Lisbon, one day around town
Brief historical references
In 1755 an earthquake destroyed 85% of the city. Marquês de Pombal decided to destroy what was left and rebuild from scratch the area that we now know as ‘baixa pombalina’. The Modern Architectural Plan has applied: a rectangular plan, with large streets, and two main squares: Praça do Rossio and Praça do Comércio.
Where to go, what to see and what to do?
Lisbon is a city of many wonders. Depending on your personal preferences and tastes, there are plenty of things to do. How much time do you have to spend in the city?
If you have more than two days, then you can organize your visit and discover a multitude of museums, viewpoints, restaurants and nearby places that will make you fall in love with the city and its neighboring villages.
Lisbon’s downtown is a must see. Walking through the narrow streets and wide avenues is totally worth the while. It’s one of the most interesting features of the city. The contrast between the different areas, although they are not that far apart from each other.
We could give you a vast array of suggestions. We decided to choose a couple of places in Lisbon we love and share them with you.
Baixa Pombalina and Rossio
A 19th-century project designed by a disciple of Gustave Eiffel: Raul Mesnier de Ponsard. The Elevator is not only a mean of transportation but also, a work of art. It takes you up or down one of the steep hills of the city, from Baixa to Carmo.
In 1907 the steam engine that powered the elevator was replaced by an electrical one, that still works nowadays. At the top of the structure, there’s a platform from where you can enjoy one of the most charming views of Lisbon.
As you will be walking around, you will need to stop for a drink or a meal. This is the moment where we let you in on a secret: there is a hidden gem in downtown Lisbon! ‘Casa do Alentejo’.
If you’re hungry, this is one of the places where you can try some of the Portuguese dishes or just sit at the Tavern and ask for some ‘petiscos’ (the Portuguese word for ‘tapas’).
The Castle, Alfama, and Mouraria
Fado was born in the heart of these two neighborhoods and was sang in taverns, by prostitutes. It evolved into a sophisticated art and conquered the hearts of all social classes. Having a meal at one of these small taverns/restaurants is a unique experience.
Get to know more about fado on our previous post
The architectural styles are late baroque and neoclassical. It is a majestic building. Inside and outside.