Every journey can be a surprise. At Cais do Sodré, the running rabbit from Alice in Wonderland shows you the way. The Baixa/Chiado station was designed by the acclaimed architect Siza Vieira, with decoration by the painter Ângelo de Sousa. At the Parque station you can discover the fantastic stories of the Discoveries, with imaginary animals. But if you go to Jardim Zoológico station, the animals meet you at the station and at Laranjeiras (orange trees) you will want to eat this delicious fruit.
To begin with, follow a colour line - green, yellow, red or blue - and make connections. Any route will be a journey through the history of the azulejo in the twentieth century. At the end, choose your favourite station. The idea of decorating the Lisbon Metro came when it was built in the 1950s, as a way of alleviating the feeling of being underground.
It was decided to cover the stations with azulejos, a traditional decorative support that perfectly suited the purpose. The architect Keil do Amaral and the artist Maria Keil then defined a model for these public spaces that became an example to be followed.
A new generation of stations appeared in the 1990s. To give them more life, famous architects and artists chose themes related to that particular area of the city and to Portuguese culture, using the most recent forms of artistic expression.
Find out too that the Lisbon Metro has crossed borders and taken works of art to the Metros of Brussels (Jardin Botanique), Paris (Champs Élysées/Clémenceau), Budapeste (Deák Tér), Moscow (Belourusskaya) and Sydney (Martin Place).