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Baixa (Downtown)

Sandwiched between Lisbon's hills the Baixa or "Down Town" stretches from the Praça do Comércio by the riverfront to the Avenida da Liberdade, Lisbon's main boulevard. In 1755 the area was totally destroyed by a devastating earthquake. The authoritarian Marquês de Pombal had a blank canvass and the opportunity to redesign the whole area. Built to a pre-established grid system. The reconstruction was one of the worlds first large scale town-planning schemes. It was completed within a decade. The streets were categorised according to certain trades the street was assigned to, such as; Rua dos Sapateiros (cobblers), Rua da Prata (silver) and Rua do Ouro (gold).

The neoclassical style of the area has acquired the name "Pombaline" and is best approached through the triumphal arch on Praça do Comércio leading to the Rua Augusta. Nowadays the area has many traffic-free streets and allows a leisurely pace past many traditional shops, businesses and impressive squares. Lisbons old trams (eléctricos) trundle past cafés, patisseries, flower sellers and street vendors.

Top Attractions

Praça do Comércio

A huge square in the Baixa which has played a pivotal role in Portugal's history.

Elevador de Santa Justa

This elevator has lifted people to the Largo do Carmo since the early 20th Century.

Rossio Square

A hub of activity in the Baixa and a great place to watch the world go by.

São Domingos Church

Built in 1241 and was once the largest church in Lisbon.

Edward VII Park

Dedicated to the King of England who vistted in 1902.

MUDE - Design & Fashion Museum

One of the best collections of its kind.

Praça da Figueira

Once a market square but now it"s a major hub for trams and buses.

Lisboa Story Centre

A hour long interactive exhibit about the history of Lisbon.

TOP TOURS

Wine Tasting at the Sala Ogival

Wine Tasting at the Sala Ogival

Sala Ogival

Wines of Portugal Tasting Room in Lisbon, more commonly known as Sala Ogival, is located on the western side of Praça do Comércio. In tasting rooms, from Tuesday to Saturday, you can have wine tastings from different Portuguese wine regions. They're open for single visitors or groups.

In addition to the regular daily wine tasting, Wines of Portugal Tasting Rooms also offer a programme of wine-related events such as the launch of new wines and producers, demonstrations, workshops, themed events, amongst others. Admission is free but for tastings, you need to purchase an Enocard for the price of €2.00, which will give access to tasting two to four wines from a selection of 12 wines from different regions of the country. The Enocard may be recharged whenever you want to taste more wines or whenever you return to the Tasting Room.

711, 794, 714, 732, 735, 736, 728, 759, 760, 781, 782, 794 | 15E, 25E
Tuesday - Saturday: 11h00 - 19h00, Sunday & Monday: CLOSED
Praça do Comércio, 1100 - 148 Lisboa, Portugal. | 38º 42' 28.7" N | 09º 08' 8.6" W
+351 213 420 690 | sala.ogival@viniportugal.pt |  Website

Praça do Município

West of the Praça do Comércio along the Rua do Arsenal, lies the Praça do Municipio, seat of Lisbon's Municipal power. As with the Praça do Comércio, it was rebuilt after the great earthquake it was rebuilt and designed by Eugene Carvalho dos Santos. The surrounding Neo-Classical buildings contain regional administration offices such as the Appeals Court and Navy Arsenal stand. The most imposing building here is the City Hall, constructed between 1865 and 1880 and designed by architect Domingues Parente da Silva. Its triangular tympanum is emblazoned with the city's coat of arms. The Portuguese Republic was established here in 1910.

A free guided tour is available on Sunday mornings, the interior contains many works of art, including a painting of the Marquês de Pombal during the reconstruction period of Lisbon. The city's Pelourinho or pillory is found here, a grim relic of public corporate punishment. Erected in the 18th century consisting of three twisted fluted columns topped by a brass globe.
711, 794, 714, 732, 735, 736, 728, 759, 760, 781, 782, 794 | 15E, 25E, 28E
Praça do Município, Lisboa, Portugal. | 38° 42' 28.97" N | 09° 08' 21.1" W
Praça do Município

Praça do Município

NARC - Núcleo Arqueológico da Rua dos Correeiros

NARC - Núcleo Arqueológico da Rua dos Correeiros

NARC - Núcleo Arqueológico da Rua dos Correeiros

For those interested in the history of Lisbon, there's a web of tunnels that runs under the Baixa. They occupy almost an entire block containing a Roman spa dating from the 1st century AD. Entrance is free, via a branch of a Millennium BCP found in the Rua dos Correeiros which runs parallel to the Rua Augusta. Free guided tours take place every day (except Sundays and public holidays) and has already welcomed more than 110,000 people through the doors.

711, 794, 714, 732, 735, 736 | 12E, 25E
Monday - Saturday: 10h00 - 12h00/15h00 - 17h00, Sunday: CLOSED | FREE
Rua dos Correeiros 21 (NARC entry) 9 (reception desk), 1100-061 Lisbon, Portugal.
38º 42' 35.9" N | 09º 08' 13.5" W
+351 211 131 004 |  Website

Yellow Bus Tour

Rua das Portas de Santo Antão

Running parallel to the Praça Restauradores starting from behind the national theatre is the pedestrianised Rua das Portas de Santo Antão which has a concentration of restaurants. If you're prepared to run the gauntlet of waiters trying to entice you into their particular establishment, you're guaranteed to find the eatery of your liking.

One of the most striking and famous restaurants is the Casa do Alentejo housed within a curious 17th-century arabesque building. Access is through a small door that transports you off the street straight into another time and space. A former Moorish palace, the interior is spectacular, the azulejo lined dining rooms have open fireplaces and the food is typically Alentejana.

Casa do Alentejo
Daily: 10h00 - 15:00/19:00 - 23:00
Rua das Portas de Santo Antão 58 1150-264 Lisbon, Portugal.
38° 42' 57.3" N | 09° 08' 24.2" W | +351 213 469 231
casadoalentejo@mail.telepac.pt | Website
Rua das Portas de Santo Antão

Rua das Portas de Santo Antão

Avenida da Liberdade

Avenida da Liberdade

Avenida da Liberdade

Often likened to the Champs-Elysees in Paris the Avenida da Liberdade is a 90 metre wide boulevard which runs a mile from the Praça dos Restauradores north to the Praça do Marquês de Pombal. Its origins lie over an 18th-century park called Passeio Público. Its greenery is preserved in the central esplanade. Here you'll find an epitaph in honour of the 50,000 Portuguese who fell in World War I, designed in 1931 by Rebelo de Andrade and Maximiano Alves. The few remaining mansions lining the boulevard have been well preserved and house some of Lisbon's most prestigious hotels and luxury shops.

At the South end of Avenida da Liberdade, you'll find the Praça dos Restauradores which commemorates the restoration of the Portuguese monarchy after 60 years of Spanish rule in 1640. The obelisk in the centre is attributed to this act. It displays the names and dates of the battles fought during the Portuguese Restoration War. Here too you'll find the Palácio Foz, a neo-classical palace designed by Francisco Xavier Fabri and built following the 1755 earthquake. Originally built for the Marquês de Castelo Melhor, it now houses one of Lisbon's tourist offices and an art gallery.

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Internacional Design Hotel

Internacional Design Hotel ★ ★ ★ ★

This Boutique Hotel is located just a few minutes off Rossio Square in Lisbon's Historical City Centre. Flexible and varied in nature, offering a lot more than just one style, the new Internacional Design Hotel is truly International. With a trendy, sophisticated and modern setting, in this Luxury Boutique Hotel, the design element is present in the meticulous creation of every ambience, which involves all the senses to free the mind and awaken the dream. Everything has been worked in detail, the aromas, the touch, images and sounds, all the flavours you can taste, emblematic and inspiring, unique.

3 Rua Da Betesga, (Ao Rossio), 1100-090, Lisbon, Portugal.
38° 42' 46.9" N | 09° 08' 18.4" W | +351 213 240 990

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Hotel Santa Justa

Hotel Santa Justa ★ ★ ★ ★

Design Boutique 4-star Hotel located in the commercial and financial centre of Lisbon; the Baixa. Also located in the surroundings of one of the most famous monuments in the city, the "Elevador de Santa Justa". Its excellent location between Praçca do Rossio, Chiado and Praça do Comércio, allows Santa Justa Hotel to offer its guests the best shopping and cultural attractions.

Besides the surrounding tranquillity, courtesy, elegance, comfort are the charms and grandeur of the Santa Justa Hotel. Enjoy the light, enjoy the history, enjoy Lisbon, enjoy Santa Justa Hotel. The Santa Justa Hotel consists of two Pombalines buildings XVIII and XIX century.

204 Rúa dos Correeiros,1100-170 Lisbon, Portugal.
38° 42' 49.8" N | 09° 08' 20.3" W | +351 210 499 000

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Hotel Avenida Palace

Hotel Avenida Palace ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

This 19th-century building overlooks Restauradores Square and offers views of St. George's Castle in central Lisbon. It features classic rooms and free valet parking. Avenida Palace enjoys a popular location at the end of Avenida da Liberdade. The metro station and Eduardo VII Park are a short walk away. Rooms at Avenida have antique-style furnishings and marble bathrooms. They are fully air-conditioned and have satellite TV. Wi-Fi access is available. A large buffet breakfast is served daily in Avenida's grand Palace Lounge. There is also a library with books in many languages. Daily newspapers are available upon request. Avenida Palace's 5th-floor gym offers modern fitness facilities. Guests can also choose from a variety of massage services.

1 Rua De Dezembro, 123, Santa Maria Maior, 1200-359 Lisbon, Portugal.
38° 42' 50.0" N | 09° 08' 25.1" W | +351 213 218 100

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Terra Nova by Populi

Although located in close proximity to many cafés/restaurants geared for tourists Populi stands out as a restaurant of a high standard. Good friendly service and welcoming atmosphere good for lunch or evening meals. The tapas menu is a good introduction to Portuguese food.

Daily: 09h30 – 02h00
85/86 Ala Nascente Terreiro do Paço, 1100-148 Lisboa, Portugal.
38º 42' 26.7" N | 09º 08' 14.3" W | +351 218 877 395
geral@terranovabypopuli.pt | Website | Facebook


Leitaria Camponeza

This century-old café was once a diary and is located just off Rossio Square on the Rua dos Sapateiros. One gets the sense of a very Portuguese'ish atmosphere aided by the azuleijos tiles on the walls. The food is unpretentious, wholesome, well prepared, tasty, good value and very popular! Look out for their seafood skewers - they are to die for.

Monday - Saturday: 07h45 – 19h00, Sunday: CLOSED
155 Rua dos Sapateiros, 1100-557 Lisboa, Portugal.
38° 42' 37.1"N | 09° 08' 17.0"W | +351 213 425 112

Only 6.5km (4 miles) South of Lisbon Portela Airport Website

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Much of the Baixa district is pedestrianised but it can be reached from the North on the Avenida da Liberdade, East and West on the N6 (Avenida 24 Julho).
Latitude - 38º 42' 49.8" | Longitude - 09º 08' 20.3"

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Urban train services (Comboios Urbanos) the Baixa's train station Rossio,
• Linha de Azambuja Timetable

Intercity train services (Comboios Intercidades)
The closest intercity train staion is Oriente station which also serves intercity trains from both the North and South, including the Alfa Pendular Timetable

Trains of Portugal Website
The Blue line (Linha Azul) runs northwest-southeast to Avenida (de Librdade), Restauradores, Baixa-Chiado and Terreiro do Paço (Praça do Comércio): Website
The Green line (Linha Verde) runs North-South to Baixa-Chiado: Website
Carris bus routes to The Alfama from various areas around the city: Website
• 709: Restauradores - Campo Ourique (Prazeres): Timetable
• 737: Praça da Figueira - Castelo (castle) via the cathedral: Timetable
• 15E: Praça Figueira - Algés (Jardim) via Belém: Timetable
• 28E: Praça Martim Moniz - Campo Ourique (Prazeres): Timetable