The Districts of Lisbon: Part I

Lisbon

Lisbon has the attraction of those big cities that they preserved the charm of its past, without forgetting the importance of the progress. The city, whose strategic location attracted over 3000 years ago to the Phoenicians, and it was then invaded by Greeks, Romans, Visigoths and Moors. Was always open to the sea, and since departed countless adventurers looking for fortunes in a faraway lands. The wealth accumulated in these golden ages were used to rebuild the city, which was destroyed by earthquakes and fires, is today one of the main tourist destinations in Europe.

Lisbon has several districts, but the most important to visit are: Alfama, La Baixa, Bairro Alto, Belèm, Estrela and São Bento. A walking tour in each of them is enough to see the essence of those districts:

  • Alfama: is the oldest district and one of the tourist sites of Lisbon, although there are no residences of that time, the area retains the overall look of the medina, with its crowded houses and winding streets, stairs going up (or down) everywhere and clothes hanging to the sun directly on the street. In this district are numerous and imposing buildings were declared national monuments.

  • La Baixa: is the financial and commercial center of the city, it was rebuilt after the earthquake of 1755 by the Marquis of Pombal, with classic styling and geometric streets in this district there are many tiled facades so typical of Lisbon, Here you can find many emblematic squares and the most important Lisbon´s avenue, Avenida da Liberdade.

  • Bairro Alto: not oldest as Alfama, but it is the most traditional Lisbon´s district, with labyrinthine streets and lively atmosphere. Recommend a walking tour of this quarter to meet its shops and nightlife. Its name is because it is situated north of Baixa and Chiado.

  • Belem: far from the city center but very well connected, where the Tagus meets the sea, is the district of Belem. Place from where departed the Portuguese explorers to conquer much of the world. In honor of this event Manuel I ordered the construction of the current Jeronimos Monastery and Belem watchtower. Today both monuments have been declared world heritage by UNESCO.

  • Estrela: famous by the Basilica da Estrela, open 8-13h and 15-20h. No cover charge. It is one of the best neoclassical building.

  • São Bento: the district of São Bento especially famous by the Palácio de São Bento, the Portuguese Parliament. This building was built over a Benedictine convent and reconverted in 1834.

  • Parque das Naçoes: which hosted the Expo 98, today is a entertainment area for the people of Lisbon. Its most popular attraction is the Oceanarium but there are many other attractions, theme gardens, shows and events. It can ride a cable car or walk for 5 kilometers banks of the Tagus. There is also a modern shopping center, the Vasco de Gama, with many shops and restaurants.

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