FAQs on Art & places in Portugal
- I am thinking of heading to Portugal to take in the Art scene. Do you think 5 days is enough to cover everything?
As with any country having a huge history that dates back thousands of years, if you really want to experience the art movements and take in the art scene, five days is not enough. There are many cities which are rich in art and architecture, and with so much to see and do, you’ll need a lifetime to truly appreciate everything. But it’s understandable that not everyone has that kind of time – so if you’re there for five days, you could visit Lisbon and make it a trip which concentrates on the city art. Many artists and galleries are located in the capital city and five days would be touching the tip of the iceberg, but you’ll leave the country knowing more about Portuguese art and definitely will leave you appreciative of the talents present here.
- I would love to see all the Art Galleries in Lisbon, but I’m on a low budget – would it be expensive?
There are many discounts available for a few museums and art galleries, and many allow free entry. With such a thriving art scene, it’s a win-win situation for everyone to allow the public to be given the opportunity to appreciate the art of Portugal. So don’t worry if you’re on a low budget, there are many things to do that you could spend your money on. Also, Galleries are not the only places to see art. Street Art is a huge genre that has been growing rapidly. Apart from the museums, you could take a walk in the neighborhoods to get a glimpse into the city life and also to take in the art that welcomes you at every corner.
- I have heard that Lisbon is rich in architecture. Is it worth visiting the capital city?
I would highly recommend visiting the capital. In fact, your trip would be incomplete without a visit there. There is so much to do and so much to see. There are roman theaters, gothic churches, Baroque squares, and Moorish edifices – there’s a reflection of the many cultures and religions that have occupied the throne of Portugal. What was once a global empire ensured that the country would be exposed t many cultures – and this reflects on the architecture and historical structures that can be dated back thousands of years.
- Someone told me that Portugal was the longest lasting colonial power. I didn’t think so because you only hear of Rome and the British Empire.
That’s a common misconception. Portugal captured Ceuta in 1415 AD and had handed over Macau to Chinese control in 1999. That’s nearly six hundred years of being a colonial power. It also held dominion over various areas that were located in South America, Africa and Asia and has left its mark on their culture. These regions are Brazil, Goa, Angola, and Mozambique to name a few.