Known for its magnificent architecture, vibrant food scene, world-class culture, and proximity to Lisbon’s business and tourist districts, there are few areas better suited for exploring the city than Campo Pequeno. Whether you’re just in town for the weekend or looking to establish a permanent base in Lisbon, here’s our guide to getting the most out of this exciting region.
History: Campo Pequeno
The most famous site in the district, the Campo Pequeno arena was designed by António José Dias da Silva in the early 1890s. Inspired by the great amphitheater in Madrid, it is considered one of the finest European examples of Neo-Arab architecture and design was carefully preserved when it reopened as a multipurpose venue in 2009. Today, the Campo Pequeno arena houses a shopping center, restaurants and a large concert hall and theater, which means you will never run out of entertainment options.
The houses: Lumino
We are convinced that after spending a few days in Campo Pequeno, you will desperately want to come back on a more permanent basis. Fortunately, the new luxury Lumino development is here to help. Spanning 39,000 square meters in a prime location just minutes from Lisbon’s university and business district, the first 97 apartments will be ready to move into in early 2023 – with many of them offering views of the arena. herself. A collaborative development between Round Hill Capital and TPG Real Estate, Lumino will also offer residents access to a range of high-end amenities, including a 15-meter rooftop swimming pool and lush courtyard, from which to enjoy the quiet Portuguese sun.
Entertainment: Cinema City
Located in the Campo Pequeno arena, this modern cinema is the place to go to see the latest blockbuster releases, as well as special film events. Boasting eight screens showing the latest Hollywood movies, indie films and plenty of options for the kids, Cinema City is also home to the Oscar-themed City Bar, which offers a range of fine wines, cocktails and snacks perfect for take-out. your cinematic experience to the next level.
First opened in 1993 and offering venues in Lisbon and Porto, Culturgest is Portugal’s premier destination for contemporary art, theater, music and cinema. Its permanent collection includes important works from Portugal, Brazil, Mozambique, Angola and Cape Verde, dating largely from the 1960s, while a list of exhibitions, performances, lectures and screenings regularly updated means that there is always something new to discover. Upcoming events include a performance of Alexander Zeldin Love by the UK National Theater, an exhibition of works by Malawian artist Samson Kambalu and the 14th Italian Film Festival.
Art: Calouste Gulbenkian Museum
Built to provide public access to the collection of Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian, the Armenian entrepreneur, art collector and philanthropist who lived in Lisbon from 1942 until his death in 1955, the Museu Calouste Gulbenkian opened in 1969 and has showcased one of the world’s largest private art collections since then. The permanent galleries cover 5,000 years of fine art, with pieces dating from the Egyptian and Greco-Roman eras alongside works by Rubens, Rembrandt, Rodin and Lalique. Elsewhere, the Museu Calouste Gulbenkian also hosts regularly updated special exhibitions, with current and past themes, including Boticelli’s interpretations of Dante’s work. Hell and Divine comedy (borrowed from the Vatican Library), the golden age of French furniture and how modern molding techniques transform the work of sculptors.
The restaurant: Nómada Avenidas Novas
Campo Pequeno is full of so many interesting and exceptional restaurants that it’s hard to point out just one but, if you only have time to visit one, make it Nómada Avenidas Novas. Overseen by Chef Francisco Bessone, this modern fusion restaurant combines Asian flavors with traditional European cooking techniques and fine Portuguese ingredients to create truly impressive plates. Sushi, ceviche, and sashimi dominate the menu, with specialties such as Nómada’s signature tuna, salmon and shrimp rolls, crab tempura, and chocolate and wasabi dessert.