Hidden away on the northwestern outskirts of the city, the Palácio Fronteira is one of those rare historic sites that still function as a private residence. The manor house, built originally as a... Read More
Hidden away on the northwestern outskirts of the city, the Palácio Fronteira is one of those rare historic sites that still function as a private residence. The manor house, built originally as a hunting lodge in 1640 for João de Mascarenhas, the first Marquês de Fronteira, remains the family home of the Marquês de Fronteira. Fortunately some of the rooms in this beautiful and serene private residence are open to the public, as are the wonderfully landscaped gardens. A guided tour of the premises also takes in the library. Highlights of a visit include the Sala das Batalhas (Battles Room). Here, lively tiled wall panels depict scenes from the War of Restoration. The formal grounds meanwhile feature the "King's Gallery," a terrace featuring decorative niches that contain busts of Portuguese kings. It's set above a large pond brimming with carp.
Largo de Sáo Domingos de Benfica 1
+351 (21) 778 2023
- Jun-Sep: Daily; tours; 10:30am,; 11am,; 11:30am,; noon
- Oct-May: Daily; tours; 11am,; noon
- Historic Sites: "Don't miss the lovely chapel terrace, decorated with azulejo panels illustrating Greek and Roman noble arts as well as 17th-century statues."
- Best for Historic Sites Because: The Palácio Fronteira is one of just a few private residences open to the public offering such a rewarding glimpse into 17th-century Portugal.