Thinking about Lisbon, it means thinking about a city full of history and culture. The sound of the trams up and down the cobbled city streets, fado echoeing through the most typical city quarters, and the modernity of some buildings in harmony with historical monuments trace the profile of a city extending to the Tagus River, which in the fifteenth century has been the homeland of the most famous navigators who discovered the World. Lisbon blends old and new in a perfect way.
Lisbon or better known by its citizens La cidade das sete colinas, because the legend says it has been built over seven hills ( like Rome) is divided into several city quarters, let’s discover them!
During our first day, because we had a very early flight in the morning, we just had a tour around our hotel discovering the Baixa.
The Baixa district is the heart of the city and was completely rebuilt after the devastating 1755 earthquake. We started from here our visit. As soon as we went out our hotel, we faced with this beautiful main square, The Praça Dom Pedro IV also known as Rossio. The Teatro Nacional dominates the square and host some of the most spectacular performances of Lisbon. To the south of the square is the pedestrian Rua Augusta surrounded by several shops. At the end of the street, the stunning Arco de Rua Augusta marks the entrance to The Praça do Comércio. My favorite spot of the city! From here you can see the ocean and see the red 25 Abril bridge: it’s seems the San Francisco’s one.
You can’t miss a tour up the Elevador de Santa Justa built in iron and decorated with filigree at the end of the 800 by the French architect Raoul Mesnier du Ponsard, it’s one of the most interesting sightseeing of the city.
Drinking a small glass of the cherry liquor called Ginja from the Ginjinha bar helped us to recollect the last strength. The small bar is the traditional home of the sweet drink served into chocolate cups and if you don’t eat it, but you bring it back to the bar tender, you can have a free round!