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Sintra: Pena Palace and Park Entrance Ticket

1. Sintra: Pena Palace and Park Entrance Ticket

The palace is situated in the eastern part of the Park of Pena, which one has to pass through to reach the steep ramp built by the Baron of Eschwege that provides access to the castle-like building. The palace itself is composed of two wings: the former Manueline monastery of the Order of St. Jerome and the wing built in the 19th century by King Ferdinand II. These wings are ringed by a third architectural structure that is a fantastical version of an imaginary castle, whose walls one can walk around and which comprises battlements, watchtowers, an entrance tunnel and even a drawbridge. In 1838, King Ferdinand II acquired the former Hieronymite monastery of Our Lady of Pena, which was built by King Manuel I in 1511 on the top of the hill above Sintra and had been left unoccupied since 1834 when the religious orders were suppressed in Portugal. The monastery consisted of the cloister and its outbuildings, the chapel, the sacristy and the bell tower, which today form the northern section of the Palace of Pena, or the Old Palace as it is known. King Ferdinand began by making repairs to the former monastery, which, according to the historical sources of that time, was in very bad condition. He refurbished the whole of the upper floor, replacing the fourteen cells used by the monks with larger-sized rooms and covering them with the vaulted ceilings that can still be seen today. In roughly 1843, the king decided to enlarge the palace by building a new wing (the New Palace) with even larger rooms (the Great Hall is a good example of this), ending in a circular tower next to the new kitchens. The building work was directed by the Baron of Eschwege. The 1994 repair works restored the original colors of the Palace’s exterior: pink for the former monastery and ochre for the New Palace. In transforming a former monastery into a castle-like residence, King Ferdinand showed that he was heavily influenced by German romanticism, and that he probably found his inspiration in the Stolzenfels and Rheinstein castles on the banks of the Rhine, as well as Babelsberg Palace in Potsdam. These building works at the Palace of Pena ended in the mid-1860s, although further work was also undertaken at later dates for the decoration of the interiors. King Ferdinand also ordered the Park of Pena to be planted in the Palace’s surrounding areas in the style of the romantic gardens of that time, with winding paths, pavilions and stone benches placed at different points along its routes, as well as trees and other plants originating from the four corners of the earth. In this way, the king took advantage of the mild and damp climate of the Sintra hills to create an entirely new and exotic park with over five hundred different species of trees. The Palace of Pena was designated a National Monument in 1910 and forms part of the Cultural Landscape of Sintra, which has been classified by UNESCO as World Heritage since 1995.

Lisbon: Frida Kahlo, The Life of an Icon Exhibition

2. Lisbon: Frida Kahlo, The Life of an Icon Exhibition

Learn about one of the most influential artists of all time with this clever multimedia production. Historical photographs and original movies will guide you through different sounds and environments, reproducing moments in the life of Frida Kahlo, and showing the story behind the icon. This experience is divided into two distinct stages. In the first, walk by several artistic installations, experience virtual reality, and create your own customized Frida model. In the second, immerse yourself in a 360º audiovisual show displaying some of the most unique moments from the artist’s personal life. You'll walk away fascinated by the life of Frida Kahlo, whose rebellious spirit and talent still inspire women of all ages due to her strength and unique personality.

Lisbon: 2-Hour Luz Stadium and Guided Museum Tour

3. Lisbon: 2-Hour Luz Stadium and Guided Museum Tour

Discover the history of sports in Lisboa at the Benfica Stadium and Museum. Learn about the players, traditions, and secrets of the club from your expert guide and fellow Benfica aficionado. Stroll around the pitch, visit the changing rooms, and the press room, and have your photo taken with the Sport Lisboa and Benfica eagle. Learn about the relationship between Sport Lisboa and Benfica with clubs in other cities and countries, and celebrate the differences that every culture brings to the sporting world. Feel celebrated as a participant in the club because none of it would be possible without the supporters.

Lisbon: Street Art Tour

4. Lisbon: Street Art Tour

Join this guided walking trip to explore the colorful streets of Lisbon and discover an open-air gallery of today's most innovative urban street artists. See graffiti and sophisticated murals, and get a feel for the locals. Encounter whimsical murals of lizards and horses on the side of an entire building, along with political and social statements such as Obey's "Revolution Mural" as a contrast to the wealth of the surrounding area. See small masterpieces concealed in the hidden alleys of the old town and large-scale installations in wide-open areas. Look at works in progress and admire art that has been there for decades.

Lisbon: Immersivus Gallery Lisboa Experience Ticket

5. Lisbon: Immersivus Gallery Lisboa Experience Ticket

Enter a space dedicated to immersive experiences in Lisbon. Walk through and pause to watch the art projections which make use of fantastic technology. See how art, culture, and technology can come together in an innovative way. The Mãe D'Água das Amoreiras Reservoir will be transformed into a monumental canvas where the content will be projected 360º. Watch from the standing audience around the space or from the platform underwater. From both places, you will be immersed in the show and become part of its history. Immersivus Gallery Lisboa was born in the Mãe D'Água das Amoreiras Reservoir. It aims to be an artistic reference point and diversify the cultural offer of the capital. Currently on display is the Impressive Monet, Brilliant Klimt, and Misterioso Egito. Other shows will include work from national and international artists. Impressive Monet, is a reinterpretation of the paintings from the founding father of Impressionism, showing the journey beyond the frame through the artist's endless search for capturing light. Brilliant Klimt, show traces the biographical path and the artistic legacy of the Austrian artist through his iconic painting - The Kiss. This will be the main thread of the journey while exploring the influences of Klimt's world. The Christmas magic has arrived at the immersive Gallery with “O Fabuloso Circo de Natal”. An immersive audiovisual experience with several moments full of surprises and fun. Misterioso Egito, "The Mysterious Egypt", showcases artefacts and artwork from ancient Egyptian culture interpreted as a stunning showcase of light, design, and lasers.

Lisbon: 3D Fun Art Museum Admission Ticket

6. Lisbon: 3D Fun Art Museum Admission Ticket

Experience a modern museum concept with colorful and interactive exhibits. Dive into the world of the 3D Fun Art Museum in Lisbon and connect with unique art in a relaxed way. Become immersed in each creative scenario and take amazing photos. Gaze at the dazzling infinity mirror room. Encounter 40 different visual scenarios, including 2D images and optical illusions, and enter a world of fantasy and imagination. Feel like a kid as you interact with each set, becoming a character inside their story. Step into different scenarios to be Van Gogh’s doctor, take a safari, have a dinosaur as a pet, have your head being served on a table, and even drink a glass of wine served by God in Michelangelo's "Creation of Adam".

Lisbon: The World of Banksy Immersive Art Experience Ticket

7. Lisbon: The World of Banksy Immersive Art Experience Ticket

Marvel at works by the elusive Banksy at an exhibition that brings the artist's creations to life. Encounter murals, unique pieces from private collectors, works of graffiti, canvases, projections of his artworks, video installations, and more in this specially curated collection. Stroll around an exhibition covering works from across Banksy’s career. Come face-to-face with well-known pieces like “Girl with Balloon” and “Sweep It Under The Carpet”. Be surprised by pieces you may not have seen before, and be impressed with the sight of over 100 artworks, all presented in their original size. Explore a selection of his works from the United States, Paris, and the United Kingdom. End your journey at the exhibition with a reproduction of the famous Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem.

Lisbon: Calouste Gulbenkian Museum Entry Ticket

8. Lisbon: Calouste Gulbenkian Museum Entry Ticket

Explore the museum's galleries on two independent circuits, organized geographically and in chronological order. Discover the first loop which encompasses the Eastern and Classical Art on display in the Egyptian, Greco-Roman, Mesopotamian, Eastern Islamic, Armenian, and Far Eastern galleries. Take the second circuit to delve into European Art from the beginning of the 11th century to the mid-20th century, with sections devoted to the Art of the Book, Sculpture, Painting, Decorative Arts, and the work of René Lalique, Calouste Gulbenkian close friend. Begin the European Art circuit with works in ivory and illuminated manuscripts, followed by a selection of 15th, 16th and 17th-century sculptures and paintings. Explore the French 18th-century decorative arts collection with its outstanding gold and silver objects and furniture, as well as paintings and sculptures. Continue your journey through art history with a group of paintings by the Venetian painter Francesco Guardi, 18th and 19th-century English paintings. End your route through the museum by viewing the superb collection of jewels and glass by René Lalique, displayed in its own room.

Lisbon Half-Day Sightseeing Bus Tour

9. Lisbon Half-Day Sightseeing Bus Tour

Learn about the rich history of Lisbon on a guided half-day tour by bus. You will visit Belém Tower, the Monument to the Discoveries, Jerónimos Monastery, the Ajuda Palace, and cultural squares in the city. You'll receive an enlightening survey of gorgeous Lisbon. Making your way to the Belém quarter, you'll discover this jewel in Lisbon's crown. Located where the Tagus River meets the Atlantic, Belém is the launching point for Portugal's 15th- and 16th-century maritime explorations. Situated amongst modern exhibits and busy cafes are historical sites and monuments that defined an empire. Visit Belém Tower, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and icon of the Age of Discovery, as well as the Monument to the Discoveries. Next, you'll be awed by the masterful Manueline architecture of Jerónimos Monastery, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the extravagant Ajuda National Palace, one of the earliest neoclassical buildings in Lisbon, fronted by 23 marble statues (replaced by Coach Museum when closed) Continue along the river to the traditional district of Alfama. Passing by downtown Baixa, you can admire the most important squares of Lisbon: Trade, Rossio, and Restauradores. Then drive along the Avenida da Liberdade, the 'boulevard' of Lisbon, to finish at Pombal Square.

Lisbon: National Tile Museum Entry Ticket

10. Lisbon: National Tile Museum Entry Ticket

Enjoy the Lisbon Tile Museum featuring decorative ceramic tiles or azulejos from the second half of the 15th century to the present day. The museum beside tiles, includes ceramics, porcelain, and faience from the 17th to the 21th century. The permanent exhibition starts with a display of the materials and techniques used for manufacturing tiles. After this brief introduction, the exhibition route follows a chronological order. The National Tile Museum was established in 1965 and became a National Museum in 1980. It is located in the former Convent of Madre Deus, founded by Queen D. Leonor in 1509. The Museum went through different building campaigns that involved transformations such as in its 16th-century mannerist cloister; the church which is decorated with remarkable sets of paintings and tiles; the sacristy featuring a Brazilian wood display cabinet and carved wood frames with paintings; the high choir with rich carved giltwood embellishments; the Chapel of Saint Anthony with an 18th-century Baroque decoration and a significant number of canvases by the painter André Gonçalves.

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The experience itself was great but buy the vouchers with plenty of time. We bought it for 5pm and the voucher wasn’t sent to me. I had to contact them, I was waiting by the gates, and they’ve said they have to approve the voucher manually and by then it was sold out for 5pm, so they can only let me in at 5.30pm, although I’ve paid and booked for 5pm. Never had a problem with this app but now I’ll be buying the vouchers/experiences with plenty of time ahead. This palace and gardens are always very busy and crowded so make sure you buy and get your vouchers the day before.

This was such a magical experience, from the flower mural of Frida’s portrait at the entrance, to vibrant colors all over the exhibit, mixed with current technology side effects!

Definitely worth getting a ticket in advance. DO NOT drive up to the castle! Park in the centre of town somewhere and take public transportation up

One of the best exhibitions I´ve ever saw! Amazing and totally worth to visit.

Joao is fantastic almost an art professor! Would recommend to everyone!!