Side Trips from Lisbon Sights

Quinta da Bacalhoa

  • Garden/Arboretum

Published 12/10/2015

Fodor's Review

The pride and joy of this late-16th-century L-shape mansion is its box-hedged garden and striking azulejo-lined paths. You can't tour the villa, which is a private residence, but the garden is open to the public and contains a pavilion with three pyramidal towers—the so-called Casa do Fresco, which houses the country's oldest azulejo panel. Dating from 1565, it depicts the story of Susannah and the Elders. Scattered elsewhere are Moorish-influenced panels, fragrant groves of fruit trees, and enough restful spots to while away an afternoon. For a one-hour guided tour, reservations must be made a week in advance.

Sight Information


4 km (2½ mi) east of Vila Nogueira de Azeitão on N1, Vila Nogueira de Azeitão, Setúbal, 2925-901, Portugal



Sight Details:

  • Weekdays €4, weekends €8
  • Mon.–Thurs. 9–6, Fri. 9–12:30 (minimum 2 people) and 2–6, Sat. 9–6 (minimum 6 people). Closed Sun. and holidays

Published 12/10/2015


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