Belém is located on the northern banks of the Tagus estuary, west of Lisbon. Impressive places you can visit there include: the Belém Palace, home to the Portuguese President; the Museu Colecção Berardo; Mosteiro dos Jerónimos; and the Jardim Botânico Tropical.
Sintra sits in the hills north-east of Lisbon, only a 30 minute train ride away from the city. The trees and castles of Sintra are a refreshing contrast to the traffic and building work in Lisbon. The National Palace of Pena is one of the most bizarre places we have ever visited – a combination of grandeur, artistry and history, with brightly coloured walls that make you feel like the building is an escapee from Disneyland. The Castle of the Moors is far more traditional.
Lisbon feels and looks like a city being rebuilt. Buildings, roads, monuments and more are being reconstructed, repaired or replaced. I had to work hard to find images that did not contain cranes, diggers or scaffolding…. These shots include: the Elavador de Santa Justa; the Praco do Comercio (with a crane in the background); Santa Engracia church; and even a beautiful piece of Lalique jewellery from the Museu Calouste Gulbenkian.