Lisbon – A Walk through the Heart of the City!

We were headed to one of the oldest countries with a crucial history of discovery and explorations. Portugal is known for its traditional village life, beaches, delicious seafood and the famous personalities Vasco da Gama and Cristiano Ronaldo. Lisbon, the capital is a coastal city with steep snug streets and stairways connecting most parts of the old districts.

Praca do Comercio or Terreiro do Paço
We started our sightseeing with a dark, rich espresso from an old boat turned outdoor cafe overlooking the Tagus river opposite to the majestic square of Praca do Comercio.

Lisbon walk through

The square is also known as Terreiro do Paço which translates to Palace Square in English referring to the Palace that was the main residence of the Kings of Portugal in Lisbon for around 250 years until it was destroyed by the 1755 earthquake.

Rua Augusta Arch
The Rua Augusta Arch is historical building with triumphal arch located to the north of Praca do Comercio square. The terrace of the building is accessible by an elevator and rewards with a breathtaking view of the Praca do Comercio and its neighborhood, the Sao Jorge Castle, and the river Tagus. The arch is picturized in the movie Gulliver’s Travels where the Lilliputians wheel Gulliver through the arch at the end.

Lisbon walk through

Santa Justa Lift
We entered through the triumphal arch into a busy pedestrian street lined with outdoor cafes and branded shops. We moved onto a parallel street Rua de Santa Justa where stands the remarkable structure Santa Justa Lift. The lift connects the lower streets of the Baixa and the higher Bairro Alto. 105-foot ride to the top is recommended for some awe-inspiring rooftop panoramic view of the Lisbon city.

Lisbon walk through

Lisbon walk through

Lisbon walk through

Rossio Square
After around half a km stroll, we walked into the heart of the city the Rossio Square. The square is popular for several outdoor cafes where people sit and relax over a coffee. On either side of the square are two gorgeous baroque fountains, and in the center is a monument with a statue of Dom Pedro IV.

Lisbon walk through

Campo Pequeno
We boarded the hop on hop off bus to our next stop the Campo Pequeno, the bullring of Lisbon that accommodates up to 10,000 spectators. In the present day, the bullring is a multi-event venue where various events, band performances, and live acts hosted apart from the bull fighting. Bullfights season last from Easter until late summer.

Lisbon walk through

 

Lisbon walk through

We were by now hungry and were looking around for good restaurants. We by fluke found an Indian cuisine restaurant ‘Amigos da Montanha Nepal’ in a street opposite to the bullring. We had scrumptious lunch with north Indian and tandoori dishes on the menu. We were overwhelmed by a euphoric sense of satisfaction after having the Indian food that we had been missing for last almost 11 months.

Marques do Pombal
Back to the downtown of Lisbon also the start point of Hop on Hop off buses we visited the Marques do Pombal a large roundabout and a monument around a km walk from the Rossio. This is the monument with a statue of Marquis of Pombal, the prime minister responsible for the rebuilding of Lisbon following the Great Earthquake in 1755, showing him standing on a column with his hand on a lion.

Lisbon walk through

Parque Eduardo VII
Right behind the Marques do Pombal is the Parque Eduardo VII, a public park that stretches uphill from Marques de Pombal. At the top of the hill, on a small esplanade is a monument with four large pillars and a fountain in the shape of a rock that commemorates the 1974 Revolution.

Lisbon walk through

Monument has a beautiful view of the streets, square and the river Tagus in the distance.

Lisbon walk through

For a Shopping spree, one can visit the El Corte Ingles biggest department store group in Europe just half a km from here. It was by now near dusk and we decided to return to our apartment.

Lisbon has a well-preserved bygone charm and cultural heritage. The oldest district of Lisbon Alfama offering a laid back experience away from the hustle and bustle of city life, the exuberant nightlife and Fado houses of Bairro Alto to the elegant squares, streets of Baixa or downtown Lisbon – Lisbon has it all to allure the tourists.

Also, Read our blog on a visit to the monuments along the Tagus Riverfront.

Looking for day trips from Lisbon check out our trip to the prismatic town of Sintra.

What places have you visited in Lisbon? Which are your favorite ones?

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31 Comment

  1. We’ve spent a lot of time near Praça do Municipio (Fashion Week) and visited the oldest district of Lisbon (Alfama) with lovely architecture. Amazing memories and great weather! Wish we could stay there longer then!

  2. Great information, especially loved the Rossio Square information as well as the pictures in the post. I am heading to Lisbon and Barcelona at the end of summer and you have supplied me with information that I am sure to use. Hope to read more of your posts in the future.

  3. Nathan says: Reply

    This found me at the exact perfect time- I literally just landed in Lisbon last night! This will come in handy. Thank you!

  4. Christine says: Reply

    Oh how I wish I had the chance to visit Portugal. Unfortunately, I will have to live vicariously through others

  5. Sheri says: Reply

    I have never been to Portugal. We had talked about visiting but had not planned out a time when it would be best, as we would love to see as much as possible while we are there. The pictures you took are gorgeous and I especially love the bird eye view shots. I will about Sintra next. This is a good guide for visitors.

  6. Love the way you have captured the city through these amazing photos.
    Very informative and resourceful post for visitors to Lisbon.

  7. Thank you for these suggestions! I am actually going to Lisbon at the end of the month! I definitely want to go up that lift and take pictures. Lisbon looks fabulous and I’m so excited!

  8. shivansh says: Reply

    The santa just lift looks really scary, did you actually take it? Also, the Rossio square reminds me of the Hero’s square in Budapest.. very similar1

  9. Thanks for putting down these good information. I particularly like your second photo, it takes me to the atmosphere of the city, makes me feel I am there!

  10. Liana says: Reply

    Such amazing pictures and the Lisbon background is just amazing! It reminds me a lot of Spain actually! This was very informative! x

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  11. FABULOUS photos of one of my favourite European cities! I loved reading this and it took me right back to when I was last there, Karen

  12. I am Portuguese and would love to visit Lisbon one day, the bakeries are meant to be amazing- try the custard tarts they are so good and the bread is amazing x

  13. i have heard a lot about Lisbon but havnt been there. . . .till I had read your post. Your post makes me feel like i am in Lisbon and seeing evrything with my own eyes.

  14. Lisbon is pure poetry to me! I love your pics, they make me miss this city so much! Thank you for sharing

  15. What an amazing place. I really like the architecture and there are some incredible monuments!

  16. I’m yet to visit Portugal, but Lisbon is top of my list when I do! Thanks for sharing the history behind the impressive monuments too – a place always seems to have more character when you know the story behind it.
    Lily Kate
    jolihouse.com

  17. Carrie says: Reply

    All of your beautiful pictures really make me want to go to Lisbon! It has been on my wishlist and now I really want to go. Maybe soon.

  18. Sheena says: Reply

    A close friend of mine moved to Lisbon not long ago. Your post, along with her Facebook posts and email updates, really make me want to visit! Looks like such a lovely place!

  19. Fatima says: Reply

    The pictures are very beautiful. I have not been to Lisbon yet but I will try to visit next year. I have heard Portugal is a beautiful to spend a holiday.

  20. Sara says: Reply

    Beautiful sights! I’d love to visit Portugal, even if it’s just for a weekend. I’m a huge soccer fan and Christiano Ronaldo has always been my reason to visit, but now that I see those photos, I’m even more convinced.

  21. I’ve traveled a fair bit of Europe but never been to Portugal & its been on my list for a while now. The beautiful pictures you have here really make me want to plan it sooner than later. You’ve convinced me about it 😉

  22. Rosie says: Reply

    I went to the Algarve a few years ago and loved it. Portugal has such a great vibe about it and Lisbon looks lovely.

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  23. Great pictures, and nice post. Looks like a lovely place.

    Samantha xo | Blended To Perfection

  24. Beautiful pictures. Looks like you had a well round trip, I’ve always wanted to go to Portugal!

  25. Bella says: Reply

    I love the European architecture, it is absolutely breathtaking! Thanks for sharing your photos.

  26. Neha Gunnoo says: Reply

    Lisbon looks amazing! Amazing shots with the pictures! Thanks for sharing:)

  27. I love the distinctive buildings Portugal seems to have – white walls and red roofs certainly stand out and make a great picture! I’d love to visit the biggest department store in Europe!

  28. As always, your travel photos took me to places I`ve never been. I like the details of the building in the third photo.

  29. Mridul says: Reply

    Amazing photos! I really want to visit Lisbon soon.

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  31. Thais says: Reply

    I’m planning on taking my kids to Portugal (and Europe) next year. I love your post! Walking around the city is always the best way to get to know the place! Rossio Square reminded me a lot of Sao Paulo’s sidewalks!

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