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.
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
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
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
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
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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
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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