Portugal // Lisbon and around //

Alcântara and the docks

Loomed over by the enormous Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge, Lisbon’s docks at Alcântara have a decidedly industrial hue, with a tangle of railway lines, flyovers and cranes dominating the skyline. Nevertheless, the area is well known for its nightlife, mainly thanks to its dockside warehouse conversions that shelter cafés, restaurants and clubs. It’s also home to two good museums tracing Portugal’s trading links with the Orient.