Lisbon capital of our neighboring country is one of the most vibrant European cities. A mixture of cultures and people, we can still detect vestiges of its colonial past but at the same time we can also discover a novel cultural and artistic movement that is transforming the city day by day.
Lisbon is a city to explore by foot, walking or using the trolleys, is a cosmopolitan city that accept foreigners with a warm welcome.
Baixa, this is the neurological center of the city; its rationalist architecture is remarkable, so different from the eclecticism of the rest of the city. This is due to the efforts of Marques de Pombal, who after the famous earthquake that destroyed Lisbon, was determined to build a neighborhood comparable and as good as those of the best European cities.
Today, Baixa is a gathering place for the “lisboetas”, the main artery, rua Augusta, is a required place for the visitors as well as for the “lisboetas”, due to the number of shops and stores that are in that street.
Barrio Alto: Here is where the modern Lisbon meet, this is the place where the new tendencies a re created. Is a neighborhood that invites you to street walking, to discover shops, bookstores, ethnic restaurants and above all its bars, many bars, with live music every night.
Chiado: This is the stylish neighborhood of Lisbon, where go to look at people and be seen by people.. Here you can find rare shops, emblematic coffee shops and exclusive restaurants. There are two things that you should not miss, the convent of Carmo, almost destroyed in the 1775 earthquake which is a remarkable example of gothic architecture and, of course, the famous elevator of Santa Justa. One way to reach the neighborhood and perhaps the most common is using this unique elevator which was built by a student of Eiffel.
Baixa: This is the neurological center of the city; its rationalist architecture is remarkable, so different from the eclecticism of the rest of the city. This is due to the efforts of Marques de Pombal, who after the famous earthquake that destroyed Lisbon, was determined to build a neighborhood comparable and as good as those of the best European cities. Today, Baixa is a gathering place for the “lisboetas”, the main artery, rua Augusta, is a required place for the visitors as well as for the “lisboetas”, due to the number of shops and stores that are in that street.
Los Miradores: “Above seven hills, which are points of observation from which you can enjoy magnificent panoramic views, expand the vast, irregular and multicolor agglomeration of houses that form Lisbon…” writes Pessoa. Strangely seven hills same as in Rome, Mexico D.F. and Madrid; these hills are protecting the city and a great spot to admire this beautiful place. On these hills there are watching points perfectly conditioned. Among the most popular are Santa Justa, a magnificent watchtower with views to the Baixa, the castle hill and its surroundings; the San Pedro de Alcantara from which you can see the castle of San Jorge with an entirely panoramic view of the oldest urban side of the city, and the Santa Catalina with views of the river, the quarters of San Paulo and Lapa.
Santa Catalina has a delightful sidewalk with bars where you can rest and drink something before continuing your way.
El Castillo de San Jorge: This is one of the seven watching points of the city, the highest and possibly with the best spectacular views of Lisbon. Rated as National Monument, the castle is also refer to as the hill’s name, is one of the most popular monuments of the city. Currently its visit includes access to the architectonic remains, the gardens and watchtowers, a multimedia show and a dark chamber. It is a necessary visit.
Barrio de Belem: Ancient town outside the city is today a district totally incorporated in the city’s life. Its fame is due to the fact that it was the starting point of the expeditions of the famed sailor Vasco de Gama, for this reason the king Manuel I order the construction of the monastery of Jeronimos , of unquestionable beauty and a major model of manuelino’s gothic, and the watching tower. Both are UNESCO Cultural Heritage. The itinerary should not finish without a visit to the Museum of Carriages, unique in its kind. In the Fabrica de Pasteles de Belem, you can sample their delicious sweets complemented with an excellent coffee.
Market Feira Da Ladra: People say it owes its name, Feira da Ladra, to its original location as a place where stolen objects where sold and where the black market was concentrated. Today is the most popular market in Lisbon.
Located in the Campo de Santa Ana in the district of Alfama, it opens every Tuesday and Saturday from dawn to dusk. It has a wide variety of vendors that offers almost everything; form cell phones to antiques or books, second hand clothes, paintings, handcrafted items, music…
It is a market where you can still, and you must, bargain, and where many vendors without selling license, sell you things that they do not use anymore.