Lisbon Baixa and Central Lisbon

This is the final of my blog posts about my mini break in Lisbon and I’m pleased to report that the rain stopped and the sun came out for two of our days there.

For a major European capital, I was surprised by just how quaint it was. The architecture is beautiful and very pretty. No skyscrapers or modern buildings at all.

Many buildings are adorned with exquisite tiles. 

This beautiful baroque fountain is one of two on The Praco Dom Pedro IV, which is the main central square in the Baixa district of Lisbon. 

At the north side of the square is the Teatro Nacional, in front of which is the second fountain. The mosaic pavement is so intricate and very striking.

To the south of the square is the pedestrian street, Rua Augusta which I mentioned in a previous Lisbon post and in which I also wrote about our trip to the top of the triumphal Arch seen behind me here.

Rua Augusta is full of outdoor cafes. We loved Sao Nicolau and dined there on several occasions for breakfast, lunch and supper. Oh and for Vinho Verde and bread during one of our many pit stops. The staff there were excellent as was the food and I highly recommend the prawns in garlic and chilli.

As well as having an excellent Metro system, Lisbon is served by trams both as a means of public transport and as a tour vehicle.

We went on a Hills Tour that took us around the narrow streets of Lisbon. there was commentary in several languages and it was brilliant to find out more about the history of this beautiful city.
These photographs were taken from the back of our tram.

The Hills Tour starts and ends at Praca do Comercio, accessed from Rua Augusta through the Triumphal Arch.

And this is the River Tagus…

…from which the 25 de Abril suspension bridge can be seen in the distance.

I loved every moment in Lisbon. It is a city full of charm and beauty with friendly locals and a laid back feeling.

I would absolutely love to return one day.

Love Lizzy x

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