Baixa is Lisbon’s most famous neighbourhood. It may also be said that this is the heart of the city. It is also known as Baixa Pombalina, for having been built by the Marquis of Pombal, King Dom José’s Minister, in the wake of the 1755 earthquake.

Located between Avenida da Liberdade and the Tagus River, Baixa is one of the most beautiful and historic areas of the capital. Thousands of people stroll around its streets every day looking for the best landscape, photo, shop or the best place to taste a typical Portuguese dish.

Recalling memories of the past, downtown Lisbon takes you to discover great squares and monuments that marked the history of Portugal. To get to know Baixa well, some places are not be missed.

Best places to visit in downtown Lisbon

In Restauradores square, one of the capital's most emblematic squares, the Monument to the Restorers celebrates the restoration of independence after Spanish rule. Around you can find several monuments such as the Foz Palace or the iconic Gloria Funicular, which connects this square with one of the most breathtaking views of the city, the São Pedro de Alcântara viewpoint.

The Rossio, also known as Praça Dom Pedro IV, is home to the Dona Maria II National Theatre, built in 1842. In this square you will find one of the oldest cafés in the area, "Café Nicola", opened under this name in 1929. In the past, still as "Botequim do Nicola", it hosted many encounters between politicians, artists and writers, such as the poet Bocage, a faithful client who used to recite his poems and take part in literary gatherings. Get to know this historic café and taste the famous "Nicola Steak".

For those staying in downtown Lisbon, one of the great advantages offered by this neighbourhood is its long pedestrian streets that connect its squares to the banks of the Tagus River. Apart from this particularity, you may find a great range of shops, restaurants and entertainment in the streets of downtown Lisbon.

Rua Augusta, the most famous street in downtown Lisbon, known for its "Rua Augusta Arch", which depicts, at its top section, figures from the Age of Discovery, one of the most important periods in Portugal's history. The Rua Augusta Arch has now a viewpoint with a privileged view over square Praça do Comércio and the Tagus river.

Rua do Ouro, or Rua Áurea, was the city’s main gold trade hub in the 15th and 16th centuries and is now considered to be the bankers' street. Furthermore, this iconic street in downtown Lisbon is home to the famous Santa Justa Lift, which connects Rua do Ouro to the top of Rua do Carmo and is much sought after by those visiting the capital.

 Taste Portuguese flavours!

If you do not know where to eat in downtown Lisbon and you are looking forward to tasting Portuguese flavours, have a snack at restaurant "Delfina Cantina Portuguesa", known for its typical Portuguese dishes, cooked with fresh and local ingredients.

Three minutes away you will find Praça do Comércio, also known as Terreiro do Paço, one of the most important squares in Lisbon, for having been a trading centre for several decades. Here you can enjoy a walk along the river accompanied by a magnificent sunset.

Get to know one of the most special neighbourhoods in Lisbon and book your stay now.

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