Cidade Baixa, Lisbon

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#9 of 14 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. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Cidade Baixa by using our Lisbon online day trip planner .
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  • This part of the city is undeniable where converge. A few streets were built in the style of chess between Rocio railway station and the river after the earthquake and now is a magnet for visitors. But in fact, there wasn't much to be done, rather boring, and almost no tourism infrastructure.
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  • Gorgeous long streets, all leading down from the hilly parts of the city to the glittering sea. The area is brimming with shops and restaurants, some touristy, some little gems. It's definitely worth ...  more »
  • The center of downtown Lisbon, full of shops and places to eat and drink. Crowded, full of life. Maybe too many souvenir stores and tacky restaurants, but come for a stroll. Some pedestrian streets.  more »

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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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