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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.
Located on the west coast of Portugal, the capital of Lisbon offers the perfect lifestyle for anyone looking to live in a city but to also experience the relaxation of spending a day at the beach. This historic city offers plenty to see and do, some of the top restaurants and bars in Europe and so much more! Lisbon is easily accessible by air (Lisbon Portela Airport), train and car from all major cities in and around Europe.
The Algarve is continental Portugal’s southernmost region, bathed by the Atlantic sea at its western and southern borders. It was from the Algarve, at Sagres Point, that Prince Henry “The Navigator” launched the Portuguese Age of Maritime Discoveries in the mid-1400’s. Best known for its amazing soft climate, with plenty of sun throughout the year, this region’s very pleasant weather allows you to discover its gorgeous coastline against which the ocean presents itself with all colours available in the blue specter. Almost always calm and warm, it invites for a long swim or to try some nautical sports. Most of the 4 million tourists that travel to the Algarve each year enter through Faro’s Airport.
Castelo Branco is the capital of the old province of Beira Baixa. Located just twenty kilometres from the Spanish border, most of the historical character of Castelo Branco has an attractive atmosphere to it, with generous parks, wide boulevards and bustling squares. Full of history and with a heritage of infinite value, this secular city has a great diversity of spaces and multiple activities, with a close and familiar environment, where the mountains and the city come together. Castelo Branco is a very good foundation from which to explore the border region of central Portugal.
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.
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.
Évora is the capital of Alentejo’s region. Filled with impressive historical and cultural landmarks, the city is one of the most popular places to visit in Alentejo. The Historic Centre of Évora was elected a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1986. The city’s roots go as far back as Roman times. Évora still retains ruins from that period, such as from the Temple of Diana. Three centuries later, during the Moorish period, a fortified gate was built to improve the city’s defensive system, as well as a Kasbah. The presence of the Moors can also be felt through the old labyrinthine quarters of the city, which are filled with typical Moorish arches. Évora is also home to a beautiful Cathedral built during medieval times, in the 13th century. In the 15th century, when Évora became the Portuguese king’s residence, a number of royal buildings started to pop up. St. Claire Convent, the royal church and the convent of São Francisco are some examples of those. The Manueline style of architecture characterises these remarkable buildings.Besides Évoras’s rich monumental heritage, the city is also known for its beautiful whitewashed houses decorated with tiles and wrought-iron balconies, its colourful handicraft stores and the family-run cafés and restaurants, which offer the tastiest gastronomy in the land.
The parish of Avenidas Novas presents a configuration of streets that intersect in a perpendicular way, creating square blocks. The main avenues, which gave it its name - New Avenues literally -, start at the stately Avenida da Liberdade and Rotunda do Marquês de Pombal with Parque Eduardo VII and Avenida Fontes Pereira de Melo, passing by Praça Duque de Saldanha and heading towards Jardim do Campo Grande, along the Avenida da República and its adjacent streets. As the capital expanded, Avenidas Novas became the axis of the city's northward expansion in the 19th century. From a residential area of art nouveau mansions built for the middle-classes, Avenidas Novas turned into one of the main business and commercial centres of Lisbon thanks to the existence of shopping centres galore, and also many established large companies in the different avenues around this area. Despite the absence of historic sites, this area of town nonetheless draws a large number of visitors since it is home to several hotels and one of the city's greatest museums - the must-see Calouste Gulbenkian Museum.
Rich in history, right in the centre of Portugal’s Capital City of Lisbon, one can find this park in the Arroios parish over a hill that’s between the valleys that correspond to Avenida da Liberdade and Avenida Almirante Reis. This park inherits its name of Campo dos Mártires da Pátria (Homeland Martyrs’ Field) in memoriam of Portuguese General Gomes Freire de Andrade and eleven of his companions, sentenced to be hanged in a staged trial, accused of revolting and fighting against the British Military General and Portuguese Army Marshal, Lord Beresford, regent ruler of Portugal instead of king D. João VI, who was living in Brazil at the time. Gomes Freire de Andrade was a powerful Portuguese Mason, accused by Lord Beresford of conspiring to diminish his power of rule in Portugal, in the Portuguese king’s absence. After executing Gomes Freire de Andrade and his companions, Lord Beresford then travelled to Brazil to ask king João VI for more powers, which were granted. However, General Gomes Freire de Andrade’s execution by Lord Beresford’s sentence ignited a revolt against the British ruler’s regency, led to protests in the North of Portugal and intensified an anti-British feeling, which ignited the Portuguese Liberal Revolution and to the fall of Lord Beresford, that was stopped from disembarking in Lisbon after returning from Brazil.
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.