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MUSEU NA­CIONAL DE ARTE ANTIGA Lis­bon has more than 50 mu­se­ums, but one of the best is the Na­cional Mu­seum, eas­ily reached by hop­ping off one of the trams that run be­tween Belem and the cen­tre. Housed in a 17th-cen­tury palace over­look­ing the modern con­tainer har­bour, its paint­ings, sculp­tures, gold and jew­ellery span the 12th to 19th cen­turies and in­clude Por­tuguese, Euro­pean, African and Ori­en­tal works. High­lights are the Pan­els of Saint Vin­cent, by Nuno Gon­calves, and the Belem Mon­strance, made with the gold brought by ex­plorer Vasco da Gama from In­dia. There is also a beau­ti­ful gar­den with a restau­rant. Open Tues-Sun 10am6pm; 6 or free with Lis­bon card. museudeart­eantiga.pt

5MERCADO DA RIBEIRA VELHA Time to eat – and while Lis­bon has thou­sands of great restau­rants, you will be spoilt for choice at your fi­nal stop. Built in 1882, this mar­ket re­opened as a foodie des­ti­na­tion in 2014 with 24 restau­rants, eight bars, shops and a mu­sic venue in the even­ing. The op­tions go way beyond Por­tuguese cui­sine, but make sure to try some lo­cal spe­cial­i­ties – pasteis de ba­cal­hau (salt cod fish­cakes), Por­tuguese wines, serra de es­trela (sheep’s milk) cheese and de­li­cious desserts such as Fios de Ovos (an­gel hair).

There are also stores for buy­ing gifts, in­clud­ing Ar­ca­dia for ar­ti­sanal choco­lates and Con­serveira de Lis­boa for colour­ful tins of sar­dines. Open 10am-12am (2am Thurs-Sat). time­out­mar­ket.com vis­itlis­boa.com

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