Go Discover Portugal Travel Logo Go Discover Portugal Travel English site Va descobrir Portugsl

Full-service travel booking Portugal, corporate & group travel Booking & Infoline ☎ +351 918354714 ✉ info & contact

Cisco Systems – corporate travel
I’m writing to give you the overall feedback! It was amazing! Our group were 20-30 different nationalities present and everyone loved it !!!
Thank you very much to Go Discover Portugal for the service and sympathy Read more reviews >>

Lisbon city, the city of 7 hills covered in light

.Lisbon Portugal an introduction

Lisbon city, the capital of Portugal

Charming, historical and currently one the most popular tourist destinations in Europe.
Lisbon is a busy, lively and energetic city. During the summer months it is at it’s busiest visited by tourists from around the world.

In the winter it is still a popular destination for city breaks and corporate travel groups.

It is a fascinating city with a rich history. It’s cultural remains that go back to the Romans. Throughout the city monuments mark the cities place in history throughout the ages. Many romantic stories that accompany them.

Located on 7 hills overlooking the Tagus river

The city is build on the shores of the Tagus at its last stretch before reaching the sea.
The city is located close to the many famous beaches, easily reached by train from the center.

Lisbon has many interesting districts each with it’s own particular atmosphere. It is a city that caters to many different preferences and tastes.

Praca do Commercio, Lisbon

The center of Lisbon explained

This article describes the center around its 2 first inhabited hills.
The Bairro Alto, Alfama and the valleys between.
The diversity in this relatively small area is very large and provide the perfect location for a first discovery of Lisbon.

You might be interested in the following

Lisbon beaches Unique venue locations in Lisbon

 

 Alfama, the oldest district

Alfama summer
Alfama like all Portuguese words and names that start with “al” derives from the Arabic and could have come from the word Al-hamma (fountain or spring) or from the word “Alfamm” meaning mouth.

It is set on the highest of Lisbon’s hills. Moorish architecture and street plans dominate this area. Once the home of the fisherman, its rustic character still dominate.

Many will visit the area in the traditional trams that rollercoaster their way up the mountain to Alfama. It’s certainly a energetic and fast way to view Alfama but walking its tiny streets and alleys can be just as awarding.

 

Mountainous medieval city streets and quaint squares

Alfama


A walk up the mountain through the many routes there are from the lower center can start at the Fado museum. As you climb up the narrow streets past many small fado restaurants. The streets are covered in shade making them easier to walk on hot days. You’ll meet many friendly locals and if you’re lucky you’ll hear some singing fado just to pass the time.

Read  also

Quinta das Carrafouchas, Lisbon wine events

Modern Alfama

Alfama has historically been the poorest area of Lisbon center. Once occupied by the fisherman who founded Lisbon. Currently it is a trendy area for young artists, bars with a view and fado.

Lisbon tucs

 

Baixa, down by the river

Marti Moniz, Baixa, Lisbon
Down town or the Baixa is the central, lower area of Lisbon it starts at the streets north of the Praça do Comércio, roughly between the Cais do Sodré and the Alfama district beneath the Lisbon Castle, and extends northwards towards the Rossio and Figueira squares and the Avenida da Liberdade. It’s a very mixed area from the Cais to Sodre which is home to much city activity that reminds of Amsterdam’s red light district all though slightly more innocent and subdued.

Cais do Sodre train station gives access to the Portuguese ‘Riviera’ and its beaches. Just 15 minutes from Lisbon, the first beach guarantees a lively location for summer fun.

Cascais beach by night

Avenida de Liberdade

Baixa reaches it’s way to the Avenida de Liberdade.
The Avenida da Liberdade is the longest of Lisbon’s avenues. It is also the most luxurious. This wide avenue is home to designer shops and 5 star hotels and a favorite shopping destination of the jet set.

The architecture of the Baixa

 

What has defined the architecture of the Baixa is the earthquake of 1755 which destroyed all of it. The Marques of Pombal was brought in to redesign the city plan. He decided to redesign the old center to a modernized plan.


According to his analysis concluded that the original city plan would not survive the next earthquake. The winding streets and piled buildings that still typify the centre of Porto made way to a simpler plan.
He used the opportunity to create a Lisbon centre that would better Lisbon’s and Portugal economic growth. It would become a practical commercial center for the bourgeois.

View over the Baixa, Lisbon

Pombal’s new street plan

The new plan would provide better circulation for the city as it made use of a rectilinear street grid system. It all starts at the Praça do Commercio. This central square that touches the Tagus. From there it split into square grids and parallel street plans.

Baixa / Chiado

Chiado, the noble center


From the Baixo lets move to the Chiado!
Chiado is located between the neighborhoods of Bairro Alto and Baixa Pombalina.
In 1988 a large part of the Chiado burned. The cause of the fire remains a mystery to this day.
After rebuilding Chiado became a noble location.

Though it has become increasingly flooded with tourism, it is an area worth discovering.
From Chiado you can start climbing to the higher part of our second Lisbon hill, the Bairro Alto!

Bairro Alto, trendy going out district

The Bairro Alto is beating heart of Lisbon’s nightlife. A bit to explosive for some for others its the main reason for visiting Lisbon.
Bars and restaurants of all types alternate with designer and art shops in this trendy area.

Bottle collectors and beer lorries dominate the area during the day. At night it fills up with locals and tourists alike, all with the same goal, to have a good time!

Check some other stuff

adventure activities Portugal Event hotels Lisbon The Arrabida, Activities, landscapes and ideas

 

Need help?
Call 00351938328865 or use the form
We reply within 4 working hours, For a faster response call 00351 918354714

read more in Portugal magazine!

Extreme sports in Portugal – Lots of choices and excitement but safety comes first! Things to take into consideration
Web Summit coming to LISBON, NOVEMBER 6-9, 2017
Restaurant habits and traditions in Portugal
Best luxury hotels in Central Portugal
Best Culinary Lisbon restaurants suitable for groups and events
An introduction to Portuguese Wine
How to be a budget tourist in Lisbon
Organizing and planning your event in Portugal
The Golega Horse fair 2015 coming up again in November!
Wine team building challenge, know your wine!
Petiscos, the Portuguese Tapas
Active adventure in Portugal – leisure activities & extreme sports, find out what is trending!
Ribeira do Foz, hike to a hidden ancient water paradise.
Salgados, savory deep fried snacks that are typically Portuguese
Constancia, were the Tagus and Zezere rivers meet
Skydive ou Queda Livre Évora, vá Descobrir o Alentejo a partir do Céu!
Portugal travel – the nicest winter rainy day traveltips on Go Discover Portugal
Team Building Ideas and suggestions in Portugal
Corporate event sailing Portugal
Skydive Évora, Go Discover Alentejo from the Sky!
Adventures in the Algarve! Find the best things to do in the Algarve
Praia do Ribatejo, nature hikes through Portuguese history, river habitats and old river traditions
Hotel innovation in Alentejo, Go Discover modern rural Alentejo!
Christmas in Portugal, perfect vacations, great events, quality time, parties and relaxing – some tips
Santarém Historical beauty embraces culinary tradition.
District of Leiria – beaches, architecture and mountain retreats
FavoriteLoadingAdd to planner!
❤ Go to trip planner!
found in: | |
Category: Magazine | Portugal

We provide bespoke, made to measure solutions for group and corporate travel to Portugal.

Accommodation, Activities, Event venues, Team building, Catering, Restaurants and Transfers are our specialties.

Our Customers for Corporate events

Go Discover Portugal customers Go Discover Portugal customers All content, design and photo's on this site are protected by copyright © All material is our property, we do not allow and will not tolerate any duplication on the internet or on printed matter, without our written consent! Go discover Portugal 2012 - 2018