Lisbon: Places to Explore

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  • Alcântara and Belém

    The old port district of Alcântara got a face-lift in the 1990s, and since then it has been a nightlife hub, as well as a great place to relax by the river on warm days. The inauguration in 2008...

  • Alfama

    In the Alfama district, narrow, twisting streets and soaring flights of steps wind up to an imposing castle on one of the city's highest hills. This is a grand place to get your bearings and take...

  • Baixa

    The earthquake of 1755, the massive tidal wave, and subsequent fires killed thousands of people and reduced 18th-century Lisbon to rubble. But within a decade, frantic rebuilding under the...

  • Cais do Sodré and Santos

    Taking its name from a once-busy river quay, the Cais do Sodré neighborhood remains a transportation hub. Trains for Cascais and the Estoril Coast depart from the local rail station of the same...

  • Chiado and Bairro Alto

    West of Baixa is the fashionable shopping district of Chiado. Although a calamitous 1988 fire destroyed much of the area, an ambitious rebuilding program restored some of the fin de siècle...

  • Lapa

    Lapa is a quiet residential neighborhood with several chic eateries and one of Lisbon's most renowned casas de fado, Senhor Vinho. The Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga is at the foot of the district and...

  • The Modern City

    The attractions of 19th- to 21st-century Lisbon are as diverse as they are far-flung. Near the large square Praça dos Restauradores, north of Rossio, the southern reaches of the modern city echo...

  • Parque das Nações

    To prepare for the World Exposition in 1998, Lisbon's officials wisely kept in mind not only the immediate needs of the event, but also the future needs of the city. The result was the Parque das...

  • São Bento

    Downhill to the west of Bairro Alto is the São Bento neighborhood, dominated by the former monastery—now the Assembly of the Republic, Portugal's parliament—from which it takes its name. The...

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