Situated in the heart of Portugal, Baixa is set in the historic quarters of Lisbon. Constructed in 1755 after the Lisbon earthquake, 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.
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.
With a statue of King José in the centre and beautiful traditional buildings surrounding the square, it will come as no surprise why this is one of the top cultural attractions to visit in Baixa. If you want to see the Praça do Comércio in all it’s glory, there is a newly opened viewing platform from the Arco da Rua Augusta arch which is open from 9am - 7pm every day with an entrance fee of €2.50.
Bursting at the seams with historical significance, Baixa offers many hidden treasures you must explore not only as a tourist but as a local. The Núcleo Arqueológico is an Archaeological museum that was uncovered in 1991 when carrying out renovation work under a building structure in Baixa. Because of the unique structure that was discovered, it was decided to make this into a museum to showcase what Lisbon was like over 2,500 years ago.
Situated in an ideal spot overlooking the historic Rossio Square, Café Nicola is arguably one of the best Cafés in Lisbon. This Café opened in the 18th century and has offered great inspiration over the years for local writers and artists. Here you will find a variety of Portuguese food along with some of the best tasting coffee blends in the city.
Monday to Friday: 8am - 10pm
Saturday: 9am - 10pm
Sunday: 10am - 7pm
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.
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.
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