Lisbon, the biggest city in Portugal and also the nation’s capital, is a hot tourist destination offering a multitude of attractions and high-class resort accommodations for travelers. With a population of over 500,000 people, Lisbon is a melting pot of different cultures that brings together a variety of interesting points of view. This cultural mix means that there’s something for everyone looking to spend a vacation in Lisbon.
I’m going to focus this post on three of the more popular “districts” in Lisbon: the Baix, Bairro Alto and Chiado. These areas of the city are easily reachable from any of the fine hotels in Lisbon. On that note, if you’re looking for a nice place to stay there are plenty of agencies offering worldwide hotel bookings that can help you find the right hotel for your stay.
The first district, the Baixa, is better known as Lisbon’s downtown area. If you’re a history buff, this is the place to go and see some of Lisbon’s finest historical monuments such as Commerce Square and Rossio Square. There are also several lovely churches in the Baixa such as the Church of SÃ£o Domingos of the Church of Nossa Senhora da ConceiÃ§Ã£o Velha.
Bairro Alto, located in central Lisbon, is the center for shopping and entertainment in the city. If you’re interested in the youth culture of the city or its nightlife than this is the area of Lisbon you’ll want to find yourself in. The bar and club scene here in Bairro Alto offers a nice mixture of cultures as well as a collection of tourists and locals alike.
Chiado is where you’ll find Lisbon’s best cafes and art galleries. For anyone interested in ancient architecture, Chiado has fine examples of Portuguese buildings. The local art galleries in Chiado also contain some fine examples of Portuguese art. The best place to find that would be at the Museu do Chiado.
As you can tell, Lisbon offers lots of opportunities for vacationers and travelers interested in visiting Portugal. With it’s close proximity to Spain, anyone thinking of visiting the Iberian peninsula might want to consider a two-country travel itinerary. You can easily start your vacation in Spain by staying in one of the fine hotels Madrid Norte has to offer.