No trip to Lisbon is complete without a visit to Bairro Alto. Walking tours of the district typically begin in Rossio Square and explain Lisbon’s long and rich history. Discover Lisbon’s oldest areas and buildings, such as the Carmo Convent and the St. Pedro de Alcantara viewpoint, and get a taste for what the city was like a hundred years ago. If you have more time, explore the city by bike, or on a pub crawl or food tour to sample some delicious Portuguese treats and drinks.
Things to Know Before You Go
Bairro Alto is a must-visit for shopaholics, foodies, and all first-time visitors to Lisbon.
Wear comfortable shoes to walk the area’s steep hills and cobblestoned streets.
Don’t worry about getting a spot inside a bar, as most of the fun spills out into the streets on most evenings.
Uneven sidewalks and small establishments make Bairro Alto quite difficult to navigate in a wheelchair or with a stroller.
How to Get There
The Baixa-Chiado metro station and tram 28 land you right in the heart of Bairro Alto. You can also take the Santa Justa Elevator (Elevador de Santa Justa) or Gloria Elevator (Elevador da Glória) up to the district. It is also a short walk from Praça de Comércio and Alfama, if you’re up for a bit of exercise.
When to Get There
The shoulder months of April, May, September, and October are considered to be the best times to explore Lisbon (and Portugal), when temperatures are cooler and crowds are thinner than during peak season (June through August). During summer (June to September), arrive early to Bairro Alto attractions to avoid long lines.
A Mix of Old and New
Bairro Alto, one of Lisbon’s oldest districts, has gotten numerous facelifts throughout the years. The area’s buildings have been rebuilt many times after earthquakes and fires, making Bairro Alto a great place to see a variety of architectural styles. In this bohemian neighborhood, popular among young people and seniors, classic apartment buildings stand beside hipster coffee shops in an interesting display of old and new.
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- Fado in Chiado
- Principe Real Garden (Jardim do Principe Real)
- Bica Funicular (Ascensor da Bica)
- Carmo Square (Largo do Carmo)
- Foz Palace (Palacio Foz)
- Ribeira Market (Mercado da Ribeira)
- Rossio Square (Praça de Dom Pedro IV)
- Santa Justa Lift (Elevador de Santa Justa)
- National Museum of Contemporary Art (Chiado Museum)
- Baixa District (Lower Town)
- Praça da Figueira
- Museum of Amalia Rodrigues (Fundacao Amalia Rodrigues Casa Museu)