Alcântara: A neighborhood of contrasts

Overlooking the Tagus River, Alcântara, an old industrial area of ​​Lisbon, is today a neighborhood of contrasts. Located between Belém and Santos, this residential neighborhood with a lot of commerce nearby is in the center of a cultural and tourist area, but at the same time just a few minutes from the calm that the view of the river conveys and the greenery of Monsanto provides.

Although there are still remnants of the industrial life that prevailed there until the mid-20th century, this part of the city, once occupied by factories, has undergone a profound transformation. Part of the neighborhood has been modernized with the construction of residential condominiums, new concepts of bars and restaurants and the inauguration of the Lx Factory, an old textile factory, now converted into a creative and irreverent leisure center, praised for its “age diversity”. and cultural” of those who pass by.

With a privileged riverside area, Alcântara is very popular among those who like to practice outdoor sports and “outdoor” in restaurants or bars. In this area on the banks of the Tagus, there is also the Gare Marítima de Alcântara, a port building that inside keeps the magnificent fresco panels by Almada Negreiros and two docks (Doca de Alcântara and Doca de Santo Amaro) where small and medium-sized boats usually remain. playground.

In addition to its proximity to other parts of the city, Alcântara is also well served by transport, with several bus lines, two train stations (Alcântara-Terra and Alcântara-Mar) and several tram stops.