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Baixa is the most central and renowned neighborhood in Lisbon. It was completely rebuilt by the Marquês de Pombal after the 1st November 1755, one of the world’s strongest recorded earthquakes devastated the district and, along with the massive tsunami, killed thousands. Baixa is packed with stores and restaurants and is always busy during the day.
This neighborhood houses the capital’s most emblematic squares and streets. The district starts in Restauradores Square (Praça dos Restauradores), continues up Avenida da Liberdade, through Praça Marquês de Pombal (Marquis of Pombal Square) and from this point forward is considered “Modern Lisbon”. Here you will discover some of Lisbon’s major attractions such as Terreiro do Paço square (or Terreiro do Paço), Rossio along with a variety of popular bars and restaurants.
Chiado is Lisbon's most elegant and trendiest neighborhood is where everyone meets for coffee, shopping, or before dinner and a night out in neighbouring Bairro Alto. Situated between the neighborhoods of Bairro Alto and Baixa Pombalina, Chiado is a traditional shopping area that features a mix of old and modern commercial establishments. Many of the buildings in this elegant and trendy location were first built in the 1700s, although many were restored in the 1990s, after their destruction by a devastating fire in 1988. It's a neighborhood that flashes back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the "Belle Epoque "when writers such as Fernando Pessoa and Eça de Queiroz used to write at the now-historic cafes.It's also the neighborhood of theaters, of charming old bookshops and major international brands, giving it a lively cosmopolitan ambiance at any time of the day. Despite being just a small part of Lisbon, Chiado truly is a place that’s easy for those who visit to fall in love with. And that’s why people return time and time again to this awe-inspiring hidden gem, with many people looking for a place to call home at the end of it.Top things to do in Chiado.
The region of Tavira is eastern Algarve’s jewel! The city boasts a rich past, interesting tourist attractions, and beautiful sandy beaches. Tavira is a perfect holiday destination and just as pleasant as the surrounding lively cities. Tavira has a beautiful historic background as it was once an important Moorish trading town and later became a major port, in the 14th century. Along the historic sights, there are plenty of riverside walks, lively streets full of restaurants and cafes and splendid plazas.
Overlooking the Mondego river, Coimbra is the fourth-largest urban centre in Portugal, after Lisbon, Porto and Braga. Also known as the university city of Portugal, Coimbra is home to the first university in the country and one of the oldest in Europe. Founded in 1290, the Coimbra’s University Alta and Sofia, are two architectural centres composed of 31 magnificent buildings. Thanks to its important legacy, the University was classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2013. Coimbra is filled with impressive constructions from different periods of history. The Roman occupation left an aqueduct, from which the remains were later incorporated into a medieval renovation. The Muslim settlement brought a fortified palace, that was later used by the early Portuguese Monarchs. During the Middle Ages, a lot of emblematic buildings were built. Examples of those are the Santa Cruz Monastery - the Patheon where the first kings of Portugal are buried - the old Cathedral and the Monastery of Santa Clara-a-Velha - the most important Gothic work in the city. In the Renaissance period, Coimbra was considered one of the main artistic centres of Portugal, with several Manueline and Renaissance works in the town. Coimbra has also been an important musical centre in Portugal for centuries, acclaimed by its own musical genre called “Fado de Coimbra”. It is mostly related to academic traditions and is characterized by the use of a specific guitar, with a specific structure - “Portuguese guitar”.
Covilhã is one of the main urban centres of the historical Beira Interior region. Lying right next to Serra da Estrela, this "city mountain" offers magnificent scenery of natural beauty and it is a paradise for those fond of hiking, camping, mountain climbing and skiing. The city is known for its textile industry, which dates back centuries ago - wool production began among the Jewish community that settled there in the Middle Ages. The river streams, Carpinteira and Goldra, provide excellent conditions for the wool industry activities. Covilhã is the main wool production centre in the country, which made the region earn the mane of "Portuguese Manchester". Along with its historical heritage, the city presents one of the broadest and most diversified urban art collections in the world, as well as first-class hotels, restaurants and sports facilities.
Beja is located in the southern region of continental Portugal and is believed to have been founded around 400 b.c. by an ancient cell of celts that occupied most territories south of the Tagus river, such as the Alentejo and Setúbal regions. After being a part of the Roman Empire for 600 years and a part of the Arabic Caliphate for 400 years until 1162, the year in which the Christians took the city from Muslim occupation, Beja is now the county’s capital. The city remained small for the next centuries, although heavily destroyed by the Napoleonic invasions. From the 20th century onwards, some economic development was put in place with the building of new schools, judicial and commercial installations, including the new Beja International Airport in 2011.
Guarda is the capital city of the County to which it borrows its name. The entire region is marked by granite, by the contrasting mountain climate and by its pure, cold air that allows for the curing and manufacture of high-quality smoked meats and cheeses. After the Roman Empire period, followed periods of occupation by the Visigoths, later by the kingdom of Asturias and also by the Islamic civilizations. Only after the Portuguese reconquest process was it confirmed the importance of the city and the region. The event that clearly marked the birth of the Portuguese Language happened here in Guarda, when a Galician troubadour wrote a song in Portuguese for his beloved lady, in 1189. It is well connected to major Portuguese cities such as Porto and Aveiro by the A25 highway and to Lisbon by the A23 highway. The good geographical position and accessibilities make Guarda an excellent place for the storage and transport of goods from Portugal to the rest of Europe (and vice versa). In this sense, private entities together with the City Council created the Platform Business Initiative Logistics (PLIE), which is a cross-border platform that seeks to boost the regional economy and attract industrial flows and investments.
Saldanha is located at the heart of Lisbon and combines the Central Business District with the surrounding shopping centres with a strong residential and cultural component. It is a popular area among those who seek to live in the centre of the city. Saldanha is one of Lisbon's newer neighbourhoods, having been founded in the mid-19th century by Duke João Carlos, only having been recognized after his death in 1922. Inspired by the cities of Paris and London, this neighbourhood’s heart lies in the Duke of Saldanha’s statue, as well as in the wide avenues and beautifully landscaped streets. The neighbourhood undertook a series of heavy constructions in the ’90s as private investors wished to give it a more modern and posh feel. They gave life to Atrium Saldanha, one of the biggest known buildings in the area today. What’s more, most of the buildings here were build post-WWI, adding a charming feel to the atmosphere and a Parisian feel to those who walk around Saldanha streets. Saldanha spoils investors with many luxury apartments and properties that have been refurbished and restored while keeping their traditional features. These make the area enticing for ex-pats wishing to move into Lisbon’s city centre.
Intendente is a lively, fashionable neighbourhood that has been evolving significantly in the past years. Despite its central location, the neighbourhood has languished for years, with many of its old buildings falling into ruins. However, the area has seen huge improvements, and property prices, as well as the ethnic neighbourhoods, have been the reasons why many people are looking to buy property in Intendente. Located within the Arroios parish which was crowned as the trendiest neighbourhood in the world by Timeout, Intendente gets its name from Praça do Intendente, a funny-shaped square just a street away from Avenida Almirante Reis. This area is seen as a faithful portrait of Nova Lisboa, where cultures and trends blend in.Intendente is ideal for students and young professionals, thanks to the abundance of co-working spaces, cafés, and brunch locations. The region is laid-back while also having a vibrant nightlife, which many consider being the best of both worlds. There are also a number of interesting projects coming into life here, which will enable companies galore to further develop their small businesses.
This is one of the most beautiful squares in all Europe, opening southwards onto the huge Tagus estuary. Until the era of mass aviation, this was Lisbon´s great reception hall for visitors arriving by sea even better able to enjoy its beauty from their vantage points on slowly docking vessels.
It was at the dock here that the Kings and Heads of State would disembark when visiting Portugal.
Also known as Terreiro do Paço, Praça do Comércio square (Commercial Square in English) is one of Lisbon's more well-known attractions located next to the Tagus river. This marvel is a hot spot for tourists and locals alike. With its prime transports links to the rest of Lisbon and across the river, this is truly one of the finest attractions in Lisbon as it represents the power and influence Portugal once commanded.
Prior to the 1755 earthquake, it was called the Terreiro do Paço (Royal Yard). The Royal Palace had been sited on the western side of the square since the 16th century when king Manuel transferred the court down from the Castle of São Jorge (St. George).
The Santa Justa Lift is an elevator in Lisbon and is the fastest way to get from the Baixa neighborhood to the Bairro Alto district. It was inaugurated as one of the city’s public transport systems on 10 July 1902 and was called Elevador do Carmo (Carmo Lift). Lisbon’s inhabitants were so excited to try this novelty that on the first day, 3,000 tickets were sold. The Carmo Lift was originally powered by steam until the 6 November 1907, when an electric motor was put in place.
The Elevador de Santa Justa stands 45m tall and the structure is built in the same style as the renowned French architect, Eiffel. The similarity between his designs and this Elevator is not accidental, as it was built by Raoul Mesnier de Ponsard, who was an admirer of Gustave Eiffel and applied the same techniques used in some of the funiculars in France of the time.
The Lift has a stunning observation deck at the top and offers magnificent views over Baixa. Since it was opened to the public, it has become one of the most popular viewpoints in Lisbon.
Situated in an ideal spot overlooking the historic Rossio Square, Café Nicola is arguably one of the best Cafés in Lisbon.
The origin of Nicola coffees dates back to 1779, to one of Lisbon's most emblematic establishments: Café Nicola. Famous for being Bocage’s home away from home (and the poet is also still there in the sculptural form), Nicola was also a meeting place for other writers, artists, and politicians, so much so that it gained the nickname the “Academy”.
When war was raging all across Europe, Lisbon was the first place of shelter for recent refugees from further east. In the 1930s and 40s foreigners flooded Rossio and its street cafés, and Nicola became the backdrop to espionage goings-on and the stories they gave rise to, even though secrecy was an intrinsic part of the work of spies.
Linking the Praça do Comércio and Rossio, the Rua Augusta is one of the main commercial centers of the Lisboa‘s Baixa.
Closed to the traffic and with a pleasant pedestrian walk, containing a diversified variety of shops suitable for all tastes, this street continues to conjugate tradition and art, frequently occupied by independent street artists, artisans and street sellers: this is where one can find everything, not forgetting the traditional flower pedlars, hot chestnuts sellers and street cafés with pleasant esplanades…
Rua Augusta is one of the main arteries of the city’s reconstruction after the big earthquake of 1755, with the majority of its buildings still intact and well preserved.The terrace at the top of the arch can be accessed through an elevator, offering 360º views over downtown.On Rua Augusta is also a small section of Roman baths beneath the Millenium BCP Bank. You may visit the bad and uncovered mosaics during renovation work on the bank for free, on a scheduled guided tour.
This important archaeological nucleus of the city of Lisbon is located near the Rua Augusta Triumphal Arch, right in the historical center of the city, and occupies almost an entire block of Lisbon's Pombaline downtown. This unique archaeological site has revealed impressive structures and vestiges of civilizations that have inhabited the capital for millennia.
The Rua dos Correeiros Archaeological Nucleus, as it is known, is the responsibility of Millennium BCP, and allows the visitor to travel for about 2,500 years. History of Lisbon. This impressive archaeological estate reveals the occupation of the capital since the Roman presence - between the 1st century BC. and the 4th century AD - with it's fish canning and dressing industries, to the Paleo-Christian necropolis of the 5th century.
There are also many signs of Islamic occupation and subsequent medieval, 16th century and pre-Pombaline periods, as well as the Enlightenment architectural and urbanistic designs defended by the Marquis of Pombal.
Looking more like a theater or a lavishly adorned palace with horseshoe arched doorways, this monumental Neo-Manueline building located between Rossio and Restauradores squares was built at a time when train stations were seen as temples of technology.
The Franco-Swiss author Blaise Cendrars called railway stations "the most beautiful churches in the world," and this station could be an example. It is one of the strangest architectural complexes housing a rail terminal in Europe, and today it is the local station for trains to Sintra.
Until now, the Rossio Train Station has lost mush of its infrastructural importance, but it remains a tourist curiosity and a notable sight in Lisbon. The building strikes by its facade designed as a mix of Romantic and Neo-Manueline elements, which is enough to say in order to realize the decorative complexity of the facade. On top of the lush decorations, there is also a clock placed in an elegant turret and two horseshoe-shaped portals that peg out the entrance.
The ruins of this gothic church are evocative reminders of the devastation left by the 1755 earthquake.
At the time of the earthquake, it was the largest church in Lisbon, but today the roofless nave open to the sky is all that remains of the arches and rubble that caved in on the congregation as they were attending mass.
In what used to be the main altar is now a small archaeological museum with an eclectic collection of tombs (the largest one is of King Ferdinand I), statuary, ceramics, and mosaics. Among the more ancient finds is a remnant from a Visigothic pillar and a Roman tomb carved with reliefs depicting the Muses. Other noteworthy pieces include shrunken heads, South American mummies, a jasper sculpture of the Virgin Mary, ancient tombstones, Visigothic artifacts, and coins dating back to the 13th century.
At the entrance of the museum is a stone engraved with gothic lettering, informing visitors that Pope Clement VII granted 40 days of indulgence to "any faithful Christian" that visits this church.
In the center of downtown Lisbon (on Rua da Conceição), visitors can walk beneath the street and visit ancient Roman tunnels. In 1771, while rebuilding the city after the great earthquake in 1755, they found what seemed to be a foundation-like structure that could be traced back to the Roman Empire era, estimated to be from the first half of the 1st Century AD.
The monument’s various stories, spanning many centuries, caught the interest of visitors and visiting the Rua da Prata Roman Galleries is a unique experience, as the opportunity rarely arises. Due to the logistics surrounding the opening up of the Galleries, along with the monument’s preservation, it can only be visited once or twice a year, during one or two weekends.
Every twenty minutes, a group of 25 people walks through the Galleries with a guide who tells its story and shares some fun facts about the monument, thus creating a happy and unforgettable memory. If you’re in Lisbon, you certainly won’t want to miss out on the opportunity to visit the Roman Galleries, right?
The Bertrand Chiado was recognized in 2011 by the Guinness Book as the oldest bookstore in the world still in operation. Having opened its doors in 1732, this store located at Rua Garrett in Chiado has several rooms and a few spots so the visitors can sit and read. By having a long operating time, the bookstore witnessed several important moments of the recent history of Portugal and has had the privilege to receive important visitors. In resume, the place is mandatory for anyone who passes by Chiado!
During these years, the Bertrand Chiado hosted important literary and political discussions. As we said, many famous writers and thinkers attended the bookstore, not only to read but also to socialize and participate in tertulias.Pedro Faure opened the first Bertrand shop at Rua Direito do Loreto. After the famous earthquake of 1755 in Lisbon, they had to relocate to near the Nossa Senhora das Necessidades Chapel, returning to the “Baixa de Lisboa” 18 years later, when it was rebuilt.
If you're looking to invest in Portuguese property, you've come to the right place. The property market in Portugal continues to go from strength to strength, with now being a great time to purchase home here. European buyers flock here every year, but the Golden Visa scheme allows people from further afield to get their hands on Portugal real estate. This gives overseas buyers the right to live, work and study anywhere within the European Union.
Because Baixa is the most central neighbourhood in Lisbon, you can guarantee that there are many forms of transports links throughout this centralised location such as buses, trams and taxis. Another architectural masterpiece offering a convenient form of transportation is the Santa Justa Lift which is the fastest way to get from Baixa to the Bairro Alto district while offering amazing views of Baixa.
Like many neighbourhoods in Lisbon, Baixa offers plenty of shopping experiences from your local grocery store to designer and high street shops. Rua Agusta is Baixa’s main shopping street that leads to Comercio Square which offers a vareity of cafés, international shops and clothing shops.
There are frequent flights to and from Lisbon airport, the closest airport to Baixa. There are frequent transportation links from Lisbon airport to Baixa via taxis, buses and even a tram that passes through Rossio square which only takes approximately between 20 to 25 minutes commute.
Portugal, in general, is a warm climatised country and the neighbourhood of Baixa is no exception. Average temperatures range from 24°C in summer months with only the average coldest temperature only going down to 11°C in the winter months.
Restaurants & Bars
Baixa offers some of the most charming bars and restaurants in Lisbon, with its beautiful old buildings and extraordinary ambience. If you are looking to experience the local cuisine, Da Prata 52 offers some of the most delicious traditional dishes with a modern twist. After a long day walking around the hills of Lisbon, what better way to finish off the day than to relax and have a drink in Ginginha do Carmo bar. This small bar is located close to the Baixa metro station.
Although Baixa doesn’t offer a Portuguese beach experience, there are plenty within a short travelling distance from this old town. You can travel to Carcavelos beach which is less than a 30-minute commute from Baixa via public transport. Other beaches near Baixa include Estoril beach, Praia de Paço de Arcos and Praia da Torre - You will be spoilt for choice.