The Guardian was 100 % wrong when they back in 2017 claimed that you get the best sunset seats at Restaurant Ponto Final in their Reader’s Tips to Lisbon feature.
The restaurant is not even ‘the end’ as the name indicates – it’s 100 meter further west – and it’s called Quinta da Arealva.
Here you not only get the best sunset in Lisbon – you also find the most interesting street art in town.
Opposite most of Lisbon’s street art, the works you find in Quinta da Arealva’s beautiful ruins are more street than art – much more authentic compared to the curated walls you find all over town.
If you – like we do – bring your own bubbles and bites you not only find the best sun set and street art spot. You also have the best picnic location in town.
First time I read about the O’Neils “bells started ringing”. I have heard the name before. While writing the post I suddenly remembered.
In 1866 when Hans Christian Andersen visited Lisbon he stayed with his friends José and Jorge O’Neil who lived at Quinta do Pinheiro (today it’s part of the American Embassy)
Two O’Neils in Lisbon could impossible be a coincidence – they had to be related somehow.
After a couple of hours research I got the relations between them: José and Jorge were two of Jose Maria O’Neil’s three sons (the third was Carlos O’Neil).
Jose Maria was the General Consul of Denmark in Portugal and son of Sean (Joao) O’Neil who build Quinta da Arealva (and the Cristo Rei behind).
José and Jorge was send to school in Copenhagen where the stayed with Admiral P. F Wullf for 5 years. Here they met Hans Christian Andersen.
A few years later when Admiral Wullf’s daughter Henriette Wullf returned to Copenhagen after a visit to the O’Neils in Lisbon she brought an invitation to visit Lisbon.
During Hans Christians Andersen’s stay in Lisbon he visited the third brother Carlos in Setubal. So when you know how adventurous Andersen was it’s hard to imagine that Andersen didn’t also visit Quinta da Arealva. Especially when you visit this magical place that is so easy to reach from Cais do Sodres.