One of the main reasons to visit a place on vacation is finding a city that offers the greatest possible number of leisure and cultural entertainment options.
This helps on account of the cost benefit, transforming the trip into a type of investment that reflects in quality of life.
Lisbon has a very large touristic variety to be explored. A small part of this city is called Bairro Alto, which contains pictures remnants of the 16th century Portuguese bourgeoisie.
But let’s start at the beginning. Imagine that you are in the Rossio neighbourhood, more precisely at Praça D. João IV, central Lisbon. At the end of this square, opposite the National Theatre D. Maria II, you will see on your right the entrance to Rua do Carmo. Here, you can find all kinds of stores selling many products ranging from clothes to Portuguese souvenirs.
However, it is possible to avoid the climb by using the services of the well-known Tuk Tuk (typical carts of the region that take us to the sights in Lisbon) or even to rent an electric car.
Narrow streets, filled with bars, restaurants and all kinds of places to entertain. Yes, it is a tourist spot, but that does not take anything away from the charm of these tight streets, dressed from top to bottom with Portuguese stones.
Beautiful streets of preserved buildings from the post-earthquake, perfect for photos, boasting one of the most beautiful views of an old neighbourhood. I refer to the view from the S. Pedro de Alcântara viewpoint, which is close to the ruins of the Convento do Carmo, founded in 1389 by D. Nuno Álvares Pereira who was an important Portuguese military commander, crucial in the consolidation of Portugal’s independence from Spain.
The Convento do Carmo was sadly destroyed by another earthquake in 1755.
Right in front of this viewpoint we can visit the Pharmacy Museum and walk on the famous Elevador da Bica. I recommend looking for something different to enjoy during the walk, like the fried Coxinhas, in some nearby café or sampling Acarajé and Abará, both Brazilian delicacies, from Bahia, but which can be found in the land of Fado.
Close to Praça Luís de Camões, there are several hotel options for all types of pockets.
To save your energy ahead of a day of exploring, you can also reach this neighbourhood by public transport such as the metro at Baixa do Chiado station, bus and the charming yellow cable cars, both belonging to the company Carris.
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