loads of tourists from all over the world to spend a day in Lisbon and discover all that our capital has to offer.

 However, Santa Apolónia is a must-stop when visiting Lisbon, not only for its railway station, but also for everything you can find and visit nearby. Just behind the International Railway Station, you can find several museums such as the National Tile Museum and the Military Museum of Lisbon. The National Tile Museum is housed in the Madre de Deus Monastery and has temporary exhibitions and a permanent exhibition that tells the history of the azulejo (hand-painted tile) in Portugal, from the sixteenth century to the present day. After all, the azulejo is an artistic expression that characterises the Portuguese culture in the world!

 A few minutes' walk from Santa Apolónia station you can visit the National Pantheon, in the historic neighbourhood of Santa Clara. The building that stands out on the Lisbon skyline was originally to be the church of Santa Engrácia. Considered to be the first baroque monument in the country, the National Pantheon is intended to honour and perpetuate the memory of Portuguese nationals who distinguished themselves for services rendered to the country.

 Still near the Santa Apolónia station, take the opportunity to visit the Feira da Ladra (flea market). It is considered to be the oldest in Lisbon, dating back to the thirteenth century. It moved several times and settled in Campo de Santa Clara in 1882. At this market you will find all sorts of old stuff, second-hand items, crafts and antiques. Enjoy a trip to the past while having fun at this famous Feira da Ladra.

 Just over a 15-minute walk from Santa Apolónia railway station, you can visit São Jorge Castle. It is one of the oldest buildings in Lisbon, with over eight centuries of history full of fights and battles that marked the city. Here you can find one of the most beautiful views of the capital.

 If you want to spend a relaxed afternoon, visit the Botto Machado Garden (also known as Santa Clara Garden). Built in 1862, this garden offers, at its top, a wonderful view over the Tagus River. Apart from the amazing view you can enjoy, it is great for visiting with children because of its playground and a terrace bar.

 Do you enjoy eating and trying new flavours and food experiences? At Santa Apolónia, have lunch with a wonderful view over the Tagus River. Experience Cais da Pedra, with a terrace by the river, and taste everything chef Henrique Sá Pessoa comes up with. From appetisers and hamburgers to Portuguese cuisine, the problem will be choosing what to eat.

 Still at Santa Apolónia, visit Faz Figura restaurant, with a privileged view over the Tagus River and a menu full of typical Portuguese dishes.

 If you are a brunch lover be sure to visit Delidelux Santa Apolónia, also overlooking the Tagus, and try one of Lisbon's best-known brunches.

 Do you enjoy dancing? If so, spend a good night out in one of Lisbon's best-known nightclubs and have fun at Lux Frágil's famous “crazy” parties.

 Are you missing out on staying at Santa Apolónia, the neighbourhood with the best views over the Tagus? Book your stay here!


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