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Cidade Baixa, Lisbon

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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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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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  • Cidade Baixa is the name of downtown Lisbon or the city center the heart of the city with it's important squares of which I best remember Rossio Square ,but there also are some 3-4 important squares l...  more »
  • In the city where is so much to see and do, Baixa area/district is definitely must see. Many major attraction are here and so are dozens and dozens different restaurants, bars, shops etc. Start your w...  more »
  • Baixa is the heart of Lisbon. It is embedded between the Chiadio quarter in the west and the Alfama in the east. After the horrible earthquake in 1755 which destroyed the biggest part of the historica...  more »