Cidade Baixa, Lisbon

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#9 of 13 in Neighborhoods in Lisbon
A main shopping and banking district, the pedestrianized Cidade Baixa, houses hundreds of stores and restaurants. Completely redesigned and reconstructed after the 1755 earthquake that devastated a large part of the city, this neighborhood boasts a grid layout that remains a living testimony to the Enlightenment ideas held dear by the 18th century city planners. Known locally as Lower Town, the elegant district represents one of the finest examples of earthquake-resistant architecture, featuring symmetrical wood lattices and inter-terrace walls designed for extra stability and fire containment. Explore the neighborhood by riding a tram, or watch the world go by from one of many alfresco cafes lining the area's neat streets. Use our Lisbon trip builder to visit Cidade Baixa on your trip to Lisbon, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • August 19, 2017
    The lower town is the starting point for several walks in the city of Lisbon. There are bars, restaurants, cafes, hotels and several attractions. Lisbon is a city of hills and up/down hills, but I'm glad you got the tracks, and electric trams to get around the Portuguese capital.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Lisbon’s Baixa district is distinguished by straight streets on a grid gently sloping from Rossio Square to Plaza of Commerce (Praça do Comércio), and Tagus River beyond. “Cidade” in Portuguese means ...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    This is the Baixa area of Baixa seen from the observation deck on the elevator of Santa Justa. Is the most lively tourist district in Lisbon. Rossio Square and Augusta Street, Santa Justa elevator, Comércio square and the victory arch, Arch of triumph.
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Check into one of Lisbon's grand city center hotels to position yourself well to explore the central historical districts on foot. To avoid the potentially high prices of some of the Old Town's central upscale hotels, try staying in a hostel instead. While some hostels have an upper age limit for their guests, they're affordable and oftentimes offer access to attractions on par with or better than bigger hotels. In the upper town, opt for one of the family-run bed and breakfasts, which provide affordable rooms and, as the name would suggest, include a meal as well.
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